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Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.

This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Gov. Kemp urged to suspend anti-mask law amid coronavirus outbreak

“Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended everyone wear a mask when they go out in public, many people are doing it, but some are concerned it will get them in trouble.
Georgia has an anti-mask law that was adopted 70 years ago, and there's nothing new in the law that says a public health emergency is a reason to wear a mask.

Two men were escorted out of an Illinois Walmart because they were wearing masks.
Now, leaders are asking Gov. Brian Kemp to suspend the anti-mask law for now.
"The anti-mask law was adopted in 1951 and served its purpose," according to attorney and civil rights activist Gerald Griggs.

"It was as enacted to prevent the (Ku Klux) Klan from being able to appear masked and robed in public, and that’s the purpose for the law," Griggs said.

He said now that we're in a pandemic, Georgians really need the governor to step in.
"We really need for the governor to step up and suspend the prosecution of that," Griggs said. "Or elected district attorneys and solicitors to agree to not prosecute. Otherwise we're going to have a real problem."
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered Atlanta police officers not to enforce this law right now after she saw that the two black men were escorted out of the Illinois Walmart simply because they wouldn't take off their surgical masks.

Griggs said that puts the Atlanta police in a tight spot.
"The only problem is, Georgia police officers are POST (Georgia Peace Officer Training Council) certified, so they’re state officers regardless if they work for APD (Atlanta Police Department) or not, their policing certification is from the state," Griggs said.

That means Atlanta police have to enforce state laws.
State Sen. Nikema Williams wrote a letter asking the governor to suspend the law for now.
It reads, in part:

"This problem will only get worse for people of color who wear homemade cloth coverings."
Kemp said he's considering his options. The governor certainly has the power to suspend the law for now or make provisions.
Kemp is expected to make a decision this week.”

Gov. Kemp urged to suspend anti-mask law amid coronavirus outbreak

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