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Oregon Town Says Only White People Must Wear Masks

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Oregon Town Says Only White People Must Wear Masks

Lincoln County, Oregon, is now exempting anyone that’s not white from wearing a mask. Local officials believe that mask may increase instances of racial profiling.

Last week, health officials declared that all citizens must wear masks as part of their coronavirus prevention plan. The masks are to be worn whenever a person may interact with other people in less than a 6-foot range. However, people of color are left out of the mandatory measure because of “heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment.”

“No person shall intimidate or harass people who do not comply,” health officials said.

Officials believe that people of color being forced to wear a mask creates a dangerous situation.

“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.

“It looks like almost every criminal sketch of any garden-variety black suspect.”

As you can imagine, this news went over like a lead balloon on social media.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.

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