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America’s Valve-Slamming Nervous Breakdown

Lincoln County, Oregon! Big Sister is watching you!

Actually, this is true. The county said everybody had to wear masks, except POCs who are afraid of racial profiling. Because left-wing politics are more important than science. After a lot of pushback, Lincoln County reversed its policy:

Initially, a Lincoln County commissioner said the board felt the exemption was the right thing to do due to concerns of racial profiling. It was the of the first counties in the US to exempt people of color from wearing masks to prevent racial profiling.

According to guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, businesses should take into account that requiring people to wear face coverings impacts everyone differently, including people of color who may have heightened concerns about racial profiling.

Commissioner Claire Hall says the county’s received a lot of feedback on both sides of the issue.

“Certainly, we’ve got a lot of very angry white people saying we’re out of our minds and worse,” Hall said. “I’d say our office has heard from at least a dozen people of color. You know one of them said aren’t you aware that the virus disproportionately impacts communities of color? And I said oh yeah absolutely. But also the same people saying that you know they fear an unintended consequence of a well-intentioned policy. Let’s say a person of color comes into our courthouse and chooses not to wear a face covering, they’re actually more likely to be harassed and profiled than if they don’t.”

Angry Wypipo — is there anything they can’t do?

Meanwhile, to the northeast of Lincoln County, Portland does its best to outdo Portlandia:

“No justice, no booty!” was one of the rallying cries during a PDX Stripper Strike protest on Wednesday afternoon.

About 100 people gathered for the event, which marched along Southeast Stark Avenue in the Montavilla neighborhood past two strip clubs, Club 205 and The Venue Gentlemen’s Club.

At least two of the protesters walked a mile and a half in platform stiletto heels.

Cat Hollis, lead coordinator with the Haymarket Pole Collective, which works to implement anti-discrimination policies in the adult industry, delivered letters of demands to both clubs. The protesters want all Portland clubs to provide cultural sensitivity training for employees and offer more equitable scheduling for dancers of color.

“We are not asking dancers to stop working, we’re asking that the clubs sign on and that the rest of the community show their support for this,” Hollis said. “We’re not asking for a boycott, we’re asking you to ask your local businesses what their anti-discrimination policy is and what they’re doing to make things better.”


“We don’t want any work stoppages at clubs that are actively trying to improve themselves,” Hollis said. “Go out to clubs, throw some money on butts, especially Black butts. We’ve been systemically disenfranchised, and what we’re trying to do here is make sure people hear us this time.”

I’m not making any of this up.

And hey, did you know that in Oregon, they will stop referring to a football game between state rivals as a “civil war”? Because RACISM!

I mentioned Lincoln County at the top of this post. In other Lincoln news, woke student nitwits in Madison, Wisconsin, are demanding that the statue of Abraham Lincoln be torn down, because RACISM! I’m not kidding:

The statue has overlooked Bascom Hill for more than a hundred years and is a staple of graduate photos, but what he symbolizes for marginalized students isn’t land-grant universities or even emancipating slaves.

“He was also very publicly anti-Black,” said Nalah McWhorter, the president of the Wisconsin Black Student Union. “Just because he was anti-slavery doesn’t mean he was pro-Black. He said a lot in his presidential campaigns. His fourth presidential campaign speech, he said that he believes there should be an inferior and superior, and he believes white people should be the superior race.”

My valve just slammed shut for the night. I need a Dr. Nut.

UPDATE: Oh no, it just hit me: they’re going to cancel A Confederacy of Dunces, because CONFEDERACY!

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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