Masks and other cloth face coverings have been recommended in federal, state and local governments. But Black men in Detroit say they fear wearing them.
Black Michiganders are already subject to racial profiling and don’t want to risk appearing even more “frightening” to fellow Michiganders.
Since Black residents make up nearly half of coronavirus deaths (while they are only 14% of the entire population), face coverings are recommendations they can’t ignore. Instead, they choose between protecting their loved ones from the virus or themselves from those who may fear them. Here are some of their stories.