I stumbled on to a site called SORRYANTIVAXXER.COM that describes itself as “a repository of stories of anti-vaxxers who died or came close to dying of COVID needlessly from their own scientifically un-sound and stubborn beliefs.” Yes, there is a website about damn near anything.
As you scroll through the site you will find, surprise, surprise, that 99.9% of the dearly departed are white, most are middle aged or older, and again, surprise, surprise, a large percentage are from Southern states.
One of the saddest stories on this website is about Jordan Sinor, of Harrison, Arkansas (yes, considered a Southern state). Jordan was a 16-year-old boy with Down Syndrome who was eligible for the vaccine. But apparently Jordan’s mother, April Mathews, didn’t believe in the science or the effectiveness of the vaccine. And even after his death, a son she described as her best friend, she still refuses to get vaccinated. I don’t know about you but Jordan’s death sounds like child abuse to me.
For those of you that are familiar with my blog you know that I am a full-blooded Southern man, a Carolina boy (North and South) that has never lived beyond the borders of the Carolinas. My ancestry is filled to the brim with Revolutionary War veterans who defended their Carolina homes. Civil War veterans (don’t ask which side) who were tricked into defending and dying for the rich plantation owners and politicians of the South. My ancestors were slave owners, and moonshiners. But mostly we were barefoot, rag wearing, red clay farming, married your second cousin loving, dirt poor rednecks.
My heritage follows me everywhere I go. I can’t hide from it. I open my mouth and you know who and what I am. I talk slowly, “dog” is a four-syllable word. I eat grits, collards, and country ham. I have been to at least 100 NASCAR races in my 60 years. I even “attended” the Darlington 500 in my mothers womb in 1960. And I drive an old, piece of shit 1982 F-250 pick-up truck with no air, no heat, and no radio.
But here is where I am different from my uncles, my cousins, and about 70% of the rest of the state of South Carolina, I recognize and believe the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate. Don’t give me the bullshit argument about heritage, or southern pride, the Klan, George Wallace, Dylann Roof, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi groups fucked that up. I believe in science, not just the “science” of making meth, or the “science” of why you need to bleed out a deer. I believe there are people smarter than me. People that want to protect me and my family from a virus that, to date, has killed 645,000 Americans in less than two years. Think about that number and timeframe for a second, 645,000 Americans in less than two years. Is there anything else that you can think of that has killed that many Americans in that short amount of time? One thing, Cancer.
Cancer kills about 600,000 Americans every year. Do we protest when Doctors, Scientist, fill our bodies with one experimental drug after another? No, hell no, we beg them for more. We beg them to save our child’s life. We plead with them to save our 80-year-old mothers life. So, tell me why COVID-19 is different from Cancer? If April Matthews’ son Jordan had leukemia would she been willing to try any drug, any treatment, anything to save his life? I hope she would have but I guess it would have depended on what her Facebook research told her to do.
Look, if the MAGAers, Deplorables, Trumpers, QAnon, Proud Boys, White Nationalist, neo-Nazis, Evangelicals, and your average Joe Dirt redneck don’t want to get vaccinated, shit don’t, please don’t. Keep the death count in Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and all the other first cousins marrying Southern states clicking upwards. Does it hurt the rest of us? Sure, but at this point the short-term pain is worth the long-term gain of getting your dumbasses covered in dirt, six feet in the ground where you can’t hurt us or anyone else anymore.