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Only white people are required to wear masks in Lincoln County, Oregon.
No, that is not a Babylon Bee or Onion headline. This is real life. Real life in 2020, anyway.
Lincoln County, Oregon, has exempted non-white people from a new order requiring that face coverings be worn in public — to prevent racial profiling.
Health officials announced last week residents must wear face coverings in public settings where they may come within six feet of another individual who is not from the same household.
But people of color do not have to follow the new rule if they have “heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment” over wearing the masks, officials said.
“No person shall intimidate or harass people who do not comply,” health officials said.
“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.
This is so confusing. Is COVID-19 a deadly virus that we must avoid, or not? It seems like the level of danger is dependent upon… politics. If you are rioting for leftist causes? Not dangerous. If you are protesting for your basic freedom to work and associate? Very dangerous. Are you white? Then it’s very dangerous. Are you black? Well, then it really depends on what agenda you are trying to push.
This decision by Lincoln County, Oregon is very puzzling. I’ve read so much about how black people are more likely to die from COVID-19 because of racism. And now we have a county telling black people they don’t have to wear a mask.
In addition to being a puzzling decision, it’s also very racist! This county should be sued by any white person who does not want to wear a mask and is forced to do so. It’s also very racist against black people. Lincoln County basically assumes that people of color look like criminals in masks. Sounds like they are the people with a problem with racial stereotypes. We are in a “pandemic,” so wearing a mask right now is the least suspicious thing ever!
Whatever happened to equal treatment under the law?