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Maddow: "I'm Going To Have To Rewire Myself" To Not See Someone Without A Mask As A Threat

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked viewers to be patient and compassionate as she rewires herself to stop seeing maskless people as selfish COVID deniers.

"Part of it is that I feel like I'm going to have to rewire myself so when I see somebody out in the world who doesn't have a mask I don't instantly think, you are a threat. Or you are selfish or you're a COVID denier and you definitely haven't been vaccinated," Maddow shared.

"That means as we change as a country we're going to look at each other differently and unwire our preconceptions about what a mask or lack of a mask means," Maddow added.


RACHEL MADDOW, MSNBC: All right. It is an amazing thing. I mean, I will just tell you at a personal level -- I'm sorry for speaking about that at such a personal level with Dr. Walensky. But when I was talking to people about this new guidance and what to ask her, everybody had such personal feelings about it and I realized I did too and all these questions.

Part of it is that I feel like I'm going to have to rewire myself so when I see somebody out in the world who doesn't have a mask I don't instantly think, you are a threat. Or you are selfish or you're a COVID denier and you definitely haven't been vaccinated. I mean, we're going to have to rewire how we think about each other, because the CDC's guidance, which she just told me, we are sure, is that if you're vaccinated you don't need to wear a mask except in specific circumstances. That means as we change as a country we're going to look at each other differently and unwire our preconceptions about what a mask or lack of a mask means.

President Biden spoke to that today asking for people to -- President Biden actually and Dr. Fauci both spoke to that, asking for people to essentially be patient, be compassionate, give people respect for whatever they decide on this front because with this changing guidance, we're going to have changing norms and we have to give each other space to have feelings as we go through what's going to be a big change that's going to create a lot of visceral -- a lot of visceral reaction in a lot of us just in our day-to- day lives. Just big day, big change.
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