A group of Black Lives Matter-styled activists in Washington State are now saying that bicycle helmet laws are racist.
That’s right, folks, helmets are racist because white people wear them.
According to Michelle Baruchman the “Traffic Lab engagement editor” for the Seattle Times, a group of black and Hispanic agitators are demanding that King County dump its bicycle safety law requiring people to wear helmets while riding bikes.
Why? Because they say minorities and homeless people can’t afford helmets, and they should not be barred from riding their bikes just because the government has decreed that you can’t ride without one.
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Baruchman notes that several activists have, “joined a chorus of individuals and organizations calling for the repeal of the King County law that requires bicyclists to wear helmets because of disproportionate enforcement, especially among Black, Native and homeless riders.”
The columnist continued:
“Folks aren’t riding around without helmets because it’s fun. They’re doing it because helmets aren’t cheap,” said [Edwin] Lindo , who wears a helmet when he rides and started the biking group NorthStar Cycling Club to support riders who are Black, Indigenous and people of color. “Buy them a helmet and you won’t have to penalize them.”
Baruchman added that an analysis of arrests and citations given to helmet scofflaws shows that 40 percent have gone to minorities and homeless people.
Still, why is it the government’s place to tell Americans how they must ride their bikes? The law should be opposed because it is authoritarian as opposed to because it is “racist.” Because it is a violation of your freedom to ride without a helmet if you want to.
Regardless, just chalk this up to yet another example of how everything is raaaacist.
(Note: This article originally said the activists were working in California. The story is from Washington State. We regret the error.)
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