Editorial: George Floyd case forces needed US reflection on racism
As a nation, we must wake up to, speak out against and stop the racism that black Americans experience and fear every day.We must acknowledge that more than six decades after the birth of the civil rights movement, we remain a grossly unequal society in which people of color — especially black men — face disparate treatment because of the pigment of their skin.Disparate treatment most disturbingly from people in power: From the Minneapolis police officer who held his knee on George Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes as he stopped breathing; the Georgia officials who ignored the fatal shootin...
The Mercury News
Commentary: What the George Floyd unrest and COVID-19 are revealing
George Floyd died after a police officer pressed his knee on his neck until he stopped breathing, and riots have now erupted in cities across our nation. We can blame those police officers who participated in Floyd’s murder, and we can blame those looters who have moved well beyond peaceful demonstrations. But real solutions to these problems require that we probe deeper as we try to understand why our fragile sense of community has been shattered.We are hearing a cry for help due to widespread economic and racial inequalities. The riots and disproportionate COVID-19 suffering and death to Afr...
42% of Floridians say coronavirus makes them less likely to evacuate for major hurricane
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — As forecast models predict an above-average hurricane season, the coronavirus pandemic has made four in 10 Floridians less likely to evacuate for a major storm this year.Concern over catching the virus is the reason, according to a survey released Monday by AAA — The Auto Club Group.The survey found 42% of Floridians said they were “less likely to evacuate your home in the event of a major hurricane.” The majority, 58%, said they wouldn’t be less likely to evacuate because of social distancing rules and concern over contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the corona...
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McConnell says Senate to take up House’s PPP flexibility billWASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his chamber would “soon” vote on a House bill passed last week that would add flexibility to a loan program helping small businesses survive the economic crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.“I hope and anticipate the Senate will soon take up and pass legislation that just passed the House by an overwhelming vote of 417-1 to further strengthen the Paycheck Protection Program so it continues working for small businesses that need our help,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday.The Ho...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Zero tolerance for rioting in the fight for police reform
The outrage over George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis under the knee of a white police officer is justified. Nationwide demands to end police abuse are legitimate. The fury of black Americans who are tired of generations of injustice is real.But the rioting and vandalism that overshadowed peaceful protests the past several days represent something vile and shameful. They are counterproductive, criminal actions that cause more grief and setbacks.Did Chicago look more committed to equality and justice on Sunday morning with broken glass in the streets and pointless graffiti scrawled across doze...
Will Bunch: From Minneapolis to broken streets of Philly, the 'human capital stock' has finally had enough
America’s biggest week of rebellion and social unrest may have been sparked by the agonizing to watch police-custody killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but if you’re one of the many folks looking to understand why so many corners of our nation are covered with charred ashes and broken glass, it also helps to roll the tape back about 12 hours.It was the morning of Memorial Day — as the United States was struggling to honor the humanity of its war dead amid the numbness of 100,000 more dead from the coronavirus — when Team Trump sent the president’s top economic adviser, Kevin Hassett, onto...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dahleen Glanton: White America, if you want to know who's responsible for racism, look in the mirror
White people don’t like watching hardcore racism. Even some law-and-order conservatives are uncomfortable seeing a white cop hold his knee on a black man’s neck and squeeze the life out of him.But somehow, white people always find a way to get over it. You post your angst on social media to show which side you’re on. And while the stories make their way through the news cycle, you and your friends lament how awful racism is.Then before you know it, your drive-by rage is over.You conclude that the terrible incident doesn’t affect you directly. So you drift back into oblivion, convinced there’s ...
Commentary: Police need real reform, a fresh start
Over the weekend, what began as a peaceful protest in Madison, Wis., where I served as chief of police for more than 20 years, erupted in violence. A police vehicle was torched, more than 70 businesses were damaged and in some cases looted, and police deployed tear gas and pepper spray.Similar unrest has occurred in dozens of cities across the country as citizens have come together to protest the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis.For me, it felt like being thrown back to an older time.I was a police officer in Minneapolis on the night of April 4, 1968, after Dr. Martin ...
Tribune News Service
Are Facebook fights over COVID worth unfriending your family? Survey says … yes
Everyone has one, that family member who posts on social media a little too frequently about the latest multilevel marketing company selling energy drinks or skincare and won’t listen to reason when people tell them it’s a pyramid scheme.Eventually they get put on probation or in Facebook jail, notifications from their page muted for the foreseeable future and forgotten about until the next family get-together at Thanksgiving or Easter.That is, until the coronavirus hit.Family feuds on Facebook aren’t just pushing people to put their relatives on probation anymore — they’re actually unfriendin...
The Charlotte Observer
'There's no handbook for this': Tuesday's election in Missouri to test voter safety in pandemic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The day before he buried his wife, Orville Amos limped into the Kansas City Election Board’s office to vote absentee.For 25 years, the 75-year-old Navy veteran was first in line at his precinct’s polling place to cast his ballot in person. That would earn him a sticker he could show off in the election authority offices, where his wife had worked for 23 years.The excitement Amos once felt about voting is gone now, eclipsed by grief over the death of his wife from lung cancer on March 25. And fear of the novel coronavirus.“You know we are in that age group where we are the ta...
The Kansas City Star