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Georgia’s mask feud exposes America’s fault lines

The data is consistent with his claim: the parts of the country where the coronavirus outbreaks are now the largest are metropolitan areas in the south and west of the country, areas with local democratic leaders, and large color communities in states that are primarily ruled by republicans. That heightened political tension between governors like Kemp, who plays for a state constituency, and Bottoms and other city leaders who fight to protect their local communities.

Kemp filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Lance Bottoms and Atlanta City Council, arguing that the city’s mask requirement violates the entire state executive order he signed on Wednesday that the local mask mandates expire.

The move, he said, “is on behalf of the Atlanta owners and their hardworking workers who are struggling to survive in these difficult times.” This is in line with the arguments of President Donald Trump and GOP co-governors who complained that the country’s response has been overreacting to its lockdowns and restrictions in its attempt to curb the virus, and that the economic and personal harm to lockdowns must be weighed heavier. The rhetoric plays well with the predominantly white political base of the Republicans, who was skeptical of public health advice, a White House mistrust.

On Tuesday, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading American infectious disease expert, points out in a USA Today opinion, in which he wrote that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ did everything wrong I contacted him. ‘

In a interview on the ‘Today Show’, Friday, Bottoms said she did not think it happened that Kemp’s lawsuit ‘came the day after Donald Trump visited Atlanta’, noting that the president was not wearing a mask at the airport. “This is the same governor who did not know until well into the pandemic that it could be spread by asymptomatic transmission. He did not go to Emory for guidance. He did not go to the CDC for guidance. ‘

Kemp and other Republican governors who most aggressively insisted on reopening communities and relaunching economic activity are now leading the sharp revival of coronavirus infections and fast-filling hospitals. And it is urban areas and places with large color communities, such as Atlanta, that are affected the most.

Ever since Kemp reopened Georgia companies in late April, daily cases have risen, with more than 3,000 people testing positive every day. Of the more than 3,100 total reported deaths in the state, nearly half are African American, despite the fact that 32 percent of the population exists.

And Atlanta and the suburbs are at the epicenter. Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, has reported 335 deaths, while the surrounding counties of Gwinnett, DeKalb and Cobb have reported a combined 642. The area is 51 percent black.

A center for disease control study published June 17 found that 79 percent of Covid-19 patients hospitalized in the Atlanta metro area in March and April 2020 were black.