“An Oregon county has decided to make people of color exempt from its mandatory mask policy, citing the potential for racial profiling. The decision comes as multiple counties in Oregon have ramped up face-covering requirements to slow the spread of coronavirus. Lincoln County’s general directive requires everyone to wear a face-covering in any indoor public setting, or any outdoor setting where six feet of social distancing can’t be maintained. But the county wrote on its website that “People of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public” are exempt from the rule.” – CBS News
We are collectively experiencing an unprecedented time in our history, nationally and globally. We are fighting against racially fueled and biased injustice. The gross negligence of law and order. While, all at the same time, dodging a deadly illness.
Melanated beings have been under attack daily, monthly and yearly for centuries. Every minute of every day, we must exercise caution and stay vigilant of our surroundings. What we are foregoing now isn’t any different. You can say it’s more blatant and widely displayed.
We have a new treat at hand. A pandemic. An illness. A disease. Bringing death to families, friends, co-workers and acquaintances much quicker than lung cancer. Quicker than HIV. Quicker than caucasians. “Putting racial and ethnic minority groups at greater risk…”, said the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control, on their website.
A new study just concluded that minority groups, mostly blacks and hispanics, are extremely vulnerable. Whether it is because of healthcare, poor health, or pre-existing conditions, we are more susceptible of catching this disease. Another caution on the bucket list of life-enders.
Here’s what the CDC published:
“The effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups is still emerging; however, current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups. A recent CDC MMWR report included race and ethnicity data from 580 patients hospitalized with lab-confirmed COVID-19 found that 45% of individuals for whom race or ethnicity data was available were white, compared to 59% of individuals in the surrounding community.
However, 33% of hospitalized patients were black, compared to 18% in the community, and 8% were Hispanic, compared to 14% in the community. These data suggest an overrepresentation of blacks among hospitalized patients. Among COVID-19 deaths for which race and ethnicity data were available, New York City identified death rates among black/African American persons (92.3 deaths per 100,000 population) and Hispanic/Latino persons (74.3) that were substantially higher than that of white (45.2) or Asian (34.5) persons. Studies are underway to confirm these data and understand and potentially reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minorities.”
So, to contest the narrative of health and safety, why would Lincoln County, Oregon, exempt these minority groups from wearing a mask? Here is their reasoning for doing so:
“Violence and discrimination are a daily experience for people who are Black, Indigenous and people of color,” the county said on its website. “Racism and racist reactions to Black, indigenous, and people of color wearing face coverings is a reality. And yet we know face coverings can help people stay healthy and save lives. Multnomah County does not tolerate discrimination or violence toward individuals because of their race, ethnicity or identity.”
Other exemptions include children under the age of 12 and people with particular medical conditions or disabilities.
Although diagnosis and cases, including death, are rising, the county claims it is battling discrimination and racial tensions.
In my own opinion, this judgement is similar to a death wish. We should all be taking precaution and reassuring our families safety. These statements almost sound sardonic; with everything happening worldwide. Does that sound like a contest of affliction to you, as it does me? Every categorized exemption mentioned in the press release contradicts the CDCs guidelines, preventions and risk assessments…They don’t really care about our well being as melanated humans.