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.
Attention County Commissioners of Lincoln County, Oregon: you have hired crazy people to work for you. Masks not required for “people of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public”?https://t.co/q1hnJHNrA2
— James Buchal (@JamesBuchal) June 23, 2020
— Boris Epstein (@borepstein) June 23, 2020
In Lincoln County, Oregon, only White people are required to wear masks in public. There is an exception within the county’s health directly that specifically excludes “people of color” from having to wear a mask.
It never ceases to amaze me how racist liberals truly are… pic.twitter.com/xszpd9ReVW
— Conservative Daily (@cdalerts) June 23, 2020
Lincoln County Oregon just released a rule requiring masks for ALL citizens
…Except people of color with “heightened racial concerns about racial profiling”
Wait, but I thought the virus targeted People Of Color?
Or is that not the narrative anymore?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) June 23, 2020
Author: Jim Satney
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