Racism and police brutality

This 21 June 2020 video says about itself:

Even during nationwide protest, Donald Trump is finding more ways to oppress minorities. John Iadarola and David Cay Johnston break it down on The Damage Report.

TRUMP RALLY CROWD UNDERWHELMS President Donald Trump addressed a mostly maskless and enthusiastic — though much smaller than expected — crowd of supporters at a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night as some protesters gathered outside to call for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. “You are warriors, thank you. We had some very bad people outside,” Trump told the crowd, referring to protesters as “thugs”, The Tulsa event was held against the advice of Trump’s own coronavirus task force, which had urged White House officials to nix the event amid fears it might spread coronavirus. The arena was about one-third full. [HuffPost]

If you still don’t get why COVID-19 hit Black people harder, read this.

12-year-old “This Is Us” star reveals the racism he’s already experienced.

NON-WHITE JAIL OFFICERS WEREN’T ALLOWED TO MONITOR EX-COP DEREK CHAUVIN Eight non-white corrections officers at a county jail that initially housed Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, say they were barred from guarding Chauvin because of their race, according to the Star Tribune. The corrections officers, all of whom work at Ramsey County Jail in St. Paul, have alleged that they were ordered to a separate floor while their white colleagues monitored Chauvin, because jail authorities considered them a “liability” around the former officer. [HuffPost]

WHAT MIGHT REFORMING POLICE UNIONS LOOK LIKE? The political power of police unions has helped them secure strong job protections ― too strong, reform proponents have said. Collective bargaining agreements for police often have provisions that erase disciplinary records after a certain period of time, grant police broad access to investigative files in misconduct cases and have an appeals process that can get officers rehired after unjustified shootings. Other unionized public sector employees often benefit from similar protections. But those workers typically don’t end up shooting and killing Black citizens in the course of their jobs. So what might reforming police unions look like? [HuffPost]

THE REAL LOOTERS OF THE BRONX Last week, a few dozen protesters gathered at a busy intersection near the northern tip of New York City for “A People’s Tour of the Real Looters of the Bronx.” Over a week earlier, the New York Post and other media outlets had painted a grim portrait of the borough. “Bronx streets turn chaotic as looters run wild,” screamed one Post headline. “Fires, mayhem in the Bronx,” said the Daily News. “Looters run wild in Bronx,” Fox News declared. But the dedicated activists at the June 12 demonstration were here to tell a much different story. The activists were here, they said, to defend their neighbors from racist narratives crafted by multimillion-dollar media companies. [HuffPost]

Dressing while Black: Self-censoring to pass in white spaces.

Most Black people think Britain is a racist place to live. Most white people don’t.


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