Anti-racism news update


This 13 June 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

George Floyd: Pressure mounts to remove police from US schools

In the wake of nationwide protests in the US, many districts are under pressure to remove police from schools.

School boards in Minneapolis, Portland, Denver and Oakland are just a few that have decided to end or phase out their contracts with police departments.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds brings us this report.

USA: I’m a black rabbi. I’ve never been in a Jewish space where I wasn’t questioned.

A prayer for George Floyd: ‘We take this pledge’, by Rabbi Naomi Levy.

Translated from daily De Stem in the Netherlands today:

BREDA – An anti-racism manifestation took place on the Breda Chasséveld on Saturday afternoon. According to the organization, about 1,500 demonstrators were present. They showed they were determined. Several speakers made statements against unequal treatment and discrimination.

That happened in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement that takes place in many places around the world. Initially, about 500 people were expected, that number was amply exceeded. There were no problems, because everyone adhered to the anti-coronavirus rules. …

“Everyone has had enough”

Philip Oronsaye says, “I am flabbergasted with this turnout. I have been living in Breda for 30 years. Where have you been all this time? But I’m glad you’re here now. Everyone has had enough. Not only black people, also white people.”

Today, there was a demonstration in Den Bosch city with thousands of participants as well.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 12 June 2020:

Columbus statues removed as debate triggered over symbols of racism and oppression

STATUES of Christopher Columbus are being taken down in a number of US cities with one in Boston decapitated as protesters demand the removal of symbols of racism and oppression.

The city of Camden, close to Philadelphia, released a statement late on Thursday explaining that they had taken down the statue in Farnham Park calling it a “controversial symbol” that has “long pained residents of the community.”

It comes after similar statues have been pulled down or damaged in cities including Miami, Richmond and St Paul in Minnesota by protesters in the wake of the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

It has triggered global protests, with statues torn down in cities around the world, including King Leopold II in Belgium whom many historians hold responsible for the deaths of 10 million people at the hands of colonial authorities in the Belgian Congo.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Congress earlier this week to remove 11 statues from the US Capitol representing Confederate leaders and soldiers from the civil war.

“Their statues pay homage to hate, not heritage. They must be removed,” she said.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain, 12 June 2020:

UNITED STATES: Protesters have pulled down a century-old statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the former capital of the Confederacy, adding it to the list of Old South monuments removed or damaged in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

The bronze statue on Richmond’s Monument Avenue had been all-but marked for removal by city leaders in a matter of weeks, but demonstrators took matters into their own hands on Wednesday night, tying ropes around its legs and toppling it onto the pavement.

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