This 8 June 2020 video says about itself:
Statues built after the American Civil War to honour leaders who fought to defend slavery have often been a flashpoint, as they are now in cities such as Richmond in the US state of Virginia.
Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy – the 11 pro-slavery southern states which lost their bid to break away when they were defeated in the US Civil War.
Protesters in Richmond last week set fire to the home of the “Daughters of the Confederacy”, who are dedicated to preserving Confederate monuments.
The statue of Confederate General William Wickham was pulled down on Saturday, something his own descendants had called for years ago.
And Virginia’s governor announced plans to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee.
Maurice Jackson, associate professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University, talks to Al Jazeera.
MINNEAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL: SCRAP THE POLICE DEPARTMENT Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council announced they will “begin the process of ending” the city’s police department following the death of George Floyd, which set off nationwide protests. “Decades of police reform efforts have proved that the Minneapolis Police Department cannot be reformed and will never be accountable for its action,” the city council said jointly at a rally. “We are here today to begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department and creating a new transformative model for cultivating safety in our city.” [HuffPost]
AMERICAN POLICE ARE AT WAR WITH DEMOCRACY ITSELF The protests that have swept U.S. cities began as a denouncement of police brutality. But what is happening in our streets has become a political power struggle over the legitimacy of democratic government itself. On one side are the police, asserting the right to ignore any command from democratically elected officials if they please. On the other side are the people, demanding democracy and respect. Police in city after city have made it very clear that they simply do not care if they are exposed as lawless brutes. [HuffPost]
How racist policing took over American cities, explained by a historian.
RUBBER BULLETS ARE STILL BULLETS Rubber bullets are formally known as “kinetic impact projectiles,” and are not always made of rubber. Some are wood, plastic or even have a metal core. Rubber bullets have been used for decades to subdue riots, and are now being aimed at protesters, journalists and bystanders as protests continue throughout the country over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other victims of police brutality. And while researchers have known for years that “less lethal” can still be deadly, police continue using them. [HuffPost]
I’m immunocompromised. Marching for George Floyd could kill me, but I’m doing it anyway.
Can you lose your job for participating in protests?
Teenage girls organize massive Black Lives Matter protest Nashville.
NYT OPINION CHIEF JAMES BENNET OUT New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet has resigned after the paper published a widely excoriated op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (Republican-Ark.) that advocated for military action against the anti-racism protests. Bennet’s resignation is effective immediately, a spokesperson for the Times announced Sunday. “Both of us concluded that James would not be able to lead the team through the next leg of change that is required,” the paper’s publisher, A.G. Sulzberger, said. Trump meanwhile has praised Tom Cotton for the “send in the troops” op-ed. [HuffPost]
BARR DEFENDS FORCE AGAINST D.C. PROTESTERS Attorney General William Barr defended the use of force against peaceful anti-racism protesters outside the White House last week, saying the demonstrators “were not peaceful” and that their dispersal was unrelated to the president’s photo-op at a nearby church. In a sit-down interview with CBS News, Barr accused protesters gathered around Lafayette Square on June 1 of throwing projectiles at officers and ignoring three warnings to vacate the area before physical force was used on them. Protesters and journalists covering them said the crowd was largely peaceful. [HuffPost]
BEN CARSON ECHOES TRUMP’S IGNORANT RESPONSE TO KNEELING PROTESTERS Ben Carson, Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development, suggested that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence should thank the military. Carson’s comments appear to miss the point of the protests and support his boss’ disdain for them at a time when kneeling ― a symbolic act of protest pioneered by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, teammate Eric Reid and former Green Beret Nate Boyer ― is becoming more widely accepted. [HuffPost]
Justice Smith comes out as queer, urges protests to include Black queer and Black trans lives.
K-Pop group donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter.