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
Editorial: By not disclosing COVID-19 diagnosis, Pennsylvania Republicans betrayed our trust and risked lives
Most 10-year-old children understand the dangers of the coronavirus and the importance of exercising safe behavior. Walmart and Acme shoppers understand why they have to stand in line to get into the stores — and wear masks while they shop. For all the things we still don’t know about COVID-19, including how to stop it, most of us now know the basic steps we should take not to put others in danger — and most of us do them.Those who don’t include gun-toting protestors who claim the wearing of masks undermine their liberty, and the crazy people who deliberately cough or spit on people to terrori...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: California's rush to reopen is a dangerous experiment. Don't be a COVID-19 guinea pig
Please don’t be fooled by the sudden wave of reopening restaurants, stores and salons around California. COVID-19 still stalks the state. It will infect and kill many more people before this pandemic ends.California Gov. Gavin Newsom is now allowing haircuts, church attendance and dine-in eating in many places. But this does not mean such activities are safe. The governor has repeatedly warned that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over — while simultaneously relaxing statewide public health orders.The mixed message may be confusing some people. Last week, as the American death toll crept p...
The Sacramento Bee
Cynthia M. Allen: A post-coronavirus baby boom seems unlikely. Here's why that's a problem
When the coronavirus reached the U.S. and the cascade of lockdown and shelter-in-place orders began, the joke on social media was that America was going to have a COVID-19 baby boom around Christmas.The intimacy (and corresponding opportunity) afforded by a forced quarantine, combined with the existential fear caused by the virus, could result in only one thing.Others warned that deferring nonessential medical visits which has made certain kinds of contraception (including abortion procedures in states such as Texas) harder to come by, would almost certainly result in a glut of babies in the n...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Marcos Breton: We can clean up protesters' graffiti. Can we clean up the injustices that spawned it?
Young people Saturday tried to walk onto Interstate 80 in West Sacramento and shut the highway down. The gravity of their cause became real and menacing in the form of California Highway Patrol officers dressed in full riot gear.The CHP was not going to let the kids shut down I-80 and blocked their path with clubs and brute force. The kids were there to protest the killing of George Floyd, the African American man from Minneapolis who was choked to death by a Minnesota cop. Cell phone cameras recorded his indifference earlier this week for us all to see in distant outrage.At one point, a skirm...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Stop it: Spreading destruction and chaos in our cities undermine legitimate voices of social reform
Stop the street madness, New York and other cities. Stop it right now. You are turning people against you, risking a resurgence of coronavirus, and empowering a president who couldn’t have dreamed up a better scenario to activate his base.In Minneapolis, George Floyd’s killer is under arrest. He and the three other cops who stood by while he put his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight interminable minutes are gone from the force. They cannot be fired again; charges likely await the other three.Here in New York, the state passed historic criminal justice reforms last year. Complaints about biased so...
New York Daily News