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The RBG Memorial Masks Are Here

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Hundreds of mourners—both prominent politicians and everyday fans—gathered outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose death unfortunately has massive implications beyond the loss of an icon.

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Ginsburg enjoyed the sort of lionization few are granted in life, with as much merchandise bearing her image as any pop culture figure in history. Attendees wasted no time creating customized masks, some featuring the late justice’s face; others, the lace collar for which she was known.

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Many of those who showed up traveled a long way to pay their respects, and each had their own reasons for making the trip.

“We’re here for the history we wanted to witness,” Curry Tallman, a compliance officer at an investment bank, told the New York Times. “I’ve had an almost 30-year career in Wall Street, and I don’t think I would have had six months without her; I would never have gotten my foot in the door.”

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Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court for two days before she lies in state, becoming the first woman to be granted that honor. Donald Trump is expected to visit on Thursday, though of course the best way for him to “pay his respects” would be to grant her literal dying wish to wait until after the election to replace her.

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Republican Senator Susan Collins, one of only two members of her party to say she would not support installing a new justice before November, was among those at the courthouse on Wednesday.

“Although I obviously didn’t agree with all of her decisions, I admired her principled approach to every issue,” she said.This loss is personal as well as professional.”

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Personally, I am crushed that Ginsburg is gone. But I’m also a little envious that she doesn’t have to witness what comes next.

Night blogger at Jezebel

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I have more than enough masks, probably more than is really necessary given that I work have to go into my workplace 2 days a week, but the second one with the Warhol inspired screen print portraits was my favorite. There were a couple I found on Etsy with that or a similar pattern. I also found some Barbara Kruger inspired ones with her portrait and the phrase I dissent. I didn’t buy either, because I have enough and I’m not sure how well wearing one that is political in tone would go over in my public sector workplace.

I’m glad I stocked up on colorful cloth ones with at least 3 layers, because I have a feeling that wearing masks will become the new norm even after a vaccine is widely available.  If wearing masks this fall and winter helps reduce the severity of flu season, then that’s an additional benefit.