WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man wore a KKK hood as a makeshift face mask when he went to the supermarket.
- This happened after the county ordered people to wear face masks in public against COVID-19.
- The incident occurred in Santee, California, which was nicknamed “Klantee” because of its history of white supremacist activity.
The COVID-19 outbreak is dangerous, and one way to protect yourself is by wearing a face mask. However, a man in California decided to use a makeshift Ku Klux Klan hood as a face covering when he went to the supermarket. This incident occurred a day after San Diego issued a health order stating that from May 1 onward, people would be required to cover their faces in public.
The man wearing the white hood was spotted in a Vons store in Santee, San Diego. Photos of the man were posted on social media over the weekend.
Tammy Gillies, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego, tweeted her frustration about the occurrence.
“Don’t know which angers me more—the person wearing this or the fact that no one in management @Vons Santee did anything about it,” Gillies tweeted. “@ADL_SD would be happy to educate your team. San Diego is #NoPlaceForHate.”
Reports say the man was confronted by others at the store but refused to take off his hood until he reached the checkout.
Melissa Hill, a spokeswoman for the owner of the supermarket chain, Albertsons Companies, said, “At Vons, fostering an environment of courtesy, dignity, and respect is one of our highest priorities, and we work hard to hold everyone in our stores to these standards, including customers.”
Santee Mayor John Minto condemned the incident, saying in a statement that citizens of Santee would not tolerate that kind of hateful behavior and that the hooded man’s actions were “not representative of us as a people and a wonderful city.”
The city earned the nickname “Klantee” because of its history of racially motivated attacks and white supremacist activity.