Ohio Public Health Officials Apologized After Releasing Mask Guidance for African Americans to Avoid Wearing Face Coverings With ‘Gang Symbolism’

Public health officials in Franklin County, Ohio apologized last week after they released guidance on wearing face masks that targeted the African American community and urged it against wearing facial coverings that elicited “gang symbolism.”

“Franklin County Public Health apologizes for a recent guidance document focused on mask coverings for African Americans,” the agency said in a statement posted Wednesday to Twitter said. “Some of the language used came across as offensive and blaming the victims.”

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