Full Story:White moms in California are protesting against the state’s vaccine mandates — and comparing themselves to civil rights activists, according to a new report.
During a recent sit-in at the California State Capitol, a group of anti-vaxxer women sang “We Shall Overcome,” the anthem of the 1960s civil rights movement, Politico reported on Wednesday.
In a rally outside Gov. Gavin Newsom office, they walked up and down the corridors chanting: “No segregation, no discrimination, yes on education for all!” Many of them wore “Freedom Keepers” shirts.
The women were part of hundreds of anti-vaxxers who occupied the capitol in Sacramento this month in protest of legislation cracking down on medical exemptions for childhood immunizations.
They seemed to equate their plight — of vaccine requirements for public school kids — with that of the decades-long struggle to enforce the constitutional rights of African Americans, including by putting an end to race-based school segregation.
Legislators were appalled at the protesters co-option chants, slogans and themes of the movement to further their cause.