Washington Post sports columnist Sally Jenkins weighed in on the mask debate by criticizing three-time Olympic gold medal winner Kerry Walsh Jennings for choosing not to wear a mask in public and thereby “mixing up personal liberty and anarchy.”
Walsh Jennings posted on her Instagram page that she decided to try an experiment and go shopping without a mask after reading a quote that shook her and woke her up to how our freedoms have been restricted by state and local governments during the pandemic.
This is what she posted that offended Jenkins:
Here we go ….
I had a little exercise in being brave yesterday & I’m still a bit edgy about it.I went shopping without a mask on ??? & this is why … I read a quote the other day that shook me – -THIS HAS NOT BEEN ENFORCED, IT’S BEEN CONSENTED TO.
This statement woke me up & the truth of it has had me obsessing on the matter of how I can mindfully & compassionately stand up for my rights & for the freedoms our constitution has granted us all WITHOUT being reckless or putting anyone else in danger.
We are all endlessly complaining about the restrictive & arbitrarily selective rules that we are being strongly “suggested” to follow & yet we are all consenting; Not much of a fight, just a lot of complaining & strongly disagreeing with this manipulation, but we keep consenting. It’s maddening. It has crushed our society, people’s livelihoods, our children’s spirits, & the fabric of our world. We have become a country & a world estranged from each other & it is more deeply unhealthy than any virus could ever be.
I know people are getting sick & many have gone to Heaven. I have lived through a lot of loss in my family, in my life. I cherish life. I would never downplay the impact of a single loss of life. That is it’s own conversation & my heart goes out to all those suffering poor health, the loss of a loved one and the fear that the reaction to & media coverage of COVID-19 has created in your days.