Covıd-19, Michigan, Michigan State University, Coronavirus, Race, Experiments

Covıd-19, Michigan

Photo of booth giving free masks for 'minorities only' at Michigan college sparks outrage

Photo of booth giving free masks for 'minorities only' at Michigan college sparks outrage

10/28/2021 3:25:00 AM

Photo of booth giving free masks for 'minorities only' at Michigan college sparks outrage

The student said on Twitter the sign was part of an experiment conducted for a class to explore how COVID-19 has impacted different communities.

The student has said onTwitterthat the experiment was intended as a form of media activism and that"the reactions are the point of the project."I went on to explain how this is literally how the real world works. The point of this experiment was to get the negative reaction out of my white counterparts and the positive reaction from minorities. Mission accomplished for sure. (Pt. 5)

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— M. ❤️ (@ImMeAnna)"The point of this experiment was to get the negative reaction out of my white counterparts and the positive reaction from minorities. Mission accomplished for sure," they wrote.The experiment was advertised as taking place Tuesday afternoon on campus. The student

shared a photoof a sign posted at the front of a table, which read,"Free masks and gloves for MINORITIES ONLY!! $10 PER ITEM for White People!!""I have a very obnoxious project so what I'm about to tweet is strictly for the project as a form of documentation. It is FAKE!! Please don't report it because it is a form of tactical media," they tweeted before the experiment began, adding,"and I also don't want to get expelled for discrimination."

The goal of the experiment was"to demonstrate how minorities and disabled persons have been negatively impacted by the pandemic versus other groups," the student said."I wanted to reverse the privilege and show how it feels to be discriminated against based off skin or disability."

A student at Michigan State University received criticism for conducting an experiment on campus that was reportedly aimed at highlighting health disparities amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Above, 3M brand N95 particulate respirators are displayed on a table on July 28, 2020, in San Anselmo, California.

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesThey mentioned the higher rates of COVID-19 deaths among minority communities compared with virus death rates of white people. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), several studies have shown minority groups are at greater risk of severe COVID-19 infection than white individuals.

A presentation of CDC data from Emory University broke down the disparities between virus-related deaths across different communities, with Black individuals, Native Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders having higher COVID-19 death rates per 100,000 people than white Americans.

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The student's Twitter thread said these health disparities are"partially due to lack of access to basic necessities." Read more: Newsweek »

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