Boston’s Acting Mayor Kim Janey, the first woman and Black mayor in the city’s history, said the New York City policy of showing proof of vaccination to dine indoors, workout, or do other indoor activities reminds her of former slaves having to show their “freedom papers.”
“There’s a long history in this country of people needing to show their papers,” Janey told CNN Wednesday following New York City’s announcement that residents had to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before being allowed to go certain places and do certain things.
According to the University of Pittsburgh, “Freedom Papers” were documents that freed slaves had to show to move around and settle down in a town.
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