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Flat White

Medical discrimination is not segregation. It’s worse

1 November 2021

12:01 PM

1 November 2021

12:01 PM

I’ve argued before that Australia has entered an era of segregation comparable to the racial segregation of America’s past. However, that was inaccurate. What we are seeing unfold in Australia is not segregation but outright exclusion – a policy even more cruel and worthy of protest.  

The comparison of medical discrimination to racial segregation is an obvious one because signs reading “please have your proof-of-vaccination ready” are reminiscent of old photographs of businesses with signs in the front windows reading “We accept White trade only.” 

In America’s Jim Crow days, there were plenty of businesses and venues that “coloured” people were excluded from, but there were also different sections where they were...

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