Over the weekend the Health Director of New Orleans decided to lecture people in Baton Rouge on the importance of social distancing and for some reason she made it into a race issue.
Meet Jennifer Avegno. We'll just call her Dr Jen.
Last weekend Dr Jen decided she needed to publicly shame people who had LSU graduation parties around the Tigerland area of Baton Rouge.
But it wasn't enough for her to steal the fun from young people trying to celebrate a memorable moment in their lives. Dr Jen decided she needed to do some race-baitin'.
Avegno also said that the disease's disproportionate effect on communities of color should not be misunderstood as a reason to disregard social-distancing protocols.
"If you are white and privileged, COVID is still coming for you, and to act irresponsibly because you think that you might be safe is unconscionable during a pandemic," she said.
Avegno also confirmed that the Tigerland bars in Baton Rouge are the source of the cluster that the city identified Friday as being from a bar outside Orleans Parish. State health officials did not identify those bars when they first announced that cluster on Thursday, JL's Place, Reggie's, Fred's and The Chimes have all temporarily closed after their employees tested positive for the virus.
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 04: New Orleans Health Director Dr. Jennifer Avegno wears her face mask with the New Orleans Saints NFL team logo as the media tours the field hospital setup for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on April 04, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The convention center will start taking patients tomorrow with room for 1,000 COVID-19 positive patients to alleviate stress on local hospitals. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)