April 7, 2020

Black Men Kicked Out of Walmart for Wearing Masks During Pandemic


The Telegraph reports that two black men were recently escorted out of a Walmart in Wood River, Ill. for wearing surgical masks. Jermon Best and Diangelo Jackson were shopping for supplies when a cop followed them around the store. 


From The Telegraph:

Wood River Police Chief Brad Wells said he had been reluctant to make a public statement about the incident because the video didn’t look good on the surface. 

“There’s not much I can say,” said Wells. “I backed the officer by what he tells me. Just like anything, there’s more to the story.”


 Video: Twitter

Wells said the officer “was mistaken when it came to the store’s policy prohibiting masks” and it was “the one error” made in the incident.

So obviously, there are racial undertones here. Why approach two people during a public health crisis about wearing surgical masks? At the time of the video’s release, a national emergency had been declared, COVID-19 had been labeled a pandemic and people were being asked to stay at home. There was an abundance of signs telling us that shit had indeed gotten real. Even if there was a policy prohibiting masks, this is probably not the time to enforce it.



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