The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

“Very Good Workers”
—But Not Good Enough for a Vaccine

Mar 15, 2021

Debbie Lesko, U.S. Representative from Arizona, said that Hispanics “are very good workers.” But she thinks the undocumented should have to wait at the end of the line to be vaccinated, after citizens.

Of course, the vast majority of Hispanics are citizens or legal residents: two-thirds were born in the U.S. But whether they are here legally or not, these “very good workers” are disproportionately working the frontline jobs that put people at highest risk for catching COVID. According to the CDC, Hispanics have been dying of COVID at more than double the rate of white people.

In blunt, obviously racist terms, this Congressional “representative” reflected the attitudes of the capitalist class she serves. Those capitalists have treated workers as disposable ever since this pandemic began—whatever our race or ethnicity.