The New York Post reports that a county in Oregon is exempting people of color from its new mandate that citizens wear masks because of fears that they might be racially profiled.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 23, 2020
With mask requirements becoming more common, activists have raised concerns that the directives could put non-white people in danger.
“For many black people, deciding whether or not to wear a bandanna in public to protect themselves and others from contracting coronavirus is a lose-lose situation that can result in life-threatening consequences either way,” ReNika Moore, director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, told CNN.
Trevon Logan, who is black, said orders to wear face coverings are “basically telling people to look dangerous given racial stereotypes that are out there.”
“This is in the larger context of black men fitting the description of a suspect who has a hood on, who has a face covering on,” Logan, an economics professor at Ohio State University, told the outlet.
For what it’s worth, we’d be all for a mandate that members of Antifa not wear kerchiefs over their faces while they’re doing their rioting.
— Marko (@NikolaCapital) June 23, 2020
I can’t even
— JCorrado (@ForzaCorrado) June 23, 2020
This will go over well.
— Inked Viking (@InkedViking) June 23, 2020
?Oregon wokeism at it’s finest
— JoeRock99 (@JoeRock99) June 23, 2020
It's insanity. COVID is more contagious and has a higher fatality rate for black people. This Oregon county is apparently deliberately trying to kill them.
— Thrill (@Thrill_RVS) June 23, 2020
I sure hope I read this right… ?
— Laura ♏️ (@3442Laura) June 23, 2020
It’s … complicated.
I'm very confused. Is this racist against White people who have to wear a mask or is it racist against non-White people who don't have to wear a mask and potentially catch CV19?
— Kwame R. Ackermann (@richardakcer42) June 23, 2020
I’m probably not the only person who seriously wonders whether they’re trying to help people or hurt them.
— Joseph Bevilacqua (@joebev49) June 23, 2020
It would be better if there were no order at all
— Sparks ? (@sparpsxyz) June 24, 2020
Everyone remembers the mask isn't protecting the wearer, right?
— Patchouli Jim (@PatchouliJim) June 23, 2020
This is complete madness
— Joshua Kessler (@JoshuaKessler1) June 23, 2020
When you’re so woke it backfires
— Allusionsxp ? (@Allusionsxp) June 23, 2020
The fact that this is real is scary
— Sixty (@sixtycent60) June 24, 2020
Party of science
— TheFellow (@TheFeIIow) June 23, 2020
Wait… this can’t be real
— Shay (@_shayde2) June 23, 2020
Am I actually reading this?
— Election Banter (@election_banter) June 24, 2020
So… they’re telling a group of people at higher risk not to wear a mask. Sounds like they don’t care about black lives
— Jamie Kay (@kayja975) June 23, 2020
Oregon is delusional.
— Steve R (@flubs68) June 24, 2020
The Post reports that county health officials have said “no person shall intimidate or harass people who do not comply,” so if you’re black and not wearing a mask in the grocery store, Karen will just have to zip it.
‘Hey, whatever makes you feel safe under that bandana’: Bethany Mandel takes the mask-mob APART in thread https://t.co/GvDNeUXaeq
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 19, 2020