(Quick edit – Most of the Republicans I know wear a mask and most of the Democrats I know wear a mask for the right reason, but there are so many out there…)
A couple of weeks ago I was in a team meeting. My manager was talking about new policy for reopening facilities and ended by saying (paraphrased), “I still want you all to telecommute full time unless there is an emergency that demands your on-site attention. Your health, and your families’ health, are more import than a job. And I don’t care about your personal politics, wear a mask!” It was a very nice statement, but a little strange that he had to say anything about politics.
A couple of days later I had to go into a gas station. Even though I was the only customer in there, I put on my mask before entering. A minute later a few other people came in, and by the time I left there were maybe six others. Not a one had a mask. Several gave me dirty looks. One stared at me with complete hatred. I tried to ignore him, but prepared myself for violence. He followed me around with clenched fists and gritted teeth. This person wasn’t just refusing to wear a mask for political reasons, he was taking me wearing a mask as a personal attack.
This is just such odd behavior, like nothing I have experienced in my life.
Why is a safety device a political statement? Continue reading