June 24, 2020

USA: Lincoln County, Oregon Has Exempted ALL Non-White People From A New Order Requiring That Face Coverings Be Worn In Public. However, All White People Are Forced To Wear The Mask. ๐Ÿ˜ง

NY Post
written by Jackie Salo
Wednesday June 23, 2020

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.

With mask requirements becoming more common, activists have raised concerns that the directives could put non-white people in danger.

“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.”
UPDATE 6/24/20 at 6:33pm: Added info below.

KOIN 6 published June 24, 2020: Lincoln County is gaining national attention for exempting people of color from its mandatory face mask policy in an effort to ease worries over racial profiling.

written by Staff
Wednesday June 24, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Lincoln County has backtracked on its decision to exempt people of color from its mandatory face mask policy, citing a “shocking” backlash of “horrifically racist commentary” from the community.

Lincoln County issued the directive on face coverings on June 17 and included several exceptions, including for people with certain medical conditions, children under 12 and “people of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public.”

The directive also said the mandate is self-executed and that no one is allowed to intimidate or harass individuals who do not adhere to it.

The decision to exempt people of color, which was made in an effort to ease worries over racial profiling, gained national attention.

But on Wednesday, Lincoln County reversed its decision to exempt people of color in response to public backlash and feedback from leadership within the county’s communities of color who asked for the policy to be revised because it was “making them possible targets for more hate.”

An updated list of exceptions to Lincoln County’s face covering directive can be found here.

Face coverings will be required while in indoor public spaces for Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Hood River, Marion, Polk, and Lincoln counties beginning Wednesday. Face coverings are not required while eating at restaurants. Children under 12 are exempt as well as those with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing them.

UPDATE 6/27/20 at 12:07pm: Added info below.

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