Today's award for "Asshole in a Time of Crisis" goes to the man who was recently spotted wearing a Ku Klux Klan Hood to a grocery store in Santee, California. According to the man, it was meant as a mask to protect him from the coronavirus (or the KKKoronaviruSS as he would probably spell it) and was not to be taken as a racial statement.
This makes sense as wearing a KKK outfit only carries hateful, racist connotations when you are actively trying to be racist and hateful. Otherwise, it serves to be an effective mask, as this man would surely point out, or as an emergency tablecloth, or a spooky ghost costume for Halloween. Don't ask him why he had access to a Klan hood in the first place. That's not important. What's important is that the crossed-shaped pattern burned into your lawn wasn't meant to be taken as a racial statement. This guy was just trying to help you exterminate a cross-shaped pattern of ants.
The man in the hood was asked many times by Vons' staff to remove his "mask," though he refused, most likely confused by why so many people would want him to feel unsafe and certainly unaware of the concept of irony. He was never identified nor charged with a crime, but later did admit that "It was a mask and it was stupid." Stupid? Stupid is responding with "you too" when someone says "happy birthday." The word you were looking for was "racist" or perhaps "dangerous" or even "a wake-up call that I need to change my life to the point where I don't have so many KKK hoods lying around that I grab one in lieu of a mask."
It's a sobering thought to think that a guy would so brazenly wear a Ku Klux Klan hood out in public, let alone in the Fortress of Liberalism that is Southern California. But then you learn that Santee has a long history of racially motivated violence, and you remember the even more sobering reality that people are racist and hateful everywhere, no matter how many vegan options you pass by in the checkout aisle.
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