Trudy Rubin: Trump puts Americans last on July 4th
There is something especially grotesque about the timing of President Donald Trump’s pledge to veto a $740 billion defense bill if military bases named for Confederate military leaders are renamed.He made this pledge during the July 4th holiday week.This is a moment when Americans are roiling over issues of racial intolerance that date back to America’s founding, including whether and what historic statues deserve to be toppled because of racist taint, even if they represent some Founding Fathers.The president’s signature divisiveness comes at a moment when much of the country is also reeling ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
'A no-brainer:' Robert Lee IV says take down the statues of Robert E. Lee
Another Robert Lee says it’s time for Confederates to surrender to the Union again.The Rev. Robert E. Lee IV, the great-great-great grand-nephew of Civil War general Robert E. Lee, told ABC News that statues of rebel leader like his late uncle are worshiped like “idols of white supremacy and racism” and they need to go.“This is a no-brainer,” Lee said.The Methodist reverend admits that he grew up with a Confederate flag on his bedroom wall and celebrated his namesake’s place in history. Now, Lee says, the stars and bars that represent the Confederacy — which Mississippi’s governor committed to...
New York Daily News
At epicenter of Minneapolis riots, a reckoning is underway
MINNEAPOLIS — A liquor store was one of the first buildings touched by the rage of a crowd that had watched a white police officer press his knee into George Floyd’s neck until he died.Looters hit Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits twice the first night of protests as Steve Krause, the owner, watched by surveillance camera from his home across town.Two nights later the store burned down. Flames flung the red marquee onto a pile of mangled metal in what used to be the basement.Krause plans to rebuild what is now a third-generation business, but “there are bigger issues in society,” he said from the ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
COVID-19 has not surged in cities with big protests, but it has in states that reopened early. Here are possible reasons
The United States may be seeing the most compelling evidence yet that the best way to stop the coronavirus is also the most disruptive and difficult: Stay home and avoid other people.At first glance, the evidence seems conflicting.States in the South and West that reopened their economies early and with few precautions are now grappling with huge surges in daily case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths.Yet Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities across the country have not seen the sharp, sustained spikes that were expected after hundreds of thousands of people gathered for protests against po...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
US House passes bill to establish Orlando's Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial
ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. House unanimously passed a resolution Friday that would establish the Pulse nightclub in Orlando as a national memorial site, four years after a mass shooting there killed 49 and wounded dozens more.“What Pulse is and what Pulse symbolizes is relevant to all Americans,” said co-sponsor of the bill, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, D-Orlando. “We honor not only the victims, but what they stood for, what they represent, and what our country could be and should be.”H.R. 3094 grants a federal designation honoring the 49 lives taken on June 12, 2016, as well as the survivors, first r...
California slow to adopt gun violence measure intended to prevent mass shootings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California passed a law in the aftermath of the 2014 Isla Vista mass shootings that allow judges to remove guns from the possession of people deemed at extreme risk of using them to harm themselves or others.Now, after examining the initial four years of state data on these extreme risk protection orders, researchers at the University of California, Davis Health reported that California has been slower to utilize the measures compared with other states that have similar laws.The UC Davis analysis offers a look at who’s using these violence prevention tools, who’s being ask...
The Sacramento Bee
New Florida law to teach, recognize 1920 Ocoee massacre that destroyed Black community
ORLANDO, Fla. — A new Florida law will bring more public awareness to the victims of the Ocoee massacre of 1920, when a white mob on Election Day lynched a Black man dedicated to expanding voting access, then burned the city’s Black community to the ground.“This recognition is a way that we start to talk about, not only the history of Ocoee, but the history of the state,” said state Sen. Randolph Bracy, D-Ocoee, who sponsored the legislation.He said in working on the bill, which Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law Tuesday, he learned of other lynchings and acts of racial violence carried out acr...
Trump vows crackdown on protesters, saying they're bound to go after statues of Jesus next
President Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to put a stop to the vandalism of monuments honoring the Confederacy and other racist structures, fretting that effigies of Jesus Christ will otherwise be next.The source for Trump’s invocation of Jesus was unclear, but it came as anti-racist protesters across the country are tearing down statues of controversial American figures such as President Andrew Jackson, who owned slaves and brutalized Native Americans.“I think many of the people that are knocking down the statues don’t even have any idea what the statute is, what it means, who it is when they kn...
New York Daily News
Fourth person dies after mass shooting at northwest Charlotte street party
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A fourth person has died at a local hospital as a result of the mass shooting that occurred at a multi-day block party on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte.Nearly 200 shots were fired into a crowd of more than 400 people early Monday, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.The latest victim was identified Wednesday morning as Dairyon Dejean, 31, who died of a gunshot wound, CMPD said.The other victims were identified as Kelly Miller, 29, Christopher Antonio Gleaton, 28, and Jamaa Keon Cassell, 39. One of the three died of injuries suffered from being hit by a car at the scen...
The Charlotte Observer
Editorial: Judge's tear gas ruling shows power of justice system to uphold essential American rights
U.S. District Judge Richard Jones acted wisely in barring Seattle Police from using tear gas and other forceful crowd-control measures against peaceful demonstrators. His eloquent ruling June 12 showed keen attention to the urgency of demands for racial justice and the constitutional rights to speak and assemble freely.The decision was a meaningful step toward de-escalating confrontations between protesters and police. Its consequences have reverberated powerfully. On June 15, after Jones blocked tear gas for two weeks, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a permanent ban on it and ot...
The Seattle Times