COVID: Oregon’s Lincoln County mandates masks with racist exemption, putting black residents at risk

An Oregon county’s mask mandate has exceptions about racial profiling putting non-White residents at higher risk of contracting coronavirus.

Lincoln County, Oregon, requires most residents to wear face coverings in public settings, indoors or outdoors. The requirement will not extend to minorities if they fear harassment, the county said.

“The following individuals do not need to comply with this Directive: … People of color who have heightened concerns about racial profiling and harassment due to wearing face coverings in public,” the mandate says.

The exemption follows concerns expressed by activists that mask requirements put people of color in danger, the New York Post reported.

“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.

Census data shows that the county is 90% white and less than 1% Black, heightening concerns that a mask mandate could result in more racial profiling, CNN reported.

“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,” Trevon Logan, an economics professor at Ohio State University, told CNN. “It looks like almost every criminal sketch of any garden-variety black suspect.”

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4 Comments

  1. I live and practice law in Lincoln County Oregon. The fact that there would have to be an exception for people of color colour in Lincoln County is ridiculous. First of all you could count the number of African Americans in Lincoln County on two hands. Second, I am familiar with the law enforcement agencies in Lincoln County. By national standards they are quite Progressive and there is little chance that they would react inappropriately because an African American person was wearing a mask particularly since the county is ordering it. This story is Much Ado About Nothing except for the fact like everywhere we have a few racist nut cases that post comments. On the other hand, the virus doesn’t care what race you are. Allowing exceptions from The Mask rule for social or political purposes when this is a biological issue makes as much sense as trying to collect water in a bucket with holes in it.

  2. I feel that this rule is not necessary, the virus doesn’t care about where your from or who you are,, you need to be concerned about this pandemic.we are all humans and we should care about each other and wear a mask and distance our selves for now.people need to stop being uncaring and rude.i work at a place that requires a mask inorder to work everyone is in this situation together.god bless all of you, take care of your family and neighbors.

  3. Omg stop this madness.we are in a pandemic.not wearing a mask is rude and uncaring.this virus doesn’t care about who you are or what you look like.have a heart care about others.this is not a race issue,we live in the melting pot, we are all humans.be kind, caring and loving.stop being rude .

  4. People say that the COVID death rate is 0.40% ! This was circulated in several news channels also !

    Me Thinks the death rate is beyond 10%,on aggregate count,and for some nations it is way beyond.

    As per – https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries = there are 7.5 million cases and 420000 dead.Simple numerics place it at proximating 6%.

    Wrong me says ! dindooohindoo

    India,Brazil,Russia have seen a sharp rise in cases,in the last 30 days.40% of their cases came in the last 30 days,and for India,it will worsen exponentially.If you see the kill data of the RIB in the BRICS – it has increased sharply,in the last 30 days (which proves my thesis)

    People dying today,were in the quasi morgue (hospitals) 30-60 days ago.Let us take it,at 30 days.

    So we rewind to 30 days ago,and exclude the jump in RIB of BRICS,in the last 30 days. So we have say 4.5 million cases and the kill quant is 420,000

    Rate proximates 10% ! But that is also wrong,as the infected are NOT solely on RTPCR mode.Many nations cannot afford it and are doing antibody tests.An antibody positive may be RTPCR negative,and the vice versa is less likely. If you exclude these specimens from the infected tally,the % rises further.

    Also have to exclude the recovered cases – as those with immunity will recover in 30 days – AS THE VIRUS was DESIGNED THAT WAY.Unlike HIV and Cancer – where patients are NOT likely to recover- on a generic mode.But those who recover from COVID -WILL (in part) come back again,and then die.That will double count the infected cases.Hence,we exclude the recovered cases (which are 4 million,as per site stated above).

    These Johnnies who recouped,may have been infected,say 15 days ago – and if you rewind to 15 days ago,and deduct the spike in the RIBs of the BRICS – you will have an infected base of,say 6 million.If you remove the recovered (4 million),and then ratio it,to the dead of 420000 – then you have a kill ratio of 21% !

    Cannot compare the dead to the entire population – as of this instant – as it would include billions of aged,morbid and asymptomatics – who will get infected very soon.

    If we take a 1 year horizon – then post the 1 year – you could take the global population – as that by that time,the virus would have had enough time,to spread,evolve and mutate (across the latitudes and seasons).At that stage,a ratio w.r.t the population,would be a meaningful statistic – to benchmark intra and inter se,with other diseases.By that time the death rate will mature and the complete breakdown of the health infrastructure will be apparent (to explain the future geometric rise)

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