Here’s a partial list of events that are less important to New York’s mayor than Black Lives Matter protests:
- West Indian American Day Carnival in Brooklyn on Labor Day weekend
- Dominican Day Parade in Midtown Manhattan
- San Gennaro festival in Little Italy
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is allowing Black Lives Matter protesters to continue marching through city streets, reports the New York Post, even while the city cancels these and all other large events through September.
The reason? Because “change” is all-important. And, all of a sudden, coronavirus just doesn’t seem to be spread by protesters.
De Blasio gave his incoherent reasoning on CNN on July 9, saying the media-fueled, fully media-approved demonstrations for “social justice” were too important to stop. More than a month of demonstrations have not led to an outbreak of coronavirus cases, he said as well, even as media outlets nationwide attempt to stir up fear at just such an outbreak.
“This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that but also say to people the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs — we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now,” de Blasio told host Wolf Blitzer.
A late-June study from the National Bureau of Economic Research found no evidence that coronavirus cases jumped in 315 cities in the weeks after the first protests. Researchers determined that protests may have been offset by an increase in social distancing among those who decided not to march.
The de Blasio administration will also deny all permits for events in parks that it believes will “unreasonably diminish public use” as well as street fairs and events stretching larger than one block or for gatherings that require a sound system.