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When Choosing to Wear a Face Covering Is a Lose-Lose Situation: State Mandates and African Americans’ Fears of Profiling and Policing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Event Type
Informational
Sponsor
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OVCDEI); the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR); and Illinois Human Resources (IHR)
Location
ZOOM Meeting
Virtual
Date
Jun 25, 2020   2:00 - 3:00 pm  
Registration
Registration
Contact
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (OVCDEI)
E-Mail
diversity@illinois.edu
Phone
217-300-9580
Views
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Originating Calendar
Employee Development and Learning

A number of people of color fear that wearing facial coverings could exacerbate racial profiling and place Black and Latinx people in danger. However, with African Americans, Latinx, and Indigenous people contracting COVID-19 at higher rates than other segments of the population, not wearing a facial covering puts them at a greater risk of contracting the virus. This discussion will center around the realities of these fears. It will also look at some of the emerging data in cities like New York that show that African American and Latinx residents are being policed more aggressively and cited more regularly than others for mask and social distancing violations.

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