Viral post online sparks Black Lives Matter mask debate

A viral post online is leading to a debate of whether  Black Lives Matter apparel should be allowed at work.

News 12 Staff

Jul 28, 2020, 7:03 PM

Updated 1,398 days ago

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A viral post online is leading to a debate of whether Black Lives Matter apparel should be allowed at work.
News 12 is told an issue arose when a customer and an employee at a New City Walgreens had a disagreement regarding the employee’s Black Lives Matter mask.
The customer then posted about it online, and that post went viral.
Patricia B. alleges the employee was “forcing his political beliefs down the customer’s throats. If it were a cashier wearing a MAGA hat, there would be protests and demands for his firing.”
However, Remy W. believes otherwise saying in part, “wearing the mask or slogan shouldn’t bother anyone who isn’t racist.”
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Earlier this month, News 12 spoke to a Pearl River ShopRite employee who said their right to free speech had been violated and that they felt discriminated against after being sent home for wearing the mask.
In return, the employee posed the question, “All it says is black lives matter. What’s so wrong with that?” 
ShopRite issued a response stating the employee's mask went against its store policy.
News 12 reached out to Walgreens for comment but has not yet received a response.


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