Back in July of 2020, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he was banning all large gatherings in New York City except for Black Lives Matter protests. The month before, NPR featured a letter signed by dozens of health and public disease experts explaining that “white supremacy is a lethal public health issue” that needed to be dealt with as well as the coronavirus. Glenn Greenwald points to that nonsensical twist in lockdown history as the moment that “single-handedly destroyed trust in public health officials.”

That lawyer got more press out of a cheap Grim Reaper costume than one can imagine. Yes, being outdoors at the beach in Florida was going to kill you. He even started a fund to buy body bags to hand out.

Then people tried to argue that the Black Lives Matter protests weren’t superspreader events, but the Capitol riot was. The Washington Post decided that Lollapalooza wasn’t a superspreader event, but the Sturgis motorcycle rally was.

Racism has since been declared a public health emergency by both Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (so she could divert $10 million in federal COVID funds to the issue) and the New York Board of Health.