Did you see the video of the white man LOSING it on an elderly woman working at Costco because he was asked to wear a mask? That rage and that fragility were familiar. We've seen it all before. Today, let's talk about the true costs of white rage, white fragility, and toxic masculinity. It's deadly.
Masks have been deemed weak and optional by a frightening number of conservatives in America. They have made wearing a mask a left-wing belief. A safety precaution has been twisted into a dangerous political statement.
This level of naivety seems to go hand in hand with the white supremacy ideals that pervade this country. Not only are they both unfounded, but extremely dangerous ways of thinking.
In the latest example, Daniel Maples, a white man, can be seen in a video yelling and screaming at an elderly woman who works at Costco. Her offense was asking him to wear a mask while he shopped. He completely loses his temper and begins screaming at her. His words, tone and body language are violent. He is yelling in the face of this elderly woman, putting her at risk for contracting the coronavirus.
With cases spiking in more than half the states across the country, the dangers of contracting COVID-19 are higher than ever. Maples’s white privilege and entitlement not only put this woman, who was simply doing her job as an essential worker and trying to protect her life, at risk but could cost others their lives too.
The number of instances of white men and women calling the police on people of color for committing no crime or offense is exceptionally high, and is only now being flagged as dangerous.
Shaun breaks down this viral video and its dangerous implications in today’s episode of The Breakdown.