Man strips down to his underwear at heated school board meeting to make point on mask-wearing

A pro-mask, Austin, Texas-area man engaged in some show-and-tell at a school board meeting that many of those in attendance perhaps considered an inappropriate fashion statement, if not an attempt at creating a false equivalency.

The parent and apparently a would-be rules-of-the-road scofflaw, who was identified by multiple media accounts as James Akers, insinuated as he stripped down to his underwear that a mask requirement is no different from other inconvenient safety-related social norms, whether people like them or not, that involve a shared or collective responsibility.

I do not like the government or any other entity, just ask my wife, telling me what to do. At work, they make me wear this jacket. I hate it. They make me wear this shirt and tie. I hate it,” he told the Dripping Springs school board as he began removing articles of his clothing.

On the way over here, I ran three stop signs and four red lights. I almost killed somebody out there, but by God, they’re my roads too. So I have every right to drive as fast as I want to, make the turns that I want to. I got over here to the school today, and the parking lot was full, and I decided I was going to park wherever the hell I wanted to — which, in this case, happened to be a handicap [spot].” 

It’s simple protocol, people. We follow certain rules for a very good reason,”  he concluded his performance art as cops moved toward him, according to the Dripping Springs Century News.

At this point, the school board president interjected that “Mr. Akers, I understand — I believe you’re a swimmer — but if you would mind putting your pants back on for a comment, that would be appreciated.” He complied.

Watch a report from NBC affiliate KXAN Austin embedded below:

In a follow-up interview with  KXAN, Akers claimed that “There are too many voices out there that I think are digging in for political reasons, and absolutely just not thinking about the common-sense decisions we make every day to comply with everything from driving down the road and being safe and courteous to other drivers to not parking in handicapped spots.

“All these rules that we’re given every day that we follow because they make sense, and we know in ourselves that it makes sense for the community.”

Many would agree with him that politics is playing a huge role in mandates. It’s typically left-wing politicians who reject common sense, however, at least as pro-freedom people see it, and attempt to impose requirements like student mask mandates rather than let parents, for example, make family decisions about health-related practices.

A byproduct amidst all this controversy is that more and more parents are taking an active role in their kids’ education by showing up at school board meetings to forcefully express their thoughts either way on board policies that also include curriculum issues.

Under current policy, masks are optional in the school district, although officials recommended facial coverings for staff and students.

Citing a CDC study, even the progressive New York magazine seems to have conceded that student masking provides no statistically significant benefit in terms of preventing the spread of COVID-19.


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