Magazine June 22, 2020, Issue

What the Masks Mean

(Roman Genn)
On seeing face to face

The scene was a socially distanced checkout line at my local grocery store in March.

“This man should be removed from the store. He’s not wearing a mask,” one woman said to whoever would listen, pointing behind her.

“Mind your own business,” he replied.

“It is my business,” she shouted back at him, and then, to the whole store: “This a**h***, like the one in the White House, is not following the rules and regulations.”

I wondered what rules she thought Trump was not following. But the maskless man had the final word, and it was chilling.

“Lady, if you don’t shut up, you’re gonna

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