A new directive by Health Officials in Lincoln County, Oregon, requires that all residents wear a mask in public, but the order says that  ‘people of color’ are exempted from the requirement.

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The reasoning by health officials considers that some ‘people of color’ may have “heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment” over wearing the masks:

According to an ACLU Activist, making ‘people of color’ wear a mask could put them in danger:

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“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.”

A black professor from Ohio State said forcing people of color to wear a mask is “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. It looks like almost every criminal sketch of any garden-variety black suspect.”

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