How the media has covered the BLM protests versus any other public activity is quite a study in contrasts.
While they have by and large not chastised any protesters for marching in huge groups, some without masks, they have said that cause is so important that it trumps the concerns.
By contrast the lockdown, other constitutional rights, your jobs and feeding your families were not important, deemed essential or something the state was going to ‘allow’ you to do.
Here’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo demonstrating that very dynamic.
I share the outrage of the injustice and I stand with the protesters.
It’s not just George Floyd. There are 50 or more cases just like it.
It is rooted in hundreds of years of racism and injustice.
Let’s use this energy constructively and demand real, positive change.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 1, 2020
There are justified peaceful protests across the state tonight.
But there are also people criminally exploiting this pain and this moment.
We will not tolerate it.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 2, 2020
He didn’t do anything to stop rioters and looters.
But now here he is on Saturday, threatening people for congregating on the street on Friday in NYC, in the Village, mostly without masks in video from the East Village Grieve blog.
Don't make me come down there… https://t.co/OeVGMW7LEO
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 13, 2020
Notice the boarded up establishments on the street, likely from the rioting and looting.
Is Cuomo joking or literally threatening citizens for walking public streets? https://t.co/CloPXTFDCe
— Emily Miller (@emilymiller) June 13, 2020
What are you going to do, throw them in nursing homes?
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 13, 2020
Funny… I don't remember you being such a tough guy to all the rioters and looters
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) June 13, 2020
So I’m confused and maybe someone can help me with this?
Here’s Cuomo himself yesterday, as Janice Dean points out.
Don’t see any masks here. This was yesterday. 😐 pic.twitter.com/qi0EAyaKB4
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) June 13, 2020
So perhaps he’d like to explain why the hipsters congregating is wrong but here he is not wearing a mask and for sure not in keeping with social distancing guidelines?
But remember, wear a mask.