Has it really come to this? What a dismaying, demoralizing, disgusting travesty: Black Lives minimized; white fear maximized. Woebegone in Oregon!
(CNN)People of color are exempt from an Oregon county's mask mandate over concerns about racial profiling.
Lincoln County, Oregon, requires most residents to wear face coverings in public settings, indoors or outdoors. The overwhelmingly White county will not require non-White residents to wear them if they fear harassment, the county said this month.
It's one of the first counties in the US to exempt people of color from wearing masks to prevent racial profiling.
Also exempt are people with disabilities or medical conditions whose breathing would be obstructed by a mask and children under 12, though children ages 2 through 12 are still encouraged to cover their faces.
Lincoln County, home to nearly 50,000 residents, is almost 90% White and less than 1% Black, census data shows. But it's also home to the Siletz Reservation and a growing population of Latino residents.
The county's directive diverges from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's mask guidance, which requires residents in seven counties to wear masks in indoor public spaces without exemptions for people of color.
"This [wearing a mask] seems like a reasonable response unless you just sort of take American society out of it," Trevor Logan, an economics professor at Ohio State University and a Black man, told CNN. "When you can't do that, you're basically telling people to look dangerous given racial stereotypes that are out there."
It's a "lose-lose" scenario, ReNika Moore of the ACLU's Racial Justice Program told CNN in April, because either way, Black Americans feel endangered.
@schlomoWhat we are seeing is the politizing of wearing a mask. Trump followers do not wear mask, and Biden's followers do. Which is the most amazing reaction of this time. But I also believe that this will have a negative effect on the ones that his President is trying to have them support him. Because the old people many of them are his supporters, and by not wanting others to see them wearing masks, and now that they cannot even vote by mail because that also has become a NO NO to Trump followers, they will stay home and not vote. He is actually diminishing his core of voters, with his stupidity. Hurrah Trump please continue