The Past 24 Hours or So – Protests/Race Relations and Trump Administration News

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Protests/Race Relations

  • Lafayette County (Mississippi)  Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to keep its monument to Confederate soldiers.
  • “Enough is enough” was the headline in all capital letters across the front page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday, repeating the frustrated words of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at a news conference on Sunday and echoing a sentiment shared in other parts of the country as a number of children have died in recent days in a surge of gun violence.

“The reality is this: These aren’t police officers shooting people on the streets of Atlanta, these are members of the community shooting each other,” Ms. Bottoms said in her news conference.

  • Work crews in Richmond, Virginia took down a monument to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the third major statue to be removed  in the former Confederate capitol in less than a week. Richmond is rushing to remove symbols of oppression after protests.
  • The city council in a Mississippi city named after Andrew Jackson votes to move a statue of the former U.S. president from the city’s downtown to a less prominent place. Jackson owned enslaved people and oversaw the forced migration of Native Americans.
  • On Monday, Tucker Carlson criticized Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for suggesting during a recent CNN interview that the US should consider arguments for removing monuments of George Washington. Carlson said,  “Most people just ignore her. But when Duckworth does speak in public, you’re reminded what a deeply silly and unimpressive person she is… These people actually hate America.”  

Duckworth, who lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by Iraqi insurgents., replied by challenging Carlson to “walk a mile” in her legs. 

  • A car in Bloomington, Indiana on Tuesday struck demonstrators protesting an alleged attempted lynching captured on video earlier in the week, and the driver has yet to be identified.

Witnesses told NBC affiliate WTHR a passenger in the car had stepped out and thrown a scooter that had been left in the road, prompting the woman to attempt to intervene by putting her hands on the hood of the car, at which point the car accelerated.

  • Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) is coming under criticism from the WNBA Players Association after writing a letter saying that the league should not go forward with a plan to put the names of Black victims of police violence on player jerseys.

“The truth is, we need less—not more politics in sports. In a time when polarizing politics is as divisive as ever, sports has the power to be a unifying antidote,” Loeffler wrote to WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “And now more than ever, we should be united in our goal to remove politics from sports.”

Loeffler has co-owned the Atlanta Dream, one of the WNBA’s franchises, since 2011.

  • The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office announced that Nichole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, both residents of Martinez, California, would be charged with three misdemeanor counts,  including a hate crime. The pair were caught on camera vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural on July 4. Anderson covered up a Black Lives Matter mural with black paint and Nelson directly aided in her alleged criminal conduct.
  • Surveillance video released Tuesday shows a Michigan teenager being forcefully restrained by at least seven staff members in a youth facility before his death days later. 

16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks was pushed and held down by staff members at the Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo after he threw a sandwich in the cafeteria. 

The teenager screamed “I can’t breathe” as he was being restrained for about eight minutes on April 29. Fredericks went into cardiac arrest when being detained and died on May 1.

  • The U.S. Park Police has said that its radio communications system did not record any transmissions when the agency and other law enforcement officers dispersed a crowd of protestors gathered around Lafayette Square on June 1 ahead of President Trump’s visit to a nearby church. The episode is now the subject of investigation from Congress and the Interior Department’s internal watchdog.

Administration News

  • Top White House aides are reportedly narrowing in on a list of fewer than 10 potential Trump administration officials who could have leaked information about Russian agents providing funds to Taliban-linked militants to target American troops in Afghanistan.
  • President Trump is scheduled to receive his first intelligence briefing this month on Tuesday. It is his first “daily” intelligence briefing since June 30.
  • Some White House officials are privately expressing frustration over President Trump’s recent embrace of a message stoking racial and cultural divisions.

But Trump is “going with his gut” and “relying on instinct,” the two officials said. Instead of touting wins, Trump has opted to zero in on the national debate about race and side with supporters who view themselves as victims unfairly cast as racists in the renewed national discussion about discrimination targeting minorities.

  • The United States will leave the World Health Organization on July 6, 2021, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after receiving notification of the decision by President Donald Trump, who has accused the agency of becoming a puppet for China during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Payday lenders won’t have to check whether borrowers can afford to repay their high-interest loans under a new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Its director, Kathleen L. Kraninger, said the new provision will provide “access to credit from a competitive marketplace.”

The rule rolls back a 2017 provision by the Obama administration to protect consumers from taking out expensive payday loans, which can carry interest rates as high as 400%.  With the new rule, lenders will no longer be required to “reasonably” determine whether a consumer can repay the loan in a timely manner.

  • U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul on Wednesday for wide-ranging talks, overshadowed by Pyongyang’s insistence that it has no intention of returning to denuclearisation negotiations any time soon.

Sources:  ABC News, The Atlantic, Axios, Bloomberg, CBS News, CNN, Financial Times, Fox News,The Hill, NBC News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, NJ.com, NPR, NY Times, Politico, Reuters, Salon, Slate, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post

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