Boston Mayor compared vaccine policy to slavery-era freedom papers and birtherism

Friday - 06/08/2021 08:50
Acting Mayor Kim Janey in Boston on July 26, 2021.Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe via Getty Images
Acting Mayor Kim Janey in Boston on July 26, 2021.Pat Greenhouse / Boston Globe via Getty Images
Other mayoral candidates, all of whom are women or people of color, voiced opposition to Janey's remarks about the vaccination rule.

(CNN) - After New York City announced people will need proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter some indoor facilities, acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey likened the rule to the slavery-era freedom papers.

"There's a long history in this country of people needing to show their papers," Janey told CNN affiliate WCVB on Tuesday when asked by reporters about New York City's announcement.
Janey then listed several examples of how people in the United States have been asked for documentation in the past, "during slavery, post-slavery, as recent as...what [the] immigrant population has to go through here. We heard Trump with the birth certificate nonsense," she said.
During slavery, freedom papers or certificates of freedom were documents that African Americans secured as proof they had a right to move and remain safe from enslavement.

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