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Wednesday on the NewsHour, two Justice Department attorneys tell a congressional committee that some of the agency’s investigations are politically motivated. Plus: President Trump’s controversial plan to move U.S. troops to Poland, meatpacking amid the pandemic, Sen. James Lankford on police reform, professional baseball’s return, summer reading for young adults and remembering Les Crystal. Support your local PBS station here: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS News Wrap: Federal appeals court orders Flynn case dismissed… Is Barr politicizing justice? 2 DOJ lawyers say yes… With Polish president, Trump reiterates plan to move troops… Coronavirus means meatpacking workers fear for their lives… Lankford says Democrats putting politics over police reform… Are professional sports ready to resume play in a pandemic?… Summer reading lists for young people at a time of crisis… Les Crystal’s NewsHour legacy, as a great boss and a friend… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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Tuesday on the NewsHour, top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci tells Congress he is “quite concerned” about the continuing spread of COVID-19. Plus: An emergency medicine doctor on the pandemic in Houston, President Trump visits Arizona, reexamining Confederate landmarks, coronavirus and renewed violence in Yemen and U.S. schools scramble to improve distance learning for the fall. Support your local PBS station here: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Fauci urges more virus testing to counter surge in cases… Why this Texas ER doctor is begging residents to stay home… News Wrap: Historic church holds funeral for Rayshard Brooks… Trump’s Phoenix rally attracts thousands in virus hot spot… What the future could hold for symbols of the American past… Monuments, statues and a national reckoning on race… War-ravaged Yemen facing deadly new threat in COVID-19… Distance learning highlights disparities in income, access… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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The New York Times    The Morning      June 24, 2020

By David Leonhardt

Good morning. Biden leads Trump by 14 points in The Times’s first poll. Many of last night’s primaries remain too close to call. And Fauci says the next two weeks will be crucial to fighting the coronavirus.

Why the virus is winning

Nick Oxford for The New York Times

We know how to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

I know it doesn’t always seem that way. And, yes, there is still a great deal we don’t know about the virus. But there is also a consistent set of lessons, from around the world, about how to reduce the number of new cases sharply.You should wear a mask if you’re going to spend time near anybody who is not part of your household. You should minimize your time in indoor spaces with multiple people. You should move as many activities as possible outdoors. You should wash your hands frequently. And you should stay home, away from even your own family members, if you feel sick.
Government officials, for their part, can slow the virus’s spread by encouraging all of these steps, as well as by organizing widespread testing and competent tracing of people who are likely to have the virus.
The past six months have repeatedly shown the value of these steps. Countries and regions that have taken them have either avoided outbreaks or beaten them back. Look at South Korea and Vietnam. Or many places that were hardest hit in the pandemic’s early waves: China, the New York metro area and much of Western Europe. Or New England and the upper Midwest.
Over the last few weeks, however, the virus has begun spreading across the southern and western U.S., as well as in some other countries. And there’s no real mystery about why. Many people have stopped following public-health guidance. They have gathered in restaurants, bars, churches, gyms and workplaces (sometimes because their employers pressured them to do so).

Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, told Congress yesterday: “The next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surges that we are seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and other states.” If the surges aren’t reversed, they will create a much larger pool of people who have the virus and can then spread it to others.

Whether the U.S. succeeds during this next stage is not a matter of epidemiology or lab science. It’s a matter of political will. It does not even require severe new lockdowns in most places.

As my colleague Apoorva Mandavilli, a science reporter, says: “There are ways to be responsible and socialize, but people don’t seem to be able to draw the line between what’s OK and what is not. For too many people, it seems to be binary — they are either on lockdown or taking no precautions.”

1. Biden has a huge early lead
Joe Biden has a 14-point lead over President Trump, according to the first New York Times/Siena College poll of the general election. Biden leads by wide margins among younger and nonwhite voters — and he is running virtually even among voters over age 45 and white voters, two groups that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. Here are the age trends:

By The New York Times | Source: New York Times/Siena College poll
“What’s new,” Jonathan Martin, a Times political reporter, told me, “is Trump’s collapse with voters who Republicans have traditionally relied on, namely whites with college degrees. The president’s inability to project unifying leadership in response to three crises this spring — the pandemic, collapse of the economy and racial unrest — has sent his support tumbling.”

Recent polls by other organizations have found, on average, that Biden leads by 10 points. The best news for Trump: The election is still more than four months away.

2. Election results

The Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville’s only open polling station on Tuesday.Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press

Election Night is different during a pandemic. Many results remain unknown, because absentee ballots continue to arrive for days. With that caveat, here’s what we know about last night’s primaries:

  • Several progressive Democrats are doing well in House primaries in New York State. In the race I focused on yesterday, Jamaal Bowman holds a substantial lead over the incumbent, Eliot Engel. Mondaire Jones leads in a suburban district north of the city. Ritchie Torres — the first openly gay elected official in the Bronx and “a potential national star,” according to Dave Wasserman of The Cook Political Report — seems on pace to win. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez easily dispatched her more moderate opponents.
  • Two Republican House candidates opposed by President Trump — one in North Carolina, one in Kentucky — won their primaries. The North Carolina winner was Madison Cawthorn, a 24-year-old investor.
  • In Kentucky, Amy McGrath and Charles Booker are in a tight race to become the Democratic nominee who will face Mitch McConnell.
  • Here are the latest results.
3. Coronavirus upends a pillar of Islam

Saudi officials effectively canceled this year’s hajj, one day after restricting the journey to people already in the country. Because of the coronavirus, only about 1,000 people will be permitted to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, compared with the 2.5 million who did so last year. The announcement sent waves of sadness across the Muslim world.

In other virus developments:

The European Union is preparing to block Americans from visiting when borders reopen on July 1 because the U.S. has failed to control the virus.

The governor of Texas, who has resisted another lockdown, urged residents to stay home after the state posted a record number of new infections.

4. Where overhauls could change policing
The increased scrutiny on policing has uncovered a growing list of cases where procedural changes might have prevented problems.

A white police officer in New Jersey who was caught on video pepper-spraying a group of black youths had a long history of violence — and had worked in nine different police departments. How is that possible?

New Jersey has no central database tracking police abuse. The family of Eric Umansky, a ProPublica journalist, witnessed an unmarked N.Y.P.D. cruiser hit a black teenager in 2019. Umansky then spent months trying to figure out what happened, but repeatedly ran into rules that shield the police from accountability.

More recently, a Michigan man was arrested based on a match from a facial recognition algorithm that was flawed. Our colleague Kashmir Hill has a gripping story about the case.

Here’s what else is happening

Mourners gathered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Tuesday for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Activists, politicians and celebrities gathered in Atlanta yesterday for the funeral of Rayshard Brooks, who was fatally shot by the police.

Major League Baseball has set a plan for a 60-game season. “Think of it as forced competitive balance,” our columnist writes, “when even the worst teams can dream of getting hot for nine weeks and stealing a playoff berth.”

Top Justice Department officials intervened to seek a more lenient sentence for the Trump ally Roger Stone, a former federal prosecutor is expected to tell Congress today.

Lives Lived: Shirley Siegel was no stranger to discrimination. After graduating fourth in her class at Yale Law School in 1941, she was rejected by 40 male-dominated law firms. But she went on to become a top civil rights lawyer. She died at 101.

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For many people, it’s hard to know how seriously to take this year’s political polls, because in 2016 they showed Hillary Clinton as likely to beat Donald Trump. So we wanted to offer a quick look back: What did polls get wrong four years ago?

A short answer — as The Times’s Nate Cohn has written — is that many surveys of crucial Midwestern states in 2016 did not include enough voters without college degrees. These voters are less likely to respond to polls, and polling firms failed to make the needed statistical adjustments. Because most of these non-college voters backed Trump, the polls underestimated his support.

Notably, most national polls did weight their samples by education — and national polls were quite accurate. They showed Clinton winning the popular vote by a few percentage points, which she did.

Pollsters tried to solve this problem in the 2018 midterms (with only partial success), and they are trying to do so again this year. But it’s not easy to predict who will vote, which means that the polls may suffer from the same problem in 2020 — or from a different problem.

On the other hand, if one candidate is beating the other by more than 10 percentage points — Biden’s current lead over Trump — polling errors probably won’t be big enough to matter. For more: Nate offers more thoughts on 2016 and 2020 in a new article.

The Associated Press     AP MORNING WIRE

JUNE 24, 2020 View in Browser
Good morning. In today’s AP Morning Wire:

·         Dr. Fauci: Next few weeks critical to tamping down US virus spikes.·

Scarce medical oxygen around world leaves many gasping for life.·

Police officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s fatal shooting fired.

Trump-backed House candidates lose in Kentucky, North Carolina.


The Rundown

Dr. Fauci: Coming weeks critical to reduce US spikes; Scarce medical oxygen worldwide leaves many gasping for life


The U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert has said the next few weeks are critical to tamping down a disturbing coronavirus surge in America.


Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a plea for people to avoid crowds and wear masks, just hours before mask-shunning President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of his young supporters in one hot spot in Arizona, report Lauran Neergaard and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.

Despite controversy over Trump’s comments that testing is finding too many infections, Fauci told a congressional committee that testing hasn’t slowed — and the country will be doing even more.

Fighting for Breath: The pandemic is prompting soaring demand for oxygen. But in much of the world, medical oxygen is expensive and hard to get — a basic marker of inequality both between and within countries. It’s in short supply from Peru to Bangladesh.

Across Africa, only a handful of hospitals have direct oxygen hookups, as is standard across Europe and the United States. And most medical facilities lack even the most basic equipment needed to help patients breathe. Lori Hinnant, Carley Petesch and Boubacar Diallo have this exclusive report.

Global Latest: China appears to have tamed a new outbreak of the coronavirus in Beijing, once again demonstrating its ability to quickly mobilize vast resources by testing nearly 2.5 million people in 11 days. But elsewhere in the world, cases are surging.

·         India reported a record daily increase of nearly 16,000 new cases.

·         Mexico also set a record with more than 6,200 new cases.

·         South Africa has recorded its highest daily death toll of 111 people.

PHOTOS: Plastic keeps virus, not love and hugs away from Spanish nursing home: One facility for the elderly in Barcelona now allows family visits to resume through plastic screens. A deeply moving gallery of images by Emilio Morenatti.

White police officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s fatal shooting in Kentucky fired


Sober science weighs in on Trump’s virus take

The U.S. government’s top public health leaders on Tuesday shot down assertions by President Donald Trump that the coronavirus pandemic is under control and the U.S. is excelling in testing for the virus. 

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Powerful earthquake shakes southern Mexico, at least 5 dead
A magnitude 7.4 quake centered in southern Mexico has killed at least five people, swayed buildings in Mexico City and sent thousands fleeing into the streets. One person was killed and another injured in a building collapse in Huatulco. There were also deaths in Oaxaca. There were further reports of broken windows and collapsed walls.
Israeli annexation plan draws apartheid comparisons
For years, labeling Israel an apartheid state was used primarily by its strongest detractors to describe its rule over Palestinians who were denied basic rights in occupied areas. For the most part, Israel successfully pushed back. But as Israel moves closer to launching annexation — perhaps as soon as next month — as part of President Trump’s Mideast plan, the term is becoming part of Israel’s political conversation.
For openers: MLB tries again with short season, skewed rules
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Coronavirus Updates: E.U. may ban Americans when it reopens

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Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Important developments in the pandemic.
By Angela Fritz
with Avi Selk

The Post’s coronavirus coverage linked in this newsletter is free to access from this email. 

The latest

The European Union may ban Americans from traveling there when it reopens its bordersthe New York Times reported, as coronavirus cases surge in the United States. European countries are working to agree on two lists of acceptable travelers as they finalize plans to reopen on July 1, and the U.S. isn’t on the drafts, the Times reported. The number of daily new cases remains at a far higher level in the U.S. than in Europewhere stringent lockdowns have helped slow the spread and reactions to resurgent outbreaks are swift.

Four top U.S. health officials, including infectious disease expert Anthony S. Fauci, testified at a high-profile hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday, and all four told the committee they had never been instructed to slow down testing for the coronavirus, contradicting what President Trump said hours earlier. Fauci also told lawmakers he was “cautiously optimistic” that an effective vaccine will be available by the beginning of next year. Read more on the health experts’ testimony about vaccines, treatments, another wave and testing here. (At send time, the hearing is still going.)

As cases continue to spike across dozens of states, along with hospitalizations, the president’s continued claim that additional testing is to blame (it is not) is increasingly at odds with Republican allies in the hardest-hit states, where governors are beginning to change their tunes.

Income is a major predictor of coronavirus infections, a federal analysis found, along with race. The analysis supports the commonly understood pattern that the black community is harder hit by covid-19, but its findings on poverty add another layer of vulnerability. The infection rate among those with low incomes is “drastically higher” than everyone else in the analysis, said Seema Verma, administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Trump has told aides he supports another round of stimulus checks, saying that he believes it will help the economy and boost his reelection odds. But leading congressional Republicans and some senior White House officials remain skeptical of more payments. The differing opinions in conservative circles could make the next stimulus package, scheduled to be taken up in July, difficult to pass.

Many of us are aching to go on vacation, but still concerned about the health risks. “Contactless” travel is a buzzy term right now among those itching for a trip, but is it even possible? By The Way reporter Natalie B. Compton planned and executed a “contactless” adventure to find out. You can read about how her trip turned out here. (And there’s more advice on driving vs. flying this summer in the Q&A below.)

Other important news

The FDA is warning people not to use any hand sanitizer from a certain manufacturer after finding a potentially fatal toxic substance in nine of its products.

Over 700 cash-strapped cities are halting plans to repair roads, water systems or make other key investments.

A Q&A on the new restrictions on foreign workers imposed by the Trump administration on Monday, citing the pandemic.

Activists halt street protests in South Carolina after some demonstrators test positive for covid-19.

Saudi Arabia announced that it will drastically limit the number of people involved in the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.

The New York Times    The Morning      June 19, 2020

By David Leonhardt
Good morning. Facebook and Twitter take actions against Trump. Climate change is making babies sick. And the Supreme Court issues its second left-leaning decision in a week.

DACA lives on 

Supporters of DACA outside of the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

When this country started hearing a decade ago about Dreamers — people who came to the United States as small children without legal permission — many of them were in their teens or early 20s. These Dreamers are now full adults, with careers and families, and many have spent years anxiously wondering whether they would be thrown out of the only country they’ve really known.

Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling, which barred President Trump from deporting the Dreamers anytime soon, came as a tremendous relief to them.
“It feels amazing,” Vanessa Pumar, 31, an immigration lawyer who came from Venezuela at age 11, said. “I have been holding my breath. It feels like I can finally breathe.”
Marisol Montejano, who’s 36 and received a math degree this week from a California university, used the same word: “I feel like I could breathe.” Montejano planned to tell her two children that “it’s going to be OK.”
Joana Cabrera, who is 24 and came from the Philippines at age 9, said, “I’m actually still shaking.” Cabrera added, “I’m unbelievably happy, because I was expecting the worst.”
The decision was the second this week in which at least one conservative justice — Chief Justice John Roberts, in this case — joined the court’s four liberal members to issue a left-leaning ruling. Immigration is proving to be one of the issues (along with L.G.B.T.Q. rights) on which the court is not reliably conservative. Last year, a majority effectively blocked the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census.
Yesterday’s decision was a narrow one, holding that the administration did not follow the proper procedures for terminating President Barack Obama’s policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, of allowing Dreamers to stay. Trump quickly suggested that he still planned to end the policy.
But, as The Times’s Miriam Jordan told us, “There’s nothing the Trump administration could do fast enough to get rid of the program before the election.”
Many Republicans may be quite happy about that, anyway. “Polls show extraordinarily broad support for giving legal status to the Dreamers,” said Julie Davis, a Times editor who’s written a book about Trump’s immigration policy with her colleague Michael Shear, “and being on the wrong side of that issue is the last place Republicans want to be five months before an election.”
The dissent: Justice Clarence Thomas argued that Trump had the power to end DACA and the majority of justices were trying “to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision.”
Big impact: Roberto G. Gonzales, a Harvard professor who has been studying DACA since it went into effect in 2012, calls it “the most successful immigration policy in recent decades.”
Gonzales explains: “Within a year, DACA beneficiaries were already taking giant steps. They found new jobs. They increased their earnings. They acquired driver’s licenses. And they began to build credit through opening bank accounts and obtaining credit cards.”
1. Social media vs. the president
Facebook and Twitter both pushed back against Trump’s use of inflammatory material yesterday. Facebook removed advertisements by the Trump campaign that prominently featured a red triangle that the Nazis used to classify Communist political prisoners during World War II. The ad used it in connection with antifa, a loose collective of anti-fascist protesters.
Twitter added a warning — an exclamation point with the label “Manipulated Media” — to a Trump tweet that featured a video of two toddlers running down a sidewalk. The video, which included a headline about a “racist baby,” had been made to look like a CNN segment.

The next source of debate: Tomorrow, Trump will hold his first rally since the coronavirus shut down public gatherings. Critics have condemned his choice of a host city: Tulsa, Okla., the site of a racist massacre 99 years ago this month.

2. Observing Juneteenth
Today is Juneteenth, and a growing number of companies have begun recognizing it as a holiday, in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Times has put together a collection of historical photos, poetry and articles about the holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

“As someone who has celebrated Juneteenth for a long time, I think we need it now — not in lieu of the freedom, justice and equality we are still fighting for — but in addition, because we have been fighting for so very long,” Veronica Chambers, an editor who spearheaded the project, writes.

More Confederate pushback: Nancy Pelosi ordered portraits of four House speakers who served the Confederacy to be removed from the Capitol. And the Southeastern Conference threatened not to hold future college sports championships in Mississippi unless the state removed the Confederate battle emblem from its flag.
3. Another bleak jobs picture
Another 1.5 million Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the coronavirus pandemic was reaching deeper into the economy even as the pace of jobs cuts slowed.
“Layoffs that happened at the beginning of this likely were intended as temporary,” said Martha Gimbel, a labor market expert. “But if you’re laying off people now, that’s probably a long-term business decision.”
4. The limate’s effect on pregnancy
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Higher temperatures caused by climate change and increased air pollution have raised women’s risk of giving birth to premature, underweight or stillborn children — and hurt African-American babies most. That’s the finding of a newly published paper, which reviewed data from 57 studies collectively analyzing nearly 33 million births in the United States.
Here’s what else is happening
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota withdrew from consideration to be Joe Biden’s running mate and said she told him he should pick a woman of color.
  • The chief executive of AMC Theaters prompted a backlash after saying moviegoers would not be required to wear masks when AMC theaters reopen next month. The executive, Adam Aron, said, “We did not want to be drawn into a political controversy.”
  • Chinese officials said today that they had indicted two Canadians on espionage charges. The move escalated a conflict that began after Canada arrested an executive of the Chinese technology giant Huawei in 2018.
  • Lives Lived: “We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when.” Vera Lynn, the “Sweetheart” of the British forces in World War II, sang those lyrics and many more to the troops and to embattled Londoners in the Blitz. In the darkest days, her voice was as familiar to Britons as Churchill’s. She died at age 103.

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Nebraska governor says he’ll withhold federal money from counties that require masks –– June 18. Local governments in Nebraska can encourage people to wear masks, but the governor does not believe people should be denied access to government buildings for failure to wear a mask, and said any locality requiring them will not receive funds from the CARES Act meant to help fight the coronavirus. Why it matters: The mandate means counties are reluctantly dropping mask requirements meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. — The Los Angeles Times

Trump campaign makes pitch for fourth debate with Biden amid declining poll numbers — June 18. Just months ago Trump threatened not to participate in any of the three previously scheduled debates. Why it matters: The Trump campaign believes the best way to ding Biden’s strong poll numbers is to get him to make more public appearances. — The Washington Post

How the White House agenda for managing space traffic got jammed up — June 19. Space Policy Directive-3, signed by the president in 2018, was meant to improve U.S. tracking of objects in space, reassigning that responsibility from the Department of Defense to the Commerce Department. But Commerce has not yet been given full authority nor resources, and has no budget for the mission in fiscal year 2020. Why it matters: As access to space becomes easier and less expensive, orbits are becoming crowded, creating the need for more space traffic management to prevent major accidents such as satellite collisions. — Politico 

California judge blocks Betsy DeVos from withholding relief money from undocumented students — June 17.  DeVos tried to implement restrictions on which college students could receive emergency coroanvirus relief money, limiting it only to those who qualified for normal federal financial aid and excluding undocumented and foreign students, as well as those with poor grades, defaulted student loans or small drug convictions. Why it matters: DeVos’ directive would exclude hundreds of thousands of students from accessing funds Congress chose not to restrict, and while the rulings in California and Washington apply only to those states, the policy is on shaky ground nationally. — The Washington Post

U.S. senators unveil bill to curb foreign espionage, influence on campuses — June 18. The “Safeguarding American Innovation Act” is meant to give the U.S. State Department more authority to deny visas to foreign nationals seeking access to sensitive information and technologies related to national and economic security. Why it matters: The bipartisan group of senators behind the bill say it will help prevent foreign governments from accessing research and vital intellectual property developed at universities. — Reuters 

Five Takeaways From John Bolton’s Memoir

“The Room Where It Happened” describes Mr. Bolton’s 17 turbulent months at President Trump’s side through a multitude of crises and foreign policy challenges.

Fiona Hill, John R. Bolton’s former Russia adviser, during a House impeachment hearing last year in Washington.Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times

By Peter Baker

Published June 18, 2020Updated June 20, 2020

John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, plans to publish a damning book next week depicting President Trump as a corrupt, poorly informed, reckless leader who used the power of his office to advance his own personal and political needs even ahead of the nation’s interests.

The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” describes Mr. Bolton’s 17 turbulent months at Mr. Trump’s side through a multitude of crises and foreign policy challenges, but attention has focused mainly on his assertions that the president took a variety of actions that should have been investigated for possible impeachment beyond just the pressure campaign on Ukraine to incriminate Democrats.

Mr. Bolton, who did not testify during House proceedings and whose offer to testify in the Senate trial was blocked by Republicans, confirms many crucial elements of the Ukraine scheme that got Mr. Trump impeached in December. He also asserts that the president was willing to intervene in criminal investigations to curry favor with foreign dictators. And he says that Mr. Trump pleaded with China’s president to help him win re-election by buying American crops grown in key farm states.

Here are some of the highlights:

An offer of firsthand evidence on the Ukraine matter.

The book offers firsthand evidence that Mr. Trump linked his suspension of $391 million in security aid for Ukraine to his demands that Ukraine publicly announce investigations into supposed wrongdoing by Democrats, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — the heart of the impeachment case against the president.

If Mr. Bolton’s account is to be believed, it means that Mr. Trump explicitly sought to use taxpayer money as leverage to extract help from another country for his partisan political campaign, a quid pro quo that House Democrats called an abuse of power. At the time of the impeachment hearings, Republicans dismissed the accusation by saying that the witnesses offered only secondhand evidence. Mr. Bolton, by contrast, was in the room.

Mr. Bolton says that he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper tried eight to 10 times to persuade the president to release the aid, which Ukraine desperately needed to defend itself against a continuing war with Russia-sponsored forces. The critical meeting took place on Aug. 20 when, Mr. Bolton writes, Mr. Trump “said he wasn’t in favor of sending them anything until all the Russia-investigation materials related to Clinton and Biden had been turned over,” referring to Hillary Clinton.

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Mr. Bolton otherwise confirms testimony offered by his former Russia adviser, Fiona Hill, that he objected to the “drug deal” being cooked up by Mr. Trump’s associates to force Ukraine to help and that he called Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer who was hip deep in the affair, “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.” He writes that he suspected that Mr. Giuliani had personal business interests at stake and adds that he had the matter reported to the White House Counsel’s Office.

“I thought the whole affair was bad policy, questionable legally, and unacceptable as presidential behavior,” Mr. Bolton writes. “Was it a factor in my later resignation? Yes, but as one of many ‘straws’ that contributed to my departure.”

Explaining a lack of testimony, and placing blame on Democrats.

As the book nears publication and details spill out, many congressional Democrats quickly assailed Mr. Bolton for not telling his story during the impeachment proceedings and instead saving it for his $2 million book.

Mr. Bolton explains his position in the epilogue, saying he wanted to wait to see if a judge would order his former deputy to testify over White House objections. House Democrats opted not to pursue the case, fearing endless litigation. Once the House impeached Mr. Trump over the Ukraine matter, Mr. Bolton volunteered to testify in the Senate trial that followed if subpoenaed.

But Senate Republicans voted to block new testimony by him and any other witnesses even after The New York Times reported that his forthcoming book would confirm the quid pro quo. Some of those Republican senators said that even if Mr. Bolton was correct, it would not be enough in their minds to justify making Mr. Trump the first president in American history convicted and removed from office.

Mr. Bolton blames House Democrats for being in a rush rather than waiting for the court system to rule on whether witnesses like him should testify, and he faults them for narrowing their inquiry to just the Ukraine matter rather than building a broader case with more examples of misconduct by the president.

“Had a Senate majority agreed to call witnesses and had I testified, I am convinced, given the environment then existing because of the House’s impeachment malpractice, that it would have made no significant difference in the Senate outcome,” he writes.

Singling out episodes of “obstruction of justice as a way of life.”

The other episodes that Mr. Bolton says the House should have investigated include Mr. Trump’s willingness to intervene in Justice Department investigations against foreign companies to “give personal favors to dictators he liked.” Mr. Bolton said it appeared to be “obstruction of justice as a way of life.”

He singles out Halkbank of Turkey, a state-owned financial institution investigated for a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade American sanctions on Iran. At a side encounter during a Buenos Aires summit meeting in late 2018, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey handed Mr. Trump a memo by the law firm representing Halkbank, “which Trump did nothing more than flip through before declaring he believed Halkbank was totally innocent.” He then told Mr. Erdogan “he would take care of things.”

Attorney General William P. Barr later spent months trying to negotiate a settlement with the bank, but that came to an end in October, after Mr. Bolton left office, when the Justice Department charged Halkbank in a six-count indictment.

President Trump with President Xi Jinping of China last summer in Osaka, Japan.Credit…Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Mr. Bolton also mentions ZTE, the Chinese telecommunications giant that was convicted of evading sanctions on Iran and North Korea and then faced new penalties for further violations during its follow-up consent decree. During a conversation on trade with President Xi Jinping of China, Mr. Trump offered to lighten the penalties.

“Xi replied that if that were done, he would owe Trump a favor and Trump immediately responded he was doing this because of Xi,” Mr. Bolton writes. He called himself “appalled” and “stunned” by the idea of intervening in a criminal investigation to let a sanctions buster off the hook. In the end, at Mr. Trump’s behest, the Justice Department accepted a $1 billion fine and lifted a seven-year ban on buying American products, an act of lenience that saved the company from going out of business.

A new allegation in the book accuses Mr. Trump of “pleading” with Mr. Xi to help him win re-election by buying American agricultural products, which would help the president in farm states. Mr. Trump did not deny it when asked about the matter on Wednesday night by Sean Hannity on Fox News, but Robert Lighthizer, his trade representative, did on his behalf earlier in the day, saying it was not true.

Describing a toxic environment inside the administration.

Over a long career in and out of Republican administrations in Washington, Mr. Bolton has rarely shied from giving his opinions, usually born of strong conservative national security convictions that have made him one of the capital’s most outspoken hawks advocating the use of military power and sanctions.

While he agreed with Mr. Trump on issues like getting out of the nuclear accord with Iran, he found himself repeatedly trying to stop the president from making concessions to other rogue states or making an ill-considered peace deal with the Taliban in Afghanistan while pushing for a more robust use of force against outliers like Iran or Syria. He considered Mr. Trump’s diplomacy to be folly.

To Mr. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s decision to meet North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in Singapore was a “foolish mistake,” and the president’s desire to then invite Mr. Kim to the White House was “a potential disaster of enormous magnitude.” A series of presidential Twitter posts about China and North Korea were “mostly laughable.” Mr. Trump’s meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in Helsinki was a “self-inflicted wound” and “Putin had to be laughing uproariously at what he had gotten away with in Helsinki.”

Mr. Bolton also describes an environment inside the administration marked by caustic infighting in which various players trash one another in a contest for the president’s ear — and the president trashes all of them.

When Mr. Bolton took over as national security adviser in 2018, John F. Kelly, then the White House chief of staff, disparaged the departing adviser, H.R. McMaster, by saying, “The president hasn’t had a national security adviser in the past year and he needs one.” Mr. Pompeo, the book says, disparaged Nikki R. Haley, then the ambassador to the United Nations, calling her “light as a feather.”

Battling over what is deemed classified information.

The Justice Department has gone to court to stop the book from being published, arguing that it has classified information in it and that it was not cleared by a prepublication review required of former government officials like Mr. Bolton.

In fact, according to his lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, Mr. Bolton participated in an extensive back-and-forth over the book and agreed to all of the revisions mandated by the career official who reviewed it or came up with acceptable alternatives. Only when the review was over did another official, Michael J. Ellis, a political appointee, step in to review it all over again at the instruction of Robert C. O’Brien, Mr. Bolton’s successor as national security adviser.

If there is classified information still in the book, it is hard to figure out what it might be. There are not references to secret intelligence programs or espionage sources and methods. But Mr. Trump insisted this week that every conversation with him was “highly classified” and therefore could not be disclosed, an assertion that goes far beyond tradition.

In his epilogue, Mr. Bolton says that in a few cases, “I was prevented from conveying information that I thought was not properly classifiable, since it revealed information that can only be described as embarrassing to Trump or as indicative of possible impermissible behavior.” One example is the direct quote of what Mr. Trump said to Mr. Xi about helping him win re-election.

For the most part, though, Mr. Bolton explains in the epilogue that the career official who reviewed the book merely made him take quotation marks off things that the president said and otherwise generally left them in. And so Mr. Bolton offers a guide to readers: “In some cases, just put your own quotation marks around the relevant passages; you won’t go far wrong.”

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Jun 21, 2020  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Sunday, June 21, President Trump hits the reelection campaign trail despite concerns from health experts, COVID_19 cases surge across the country as states reopen, and parents of Asian-American children fear racism in the classroom as schools plan to reopen in the fall. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from Florida. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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On this edition for Saturday, June 20, Attorney General William Barr tries to oust a top U.S. attorney, weeks-long protests over George Floyd’s murder continue around the world, and why the Paycheck Protection Program is failing minority-owned businesses. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from Florida. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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Friday on the NewsHour, Americans mark the Juneteenth holiday with both celebration and urgent demands for change. Plus: Observing Juneteenth in Tulsa ahead of President Trump’s rally there, Tulsa’s history of violence against Black residents, African reaction to American racial unrest, why some Americans object to wearing face masks, Shields and Brooks and remembering victims of COVID-19. Support your local PBS station here: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS News Wrap: Officer in Breonna Taylor killing to be fired… Americans observe Juneteenth with calls for racial justice… Black Tulsa residents mark Juneteenth with sorrow and hope… How pandemic, police protests created an ‘alignment’ for racial change… How African countries are reacting to American racial unrest… How wearing a face mask became politically fraught… Shields and Brooks on Bolton’s claims, observing Juneteenth… Remembering 5 more victims of the COVID-19 pandemic… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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President Donald Trump will take the stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday – his first rally in the era of the novel coronavirus. It comes amid reporting on explosive allegations from the forthcoming book by his former National Security Adviser, John Bolton. The panel also discussed where Washington leaders stand on police reform legislation. Panel: Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent for The PBS NewsHour Geoff Bennett, White House Correspondent for NBC News Josh Dawsey, White House Reporter for The Washington Post Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today Watch the latest full show and Extra here: Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook:

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US President Donald Trump has held his first campaign rally in more than three months, addressing a smaller than predicted crowd of supporters at an arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Trump took aim at the media, blaming them for the low turnout with talk of violent protests and the dangers of coronavirus. Infections are on the rise in Tulsa, including six staffers on Trump’s advance team who tested positive. While there were some confrontations between Trump supporters and Black Lives Matters protesters, demonstrations outside the venue were peaceful. Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were scheduled to speak to supporters at an outdoor overflow area. But that part of the rally was abruptly canceled due to low attendance. DW’s Stefan Simons is on the ground in Tulsa. Subscribe:… For more news go to: Follow DW on social media: ?Facebook:… ?Twitter: ?Instagram: Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie:… #Trump #Tulsa #UsElections2020


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Atlanta has become the new epicenter of a growing campaign for racial justice. Thousands of protesters marched there after the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks on Friday night. Meanwhile, pressure continues to build in Minneapolis for the city to overhaul its police department following the death of George Floyd, which sparked a national social movement. William Brangham reports. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:


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Since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, calls have grown for that city to overhaul its police department. Now, the effort to “dismantle the police department as we know it” has gained the support of a majority of city council members. What does that mean in terms of actual policy? Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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White evangelical Christians represent a key support group for President Trump. The Reverend Robert Schenck is a clergyman from this very group. His rhetoric and zeal to shut down abortion clinics helped motivate the 1998 murder of Dr. Barnett Slepian, an OB/GYN in Buffalo, NY. Since then, Rev. Schenck’s soul-searching has led him to a new ideology. Today, he leads an educational nonprofit which takes inspiration from anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed for plotting against Hitler. Schenck speaks with Michel Martin about the importance of embracing empathy in our time. Originally aired on June 16, 2020. Subscribe to the Amanpour and Company. channel here:


The Tulsa Race Massacre; Then and now.

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By T.J. Ortenzi

DeNeen Brown was sitting across from her father and staring out of the restaurant window as lunch service hummed in a soul food cafe.

It was midday in Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood and Brown, a Post reporter, was in town for a quick visit with her father. She was surprised to see a gleaming new apartment complex and a frozen yogurt shop along the city’s historic Black Wall Street, the epicenter of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history.

In 1921, mobs of white people killed as many as 300 black people and set fires that consumed hundreds of homes and businesses, leaving more than 10,000 African Americans homeless in a place so affluent it was nicknamed Black Wall Street. Witnesses later recounted bodies being dumped into mass graves.

National Guard troops escort unarmed African American men after the massacre. (Oklahoma Historical Society/Getty)

But when Brown looked out the window, she didn’t see any signs of that painful history. Instead, she saw a yoga studio, a burger shop and brand new stadium. And it hit her.

“I thought ‘Oh, my God, Black Wall Street has been gentrified,’” says Brown.

When Brown returned to Washington, she relayed that observation to her editor Lynda Robinson, who suggested there might be something to it. Did Brown want to write about the massacre and the gentrifying neighborhood? She did.

Soon, Brown was on a flight back to Oklahoma. When she told her father what she was working on, he had just the person in mind: a Tulsa city council member who had been pressing the city for answers about what had happened in 1921 and whether mass graves really existed.

Brown discovered that the city’s former mayor had denied requests to excavate the site of a suspected mass grave and reported it out.

In September 2018, Brown’s story was published on the front page of The Washington Post.

The next day, Tulsa’s mayor was meeting with black religious leaders about a new real estate development and a pastor held up a copy of Brown’s front page story and asked about the role the massacre played in the city’s planning.

The mayor agreed to launch a new investigation into the existence of mass graves. Excavations were scheduled to begin in April 2020, but were put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

And this is the city where President Trump is scheduled to hold his first campaign rally in months.

Read Brown’s coverage of the rally and catch up with her previous reporting about the massacre and possible mass graves.

1. Black leaders in Tulsa are outraged by Trump’s planned rally during a pandemic

The event has drawn outrage from black Tulsans, who say it will stoke tensions during a weekend that celebrates freedom for enslaved black people.

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National Archives finds the original hand written Juneteeth order. Proclamation informed last Texas enslaved they were free.

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Good morning. In today’s AP Morning Wire:

·         Juneteenth: A day of joy and pain – and now US national action.

·         Atlanta police call out sick to protest murder charges in shooting.

·         Decline in US virus deaths may reverse; India cases soar.

·         Court rejects Trump bid to end young immigrants’ protections.


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Juneteenth: A day of joy and pain – and now protest across the US

In any other year, Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked by African American families across the nation with a parade or a community festival.

But today, Juneteenth 2020 will be a day of protest in many places. From coast to coast, celebrations will include marches and demonstrations of civil disobedience.

And like the nationwide protests that followed the recent deaths of black men and women in Minnesota, Kentucky and Georgia at the hands of white police, Juneteenth celebrations are likely to be strikingly more multiracial this year, Aaron Morrison and Kat Stafford report.

One black Army veteran told AP he will be treating “Juneteenth with the same fanfare as the Fourth of July or Memorial Day” for the first time this year.

AP Explains: Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free 155 years ago. 2020 may be the year it reaches a new decisive moment of epoch-making recognition.

Atlanta Police: Officers have called out sick to protest the filing of murder charges against a white officer who shot Rayshard Brooks in the back and kicked him as he lay mortally wounded on the ground. The interim chief told the AP in an interview that members of the force feel abandoned amid protests demanding massive changes to policing.

An interview with Brooks, conducted four months before he was killed, has emerged. Reconnect, a company that focuses on fighting incarceration and addiction, interviewed him about the year he spent in jail. Brooks said the criminal justice system treats the people incarcerated within it like “animals.”

Trump Poll: A new poll from The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that Americans are deeply unhappy about the state of their country. The survey also reveals that a majority think President Trump is exacerbating tensions in a moment of national crisis.

Klobuchar-Biden: Amy Klobuchar is dropping out of vice presidential contention and urging Democrat Joe Biden to select a woman of color instead. The Minnesota senator said that she called the presumptive presidential nominee and made the suggestion. She says it would be a step Biden could take to help “heal this nation.”

School Curriculum: A national conversation on racial injustice is bringing new scrutiny to how African American history is taught in schools around the country. There is no national curriculum or set of standards for teaching black history in America. Only a small number of states, including Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi and New York, have laws requiring that black history be taught in public schools.

Confederate Monument: As midnight approached on the eve of Juneteenth, the obelisk glorifying the Lost Cause was laid on its side and slid to a waiting truck in Decatur, Georgia. The figure had been a flashpoint for protests in the city after the police killing of George Floyd, and was often vandalized and marked by graffiti. It was removed by crane from the town square near Atlanta amid cheers from the watching crowd.

Hollywood: As protests erupted across the country, every major entertainment company in Hollywood issued statements of support for the black community. But as unanimous as that show of solidarity was, the movie industry has a past — and present — to reckon with. Hollywood’s record in diversity and inclusion has improved in recent years, but it still lags behind the population.

Follow all of AP’s Racial Injustice coverage here.

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City Summer, Country Summer

A photographer and a writer separately explore black boyhood and the season.

Photographs by Andre D. Wagner

Text by Kiese Laymon

Credit…Andre D. Wagner

Black boys from Mississippi know the Black boys from New York. When we were young, their parents sent them down south one summer. We were as afraid of calling them beautiful as we were of calling them by their real names.

If they were Chaka, Marcus, Stephon, Akil or Damon, we called them New York. Whether we were from Jackson, Memphis, Birmingham or Atlanta, they called us country. They were quick. We were fast. We were strong. They were tough. They talked with their hands. We listened with our chests. We were singular people — New York and I — but we were also representations of actual distinct places, and every meaty assumption that those two places hold.

We were Mississippi Black boys visiting Grandmama. They were New York Black boys visiting Mama Lara. All of us were they. All of us were them. By the end of one Saturday in the summer, New York Black boys and Mississippi Black boys wandered through woods, and woulds and coulds, through the kind of freeing friendship that is love.

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This was five years before that stranger at Battlefield Park called us slurs, rhyming triggers and figures, with no fathers at home; 11 years before the police placed guns to our head for throwing invisible rocks of crack out of windows; six months after our teacher threatened to hold us back because we refused to write ourselves out of the assignments they gave; and two weeks after we tried to humiliate Octavia in the lunchroom to make ourselves feel harder, impenetrable, like men.

Every weekday summer morning, when Grandmama went to work at the chicken plant, we jumped off the porch of her pink shotgun house and sprinted 20 yards to Mama Lara’s tiny off-white house. Nothing separated Grandmama and Mama Lara houses, other than the largest, greenest garden in Forest, Miss.

This Saturday morning, we were out on Grandmama’s porch getting our cardboard sled ready to slide down the underpass on Highway 35 when New York walked up on the porch shirtless, wearing what looked like off-brand Buddies and fluorescent wristbands.

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On the way to the underpass, we walked through the woods.

New York asked why some places in the woods were cooler than a fan, but not cool as air-conditioning.

We laughed, thinking New York was joking.

New York wandered away from us and walked closer to the edge of the woods. You good? we asked them.

I’m ready to go home, New York said.

They jumped the ditch and headed back toward Mama Lara’s house. We tried to make ourselves laugh because laughing was how we worried, how we consented to love and how we said I’d like you to love me.

New York did not laugh.

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They stopped next to my grandmother’s side of the garden and just watched the sunflowers, the greens, the black-eyed peas, beans, the cucumbers, the green tomatoes, the gangly stalks of corn twice as tall as any of us.

What you run up on? we asked New York. A snake? Copperhead?

New York ignored us and walked into the garden until we couldn’t see his fluorescent wristbands or the wet brown of his chest.

We followed, looking for New York.

Where you at, we asked. You need to stop playing. My grandmama don’t like when folks be messing in her garden.

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We were behind the house when we heard, “Marco?” coming from the front of right of the garden.

Polo, we said.


There they go over there, we whispered to one another.



Where this fool at?



I think they bread ain’t all the way done.




We looked down every row in that garden looking for New York until we got to the front of the garden, on Mama Lara’s side.

“Marco?” we heard from where we’d just left.



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We walked back to the middle of the garden afraid that New York had been taken by Wayne Williams, white folks or white folks’ god.

Something in those central Mississippi woods reminded New York of the language of home. Being reminded of home, so far away from the bodegas, the apartments that scraped the clouds, the fire hydrants and actual blocks, terrified or satisfied New York. Whether it was absolute fear or exquisite satisfaction, wandering through the cool spots in those Mississippi woods was too much for New York’s body.

We didn’t speak this.

New York didn’t speak this.

But our bodies knew.

In the middle of the garden, we felt a forceful wind getting closer to us and when we turned around, New York tackled us and laughed so hard as we all tumbled on a row of my grandmother’s butter beans.

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On the ground of that garden, covered in vegetables and dirt, coated in so much laughter, I want to say that the Mississippi and New York in our Black boy bodies were indistinguishable from each other. That would be a lie. We absolutely contrasted. But the sight, tastes and smells of our contrasts felt like safeness.

Not safety.

Safeness. And safeness sounded like love. When we stood up, the rain dropped thicker.

Grandmama and Mama Lara were standing on the outside of the garden, pillars of our safeness, longing for more safeness themselves, each spraying us with water from their water hoses. “If y’all don’t get y’all behind from out our garden,” Mama Lara said, laughing, “we know something.”

We all knew something, too, and what we knew was more than short trailers and shotgun houses, more than magnolias and pines trees, more than semi-trucks filled with chickens headed to be slaughtered at the plant. We knew another way for Black boys in America to say I love you and I am afraid. And we kept saying I love you and I am afraid in as many different ways as we could that Saturday in the summer until it was time for New York to go home.

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Andre D. Wagner is a photographer working in New York City. These images were taken between 2015 and 2020. Kiese Laymon is the author of “Heavy: An American Memoir” and the novel “Long Division.”

The Look is a column that examines identity through a visual-first lens. This year, the column is focused on the relationship between American culture and politics in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, produced by Eve Lyons and Tanner Curtis.

A version of this article appears in print on June 7, 2020, Section ST, Page 4 of the New York edition. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe

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Thursday on the NewsHour, the Supreme Court hands President Trump a major legal defeat on immigration, a cornerstone of his agenda. Plus: How officials in the U.S. and abroad are responding to John Bolton’s claims, Stacey Abrams on voting rights in America, weighing the risks of reopening, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on coronavirus in his state and grieving Italians demand the truth on the pandemic. Support your local PBS station here: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS After SCOTUS decision, what’s next for American ‘Dreamers’… News Wrap: Confederate portraits removed from U.S. Capitol… What Bolton book claims mean for Trump, U.S. foreign policy… Stacey Abrams on turning a ‘rallying cry’ into real policy… Balancing the health and economic costs of the pandemic… Gov. Mike DeWine on managing COVID-19 as Ohio reopens… Grieving Northern Italians want answers on pandemic response… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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Wednesday on the NewsHour, a conversation with Sen. Tim Scott about the Republican police reform bill he is leading. Plus: Robert Gates on how the U.S. can overcome the challenges it faces, Japan’s pandemic response, the broad coalition of Americans demanding police reform and racial justice, federal funding for national parks and public lands and how artists connect with audiences from afar. Support your local PBS station here: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Tim Scott on ‘looking for a solution’ for police reform… News Wrap: Reports of explosive claims in Bolton’s new book… Robert Gates on U.S. military’s ‘disproportionate role’… Is Japan’s pandemic response a disaster or a success?… How protests against racism in the U.S. gained broad support… What’s in a historic environmental bill passed by the Senate ttps:// Connecting through art when a pandemic keeps us apart… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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Tuesday on the NewsHour, President Trump signs an executive order on policing, as lawmakers continue to work on their own reform proposals. Plus: Use of force in the deaths of Rayshard Brooks and Breonna Taylor, a deadly face-off for China and India in the Himalayas, tensions escalate between North and South Korea, a virus scientist copes with COVID-19 and Mary Chapin Carpenter sings from home. Support your local PBS station here: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS News Wrap: Man arrested after Albuquerque protest shooting… Will Trump’s executive order force change in U.S. policing?… 2 views on police use of force in killing of Rayshard Brooks… Breonna Taylor’s killing and police treatment of black women… Himalayan border dispute between China, India turns violent… What’s behind North Korea’s latest act of aggression… A virus scientist on his own battle with COVID-19… Mary Chapin Carpenter on music as a tonic for the times… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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George Floyd, From ‘I Want to Touch the World’ to ‘I Can’t Breathe’

Mr. Floyd had big plans for life nearly 30 years ago. His death in police custody is powering a movement against police brutality and racial injustice.

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By Manny Fernandez and Audra D. S. Burch

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HOUSTON — It was the last day of 11th grade at Jack Yates High School in Houston, nearly three decades ago. A group of close friends, on their way home, were contemplating what senior year and beyond would bring. They were black teenagers on the precipice of manhood. What, they asked one another, did they want to do with their lives?

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“George turned to me and said, ‘I want to touch the world,’” said Jonathan Veal, 45, recalling the aspiration of one of the young men — a tall, gregarious star athlete named George Floyd whom he had met in the school cafeteria on the first day of sixth grade. To their 17-year-old minds, touching the world maybe meant the N.B.A. or the N.F.L.

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Petal, Miss., a predominantly white community sees neighbors confronting one another and talking about racial divides.

“It was one of the first moments I remembered after learning what happened to him,” Mr. Veal said. “He could not have imagined that this is the tragic way people would know his name.”

The world now knows George Perry Floyd Jr. through his final harrowing moments, as he begged for air, his face wedged for nearly nine minutes between a city street and a police officer’s knee.

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Mr. Floyd’s gasping death, immortalized on a bystander’s cellphone video during the twilight hours of Memorial Day, has powered two weeks of sprawling protests across America against police brutality. He has been memorialized in Minneapolis, where he died; in North Carolina, where he was born; and in Houston, where thousands stood in the unrelenting heat on Monday afternoon to file past his gold coffin and bid him farewell in the city where he spent most of his life.

Many of those who attended the public viewing said they saw Mr. Floyd as one of them — a fellow Houstonian who could have been their father, their brother or their son.

“This is something that touched really close,” said Kina Ardoin, 43, a nurse who stood in a line that stretched far from the church entrance. “This could have been anybody in my family.”

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Today we remember George Perry Floyd Jr.

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Listen to ‘The Daily’: ‘I Want To Touch the World’

Hosted by Michael Barbaro and Caitlin Dickerson, produced by Clare Toeniskoetter, Michael Simon Johnson, Adizah Eghan, Daniel Guillemette, Asthaa Chaturvedi, Bianca Giaever and Stella Tan, and edited by Lisa Tobin and Liz O. Baylen

Today we remember George Perry Floyd Jr.

archived recording (jonathan veal)

My name is Jonathan Veal. I have known George Floyd since the sixth grade at James D. Ryan Middle School in the community of Third Ward, which is located in Houston, Texas. The first day I saw him, I was in the cafeteria, and he came in. And I was just blown away by his height. He was 6’2“, and I was just in awe, just like wow, that’s a tall guy. And he was just tall and skinny. This guy is in the sixth grade? And that was the beginning of our relationship. I remember it was the last day of school in our junior year, and there was this place just north of our school, maybe three blocks, that we called The Hill. And we would just kind of go there just to hang out. And for some reason, the conversation shifted to OK, we’re about to graduate. It was like we’re no longer going to be teenagers anymore. So I know I talked about just wanting to get married, and George talked about college. And all of a sudden he made this statement. He says, man, I want to be big. I want to touch the world.


Most of us had not seen the world outside of, you know, Third Ward or the Houston community so it was just like, oh. Wow. OK.

archived recording 1

He was just a fun person to be around. There was never a dull moment. Never a dull moment.

archived recording 2

Me and Big George used to go to school all the time. And he’d get out and listen to music and talk about, you know, about the music world, and how he want to do this and do that, and just be successful.

archived recording 3

We were young, just kids. We trying to figure this thing out, you know? It’s when you’re in your 20s, your early 20s and you’re trying to figure out — you’re trying to see what direction you’re going to go in, just waking up and just trying to figure it out.

archived recording

I met Floyd seven to 10 years ago while I was trying to plant a church, Resurrection Houston’s Ministry, in the middle of Third Ward Houston, Texas, in the Cuney Homes Housing Project. And say I go to a neighborhood, I can knock on 50 doors. 50 people may come out. Floyd comes out the door, 100 people come out. Everybody knows him. He’s connected. Man, just to see his impact was amazing, his road to redemption. And then how God used him in this season and in this moment.


archived recording 1

Soon as he come in the door, he asks you, are you good? You all right? Always. And he would say — he always said things twice sometimes. He always called me Al-Al, and he called Teresa T-T. He just — that’s just him. Every time we cooked him a meal, gave him a plate, he’d come down rubbing his tummy and just go, “thank you, thank you, thank you.” You know what I mean? And he always said this for the whole time that Teresa and me and him lived here together. He always would tell us, “I want y’all to know I appreciate you.” He always would tell us that.

archived recording (jonathan veal)

After I learned that this was my friend, just a flood of emotions came about. I didn’t sleep the next couple of nights just thinking about what happened. And then that’s when it became global. And then I was like, wow, it’s literally happening. He’s touching the world. He’s touching the world. I was just like, wow.

caitlin dickerson

From The New York Times, I’m Caitlin Dickerson. This is “The Daily.” Today: George Floyd’s funeral. My colleague Manny Fernandez was in Houston. It’s Wednesday, June 10.

[phone ringing]

manny fernandez

Hi, guys.

caitlin dickerson

Hey, Manny. It’s Caitlin.

manny fernandez

How you doing?

caitlin dickerson

I’m OK. How are you and where are you?

manny fernandez

I am in the parking lot of the Fountain of Praise Church in Southwest Houston, where George Floyd’s funeral was just held.

caitlin dickerson

And what was today about?

manny fernandez

So today was about two different things — and you saw this during the service itself, and then I got this sense from talking to people outside. On the one hand, there was a lot of people who wanted to talk about George Floyd as a symbol of a movement, and George Floyd’s death not being in vain. And yet on the other hand, a lot of people were trying to say, hold on, wait, let’s talk about him as a man. And let’s kind of talk about the jokes he used to crack, and the pranks he used to pull, and what he was like in the projects of Houston where he’s from. And so I think that there was that two-sided story that you kind of heard today. Let’s remember the man who’s become this symbol, and let’s also just remember the man himself.

caitlin dickerson

And this is a familiar dynamic for you, right? I mean, you’ve covered funerals for other people who’ve died at the hands of police, and you’ve seen this dynamic before.

manny fernandez

Yeah, absolutely. It reminded me of 2014 with Michael Brown’s funeral, when people gather around, and they say, give us a little bit of space in this social justice movement that’s popping up around this person’s death. Give us a few hours in a day to talk about them and their flaws, right? And to sort of talk about them as a full human before their life becomes more myth than reality. And I think that the people here at the funeral tried to sort of hold onto that space as long as they can before the train has left the station.

caitlin dickerson

And you heard some of that today, but you’ve also been reporting for the last few weeks on George Floyd, who he was. So what have you learned about his life?

manny fernandez

I spent a lot of time at the place where he’s from. And he’s from a place called the Bricks. And the Bricks are a nickname for the Cuney Homes Public Housing Project in Houston. And he grew up in the Cuney Homes in the ‘80s, in the ‘90s and the early 2000s. And it’s a hard world. But by all accounts, he’s a pretty happy kid. George’s mother was sort of a matron of the Cuney Homes. She was raising her kids. She was raising George. And at the same time, she started raising her own grandchildren for a time, and she started raising some of the neighbor’s children. And she fed them, they spent the night at her apartment. And that’s who Miss Cissy was. That’s who George Floyd’s mother was, a mother to a lot of Cuney Homes.

caitlin dickerson

So what happens once George moves into high school and then adulthood?

manny fernandez

So George Floyd goes to high school just down the street from Cuney Homes. He goes to Jack Yates High School. He’s a big kid. Eventually he grows to 6’6“, and he kind of immediately becomes a star basketball player and a star football player. He helps take the football team to state shampionships in 1992, and he is so good that he gets a basketball scholarship to go to college in South Florida. And he goes there, and he plays a little bit of basketball. It doesn’t work out. He transfers back to Texas. He goes to the Kingsville campus of Texas A&M University, and he goes there for a couple years. Meanwhile, he’s going back and forth to Houston, back and forth to the Third Ward. And as he’s doing that, he meets this legendary producer named DJ Screw —

archived recording (dj screw)


— who eventually becomes sort of a legend in Houston rap circles.

(SINGING) Hey. Hey!

manny fernandez

And there was a time in the early ‘90s when DJ Screw made a bunch of mix tapes.

archived recording (dj screw)

(RAPPING) Welcome, y’all to the fabulous Carolina West. I own this [EXPLETIVE].

manny fernandez

And DJ Screw is rapping on these tapes, but he also invites other rappers to come in. And a lot of these rappers are just kids from the neighborhood —

archived recording (george floyd)

(RAPPING) Man, it’s going down. Know what I’m saying?

manny fernandez

— while George Floyd is one of those guys rapping on DJ Screw’s mixtape.

archived recording (george floyd)

(RAPPING) Know what I’m saying? Big Floyd representing [INAUDIBLE].

manny fernandez

And he calls himself Big Floyd.

archived recording (george floyd)

(RAPPING) — going down like a [EXPLETIVE], know what I’m saying? Watch me crawl low on my [EXPLETIVE] spiders. Welcome to the ghetto. It’s Third Ward, Texas. Boys shopping blades on they [EXPLETIVE] mixes. Boys in —

manny fernandez

And then meanwhile, he’s still in college. He’s going to Texas A&M Kingsville. And it doesn’t work out. He pulls out of Texas A&M, he never gets his degree and he goes back to Cuney Homes. And that’s when his life sort of takes another turn. And it’s in 1997 that he gets his first run-in with law enforcement. And so for about a decade of his life, from the age of 23 in 1997, to when he was 34 in 2008, he had a string of arrests in Houston. Some of the arrests were felonies. Some of them were misdemeanors. He was arrested for drugs and for robbery, and a few other charges. His most serious case comes in 2008. He’s arrested for his role in a home invasion robbery, according to court documents. And so he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He’s sentenced to five years in state prison. He only serves four years, and he’s released in 2013. And after he’s released from prison, he really starts to turn his life around. He becomes more religious. George Floyd has a daughter who’s born around that time after he gets out of prison. And it turns out what we learned at the funeral is that he actually had five children and two grandchildren. And he starts reconnecting with his kids. He starts speaking out about and against gun violence. And he becomes almost this unofficial community leader back in the Cuney Homes, back in Third Ward, and he has a lot of respect out there. And then eventually, he gets plugged into this program that will eventually take him to Minneapolis.

We’ve been criticized for not writing about and publicizing more of the details of his criminal history. I think some people have this world view where if you’re an ex-con, then you’re an ex-con, and that’s all you’ll ever be in your life. And the people in the Cuney Homes, a lot of them have run-ins with law enforcement. But, you know, your life moves on after that, and people change. And so I think it’s sort of a balance to try to write about the totality of somebody’s life, the good and the bad, and try to do that in a way that honors the memory of a person whose reason for being in the news has to do with him being a victim of a crime and not the perpetrator of one.

caitlin dickerson

So tell me about George Floyd’s final years and his final chapter.

manny fernandez

He has a pretty quiet life in Minneapolis. He’s living with roommates. He’s working as a security guard at a nightclub. He has a girlfriend. He’s still very religious, reading the Bible. And he has this sort of quiet life. He called it his new chapter in Minneapolis. The people who knew him here in Houston say they thought he was pretty happy out there.


caitlin dickerson

We’ll be right back.

So that’s George Floyd the person. And like you said, there’s also George Floyd the symbol and the beginning of a movement. So how did those two ideas of him play out during his funeral today?

manny fernandez


archived recording

Amen. Amen.

manny fernandez

So the funeral is at a church in Houston called the Fountain of Praise. And the media wasn’t allowed inside. And so I spent most of the day outside talking to people.

archived recording

Pastor Wright, we want to bring greetings to everyone who is within the sanctuary walls as well as those who are watching via stream or some platform today.

manny fernandez

But it was live streamed.

archived recording

[ORGAN PLAYING] In the tradition of the African-American church, this will be a home-going celebration. Come on. I want to say it again. This will be a home-going celebration of brother George Floyd tonight.

manny fernandez

And here you had a number of elected officials, including many of the African-American political leaders in Houston and in Texas.

archived recording (sylvester turner)

Let me just speak, briefly say — let me — on behalf of the city of Houston —

manny fernandez

Mayor Turner of Houston spoke.

archived recording (sylvester turner)

But as I speak right now, the city attorney is drafting an executive order.

manny fernandez

And said that —

archived recording (sylvester turner)

We will ban chokeholds and strangleholds.

manny fernandez

— he wants to ban chokeholds in the Houston Police Department.

archived recording (al green)

And I have a resolution that will be presented to the family.

manny fernandez

You had Congressman Al Green come up.

archived recording (al green)

This resolution is going to say to those who look through the vista of time that at this time, there lived one among us who was a child of God who was taken untimely. But we’re going to make sure that those who have look through time, that they will know that he made a difference within his time, because he changed not only this country, not only the United States, he changed the world. George Floyd changed the world.

manny fernandez

And also —

archived recording (joe biden)

Hello, everyone. On this day of prayer where we try to understand God’s plan and our pain —

manny fernandez

— Joe Biden made a video message.

archived recording (joe biden)

Now is the time for racial justice. That’s the answer we must give to our children when they ask, why? Because when there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America.

manny fernandez

And they all sort of talked about and told the family that his death would not be in vain.

archived recording (joe biden)

God bless you all. God bless you all. [APPLAUSE]

archived recording

I want to ask the members of the family who are going to come up and speak at this time, if you would please make your way to the stage.

manny fernandez

And then after the first half of the funeral is sort of taken up by politicians —

archived recording (kathleen mcgee)

Welcome, everyone. I am George Floyd’s aunt. And I just want to thank everybody, and I would like to thank the whole world, what it has done for my family today.

manny fernandez

— the family sort of takes over.

archived recording (kathleen mcgee)

But I just want to make this statement. The world knows George Floyd. I know Perry Jr. He was a pesky little rascal. [LAUGHS]

But we all loved him.

manny fernandez

And they sort of physically take over, and they’re up there as a group.

archived recording (terrence floyd)

(CRYING) I just want to say that I’m going to miss my brother a whole lot. And — [APPLAUSE]

I love him. I just want to say to him, I love you. And I thank God for giving me my own personal Superman. God bless you all.

manny fernandez

And they start talking about their brother and their uncle.

archived recording (brooke williams)

Hello. My name is Brooke Williams, George Floyd’s niece. And I can breathe. As long as I’m breathing, justice will be served for Perry. First off, I want to thank all of you for coming out to support George Perry Floyd. My uncle was a father, brother, uncle and a cousin to many. Spiritually grounded, an activist, he always moved people with his words.

manny fernandez

And it becomes very powerful to hear them talk in a very intimate way about their relatives.

archived recording (brooke williams)

My most favorite memory when my uncle was when he paid me to scratch his head. After long days of work, we arrived at home. We even created a song about it called “Scratch my head, scratch my head, yeah!” [LAUGHS]

But after that, I knew he was a comedian. He always told me, baby girl, you’re going to go so far with that beautiful smile and brains of yours.”=

archived recording (cyril white)

Well then fast forward to 1998, I started a college exhibition tour team touring around the country going to play different colleges and exhibition games. And Big Floyd, that was my first power forward. I would be calling around, trying to get contracts with the different schools, and the coaches would ask me, who’s your big man? And I would say, George Floyd. They’d say, oh, you got Big Floyd. OK, well your team must be pretty good. And so then we would go off and play.

manny fernandez

And it was those little moments and those little anecdotes that really, I think, helped people get a sense of who George was.

archived recording (philonese floyd)

Everybody know who Big Floyd is now. Third Ward, Cuney Homes —

manny fernandez

As the family spoke —

archived recording (brady bob)

From the Cuney Home to Jack Yates High —

manny fernandez

— you really heard —

archived recording (cyril white)

— from Third Ward and the Cuney Homes to come and join me.

manny fernandez

— this sort of Third Ward pride come up.

archived recording

— in Third Ward Cuney Home, Texas.

manny fernandez

Very historic, black-elected officials live there. It’s home to the only black-owned banking institution in Texas. Beyonce is from the Third Ward. It’s just a place of a lot of black pride and a lot of black history. At the same time, it’s also a place of a lot of struggle and a lot of poverty. And there’s a real strong sense that George Floyd is from this place that is a hard-fought and very proud place.

archived recording


At the direction of Senior Pastor, Pastor Remus Wright —

manny fernandez

And then —

archived recording

— my privilege and my honor today —

manny fernandez

— you have the final eulogy —

archived recording

— a man who needs no introduction but deserves one.

manny fernandez

— delivered by the Reverend Al Sharpton.

archived recording

Al Sharpton. [APPLAUSE]

manny fernandez

And he appears. He’s standing there in a black and white preacher’s robe.

archived recording (al sharpton)

I hear people talk about what happened to George Floyd like there was something less than a crime. This was not just a tragedy, it was a crime.

manny fernandez

And to me, there was this one moment early on. He’s standing up there and then he puts his glasses on, and he starts reading from this list.

archived recording (al sharpton)

— I give him recognition. I must also recognize several families are here.

manny fernandez

As if he’s going to thank some of the different people. And he starts talking about some of the people who are there, and he says —

archived recording (al sharpton)

The mother of Trayvon Martin, will you stand?

manny fernandez

— “The mother of Trayvon Martin, will you stand?”

archived recording (al sharpton)

The mother —

manny fernandez

“The mother of Eric Garner, will you stand?”

archived recording (al sharpton)

The mother of Eric Garner, will you stand?

manny fernandez

And he runs through this long list. It’s like a roll call.

archived recording (al sharpton)

The sister of Botham Jean, will you stand?

manny fernandez

And people are cheering.

archived recording (al sharpton)

The family of Pamela Turner right here in Houston, will you stand?

manny fernandez

They are standing, the crowd is standing.

archived recording (al sharpton)

The father of Michael Brown from Ferguson, Missouri, will you stand?

caitlin dickerson

Wow. They’re all there.

manny fernandez


archived recording (al sharpton)

The father of Ahmaud Arbery, will you stand?

manny fernandez

And to have all of them there at this funeral, they know the pain of this more than anyone. And they have the right to be angrier than everyone else. And yet, here they are grieving with George Floyd’s family. And you realize that George Floyd is part of this family of victims that should not be a family.

archived recording (al sharpton)

All of these families came to stand with this family, because they know better than anyone else the pain they will suffer from the loss that they have gone through.

manny fernandez

So there was one moment when I think Sharpton pulled together these two strands of the man and the symbol of George Floyd.

archived recording (al sharpton)

God always uses unlikely people to do his will.

manny fernandez

And that was a moment when Sharpton was alluding to George Floyd’s arrest history.

archived recording (al sharpton)

If George Floyd had been an Ivy League school graduate and one of these ones with a long title, we would have been accused of reacting to his prominence. If he’d been a multimillionaire, they would have said that we were reacting to his wealth. If he had been a famous athlete, as he was on the trajectory to be, we would have said we were reacting to his fame. But God took an ordinary brother —

manny fernandez

And he was sort of talking about him as an ordinary —

archived recording (al sharpton)

— from the Third Ward —

manny fernandez

— imperfect person —

archived recording (al sharpton)

— from the housing projects —

manny fernandez

— from the Third Ward projects.

archived recording (al sharpton)

— that nobody thought much about but those that knew him and loved him. He took the rejected stone.

manny fernandez

And it was a very powerful moment where he called George Floyd a rejected stone, making a reference to scripture.

archived recording (al sharpton)

God took the rejected stone and made him the cornerstone of a movement that’s going to change the whole wide world. [APPLAUSE]

manny fernandez

And how those officers may have thought that nobody cared about a guy like that.

archived recording (al sharpton)

Oh, if you would have had any idea that all of us would react, you’d have took your knee off his neck.

manny fernandez

And obviously the world knows now that the world did care about somebody like that, and how he died and how he was treated.

archived recording (al sharpton)

If you had any idea that preachers white and black was going to line up in a pandemic when we were told to stay inside, and we’d come out and march in the streets at the risk of our health, you’d have took your knee off his neck. Because you thought his neck didn’t mean nothing. But God made his neck to connect his head to his body, and you had no right to put your knee on that neck.

manny fernandez

I think in the past, I think there has been this desire to only pay attention to sort of perfect victims, only to give attention to cases in which the person had this sort of holy life. And any brush with the law, no matter how many years ago, somehow was thought to taint how people viewed whatever police killing was in the news. And I think that shifted a little bit. And I see the difference in George Floyd.

archived recording (al sharpton)

Your family’s going to miss you, George. But your nation is going to remember your name.

manny fernandez

And Sharpton ended his remarks by touching on this idea that George Floyd was imperfect, and he still deserves the movement that was happening.

archived recording (al sharpton)

So we’re going to lay you to your mama now. You called for mama. We’re going to lay your body next to hers. But I know mama’s already embraced you, George. You fought a good fight. You kept the faith. You finished your course. Go on and get your rest now. Go on and see mama now. We’re going to fight on. We’re going to fight on. We’re going to fight on. We’re going to fight on. [ORGAN MUSIC]

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I’m going to speak to y’all real quick. I just want to say, man, that I got my shortcomings and my flaws, and I ain’t better than nobody else. But man, the shootings that’s going on man, I don’t care what hood you’re from man, where you’re at, man, I love you and God loves you, man. Put them guns down, man. That ain’t what it is. You know, we grow up this, man. And y’all hold y’all head up, man. You got parents out here selling plates, man, trying to bury their kids, man. Think about it, man. Love y’all.


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Here’s what else you need to know today. On Tuesday morning, President Trump endorsed a conspiracy theory that a 75-year-old man — who police were filmed pushing to the ground during a protest in Buffalo last week — had been using his cell phone to knock out law enforcement radios on behalf of the Antifa movement. In a tweet, the president offered no evidence of the theory but named a right wing news organization, One America News Network, in his tweet.

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Did you have a reaction to the president’s tweet early —

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I learned a long time ago not to comment on tweets, and I’m not going to break that —

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But they are official statements.

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Later in the day, Republican lawmakers and administration officials, including the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, dodged questions from reporters. The man who was injured in the incident, Martin Gugino, is still recovering in the hospital from a serious head injury. Meanwhile, a police officer in New York City was arrested and charged with assault on Tuesday after shoving a young woman to the ground, giving her a concussion, another scene that was filmed on a cell phone. And —

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This is wrong! This is America! Please, God, help us! I mean it! This is a crisis in our world to make us not exercise our right to vote!

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Five states held their primary elections on Tuesday, including Georgia, where a new voting system put into place in 2018 after claims of voter suppression experienced catastrophic meltdowns. State-ordered voting machines were said to be missing or malfunctioning, causing voters to wait in line for hours at polling places across the state. Some gave up and left before casting a vote. The problems were made worse by the coronavirus pandemic, which left fewer poll workers available than usual and added to wait times, because machines had to be disinfected. Predominantly black areas of Georgia experienced some of the worst obstacles to voting, raising concerns that the problems would further disenfranchise black voters.


That’s it for “The Daily.” I’m Caitlin Dickerson. See you tomorrow.

George Floyd, left, with Jonathan Veal and Milton Carney at a high school dance in 1992.

Now a time stamp in the prolonged history of violence against black people, Mr. Floyd’s killing has inspired people of every race to march in the streets and kneel, chanting “black lives matter” in hundreds of cities and small towns.

But Mr. Floyd, 46, was more than the nearly nine-minute graphic video of his death. He was more than the 16 utterances, captured in the recording, of some version of “I can’t breathe.”

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He was an outsize man who dreamed equally big, unswayed by the setbacks of his life.

Growing up in one of Houston’s poorest neighborhoods, he enjoyed a star turn as a basketball and football player, with three catches for 18 yards in a state championship game his junior year.

He was the first of his siblings to go to college, and he did so on an athletic scholarship. But he returned to Texas after a couple of years, and lost nearly a decade to arrests and incarcerations on mostly drug-related offenses. By the time he left his hometown for good a few years ago, moving 1,200 miles to Minneapolis for work, he was ready for a fresh start.

When he traveled to Houston in 2018 for his mother’s funeral — they died two years, one week apart — he told his family that Minneapolis had begun to feel like home. He had his mother’s name tattooed on his belly, a fact that was noted in his autopsy.

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Life in the Bricks

Mr. Floyd was born in Fayetteville, N.C., to George Perry and Larcenia Floyd. But he was really from a Houston neighborhood called the Bricks.

After his parents split up, his mother moved him and his siblings to Texas, where he grew up in the red brick world of Cuney Homes, a low-slung 564-unit public housing complex in Houston’s Third Ward that was named for Norris Wright Cuney, one of the most politically powerful black men in the state in the late 1800s.

Mr. Floyd’s mother — who was known as Cissy — was among the leaders of Cuney Homes and an active member of the resident council. She raised her own children and, at times, some of her grandchildren and some of her neighbors’ children, too.

As a child, Mr. Floyd was known in the Bricks as Perry, his middle name. As he grew, so, too, did his nicknames. He was Big Floyd, known as much for his big personality as his sense of humor.

Mr. Floyd’s height — he was more than six feet tall in middle school — created a kind of mystique.

“You can just imagine this tall kid as a freshman in high school walking the hallways. We were like, ‘Man, who is that guy?’ He was a jokester, always laughing and cracking jokes,” said Herbert Mouton, 45, who played on the Yates high school football team with Mr. Floyd. “We were talking the other day with classmates trying to think, ‘Had Floyd even ever had a fight before?’ And we couldn’t recall it.”

Mr. Mouton said that after the loss of a big game, Mr. Floyd would let the team sulk for a few minutes before telling a joke to lighten the mood. “He never wanted us to feel bad for too long,” he said.


Mr. Floyd in a classroom at Jack Yates High School in Houston. He was a celebrated football and basketball athlete.

Mr. Floyd saw sports as the path out of the Bricks. And so he leaned into his size and athletic prowess in a sports-obsessed state. As a tight end, Mr. Floyd helped power his football team to the state championship game in 1992.

In one exhilarating moment that was captured on video — and circulated after his death — Mr. Floyd soars above an opponent in the end zone to catch a touchdown pass.

After graduating from high school, Mr. Floyd left Texas on a basketball scholarship to South Florida Community College (now South Florida State College).

“I was looking for a power forward and he fit the bill. He was athletic and I liked the way he handled the ball,” said George Walker, who recruited Mr. Floyd. “He was a starter and scored 12 to 14 points and seven to eight rebounds.”

Mr. Floyd transferred two years later, in 1995, to Texas A&M University’s Kingsville campus, but he did not stay long. He returned home to Houston — and to the Third Ward — without a degree.

Known locally as the Tré, the Third Ward, south of downtown, is among the city’s historic black neighborhoods, and it has been featured in the music of one of the most famous people to grow up there, Beyoncé.

At times, life in the Bricks was unforgiving. Poverty, drugs, gangs and violence scarred many Third Ward families. Several of Mr. Floyd’s classmates did not live past their 20s.

Soon after returning, Mr. Floyd started rapping. He appeared as Big Floyd on mixtapes created by DJ Screw, a fixture in Houston’s hip-hop scene in the 1990s. His voice deep, his rhymes purposefully delivered at a slow-motion clip, Mr. Floyd rapped about “choppin’ blades” — driving cars with oversize rims — and his Third Ward pride.

For about a decade starting in his early 20s, Mr. Floyd had a string of arrests in Houston, according to court and police records. One of those arrests, for a $10 drug deal in 2004, cost him 10 months in a state jail.

Four years later, Mr. Floyd pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and spent four years in prison. He was released in 2013 and returned home again — this time to begin the long, hard work of trying to turn his life around, using his missteps as a lesson for others.

Stephen Jackson, a retired professional basketball player from Port Arthur, Texas, met Mr. Floyd a year or two before Mr. Jackson joined the N.B.A. They had sports in common, Mr. Jackson said, but they also looked alike — enough to call each other “twin” as a term of endearment.

“I tell people all the time, the only difference between me and George Floyd, the only difference between me and my twin, the only difference between me and Georgie, is the fact that I had more opportunities,” he said, later adding, “If George would have had more opportunities, he might have been a pro athlete in two sports.”

Veronica DeBoest said Mr. Floyd’s mother, Larcenia Floyd, was one of the leaders of the Cuney Homes housing complex. Credit…Michael Starghill Jr. for The New York Times

After prison, Mr. Floyd became even more committed to his church. Inspired by a daughter, Gianna Floyd, born after he was released, Mr. Floyd spent a lot of time at Resurrection Houston, a church that holds many of its services on the basketball court in the middle of Cuney Homes. He would set up chairs and drag out to the center of the court the service’s main attraction — the baptism tub.

“We’d baptize people on the court and we’ve got this big old horse trough. And he’d drag that thing by himself onto that court,” said Patrick Ngwolo, a lawyer and pastor of Resurrection Houston, who described Mr. Floyd as a father figure for younger community residents.

Eventually, Mr. Floyd became involved in a Christian program with a history of taking men to Minnesota from the Third Ward and providing them with drug rehabilitation and job placement services.

“When you say, ‘I’m going to Minnesota,’ everybody knows you’re going to this church-work program out of Minnesota,” Mr. Ngwolo said, “and you’re getting out of this environment.”

His move would be a fresh start, Mr. Ngwolo said, his story one of redemption.


In a baby book for Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, is a photo of the two of them together.Credit…Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

A Protector of People

In Minnesota, Mr. Floyd lived in a red clapboard duplex with two roommates on the eastern edge of St. Louis Park, a leafy, gentrifying Minneapolis suburb.

Beginning sometime in 2017, he worked as a security guard at the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center, a downtown homeless shelter and transitional housing facility. The staff members got to know Mr. Floyd as someone with a steady temperament, whose instinct to protect employees included walking them to their cars.

“It takes a special person to work in the shelter environment,” said Brian Molohon, executive director of development at the Salvation Army Northern Division. “Every day you are bombarded with heartache and brokenness.”

Even as Mr. Floyd settled into his position, he looked for other jobs. While working at the Salvation Army, he answered a job ad for a bouncer at Conga Latin Bistro, a restaurant and dance club.

Jovanni Thunstrom, the owner, said Mr. Floyd quickly became part of the work family. He came in early and left late. And though he tried, he never quite mastered salsa dancing.

“Right away I liked his attitude,” said Mr. Thunstrom, who was also Mr. Floyd’s landlord. “He would shake your hand with both hands. He would bend down to greet you.”

Mr. Floyd kept a Bible by his bed. Often, he read it aloud. And despite his height, Mr. Floyd would fold himself in the hallway to frequently pray with Theresa Scott, one of his roommates.

“He had this real cool way of talking. His voice reminded me of Ray Charles. He’d talk fast and he was so soft-spoken,” said Alvin Manago, 55, who met Mr. Floyd at a 2016 softball game. They bonded instantly and became roommates. “He had this low-pitched bass. You had to get used to his accent to understand him. He’d say, ‘Right-on, right-on, right-on.’”

Mr. Floyd spent the final weeks of his life recovering from the coronavirus, which he learned he had in early April. After he was better, he started spending more time with his girlfriend, and he had not seen his roommates in a few weeks, Mr. Manago said.

Like millions of people, his roommates in the city that was to be his fresh start watched the video that captured Mr. Floyd taking his last breaths. They heard him call out for his late mother — “Mama! Mama!”

On Tuesday morning, 15 days after that anguished cry, Mr. Floyd will be laid to rest beside her.

Thousands of protesters gathered near the White House on Saturday to protest the killing of Mr. Floyd. Credit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Manny Fernandez reported from Houston and Audra D. S. Burch from Hollywood, Fla. Contributing reporting were Marc Stein from Dallas, Erica L. Green from Washington, and Dionne Searcey and Matt Furber from Minneapolis. Susan Beachy contributed research.

Manny Fernandez is the Houston bureau chief, covering Texas and Oklahoma. He joined The Times as a Metro reporter in 2005, covering the Bronx and housing. He previously worked for The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle. @mannyNYT

A version of this article appears in print on June 9, 2020, Section A, Page 1 of the New York edition with the headline: Man of Outsize Dreams Stirred a Movement With Final Breaths.

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United States 2,103,926 6,384 647,309 116,795
Brazil 832,866 3,941 427,610 42,055
Russia 520,129 3,544 274,641 6,829
India 308,993 227 154,330 8,884
United Kingdom 294,375 4,431 41,662
Spain 243,605 5,172 150,376 27,136
Italy 236,651 3,928 174,865 34,301
Peru 220,749 6,870 107,133 6,308
Germany 187,388 2,254 171,897 8,866
Iran 184,955 2,220 146,748 8,730
Turkey 176,677 2,125 150,087 4,792
Chile 167,355 8,759 3,101
France 156,813 2,338 72,808 29,389
Mexico 139,196 1,100 101,767 16,448
Pakistan 132,405 604 50,056 2,551
Saudi Arabia 123,308 3,604 82,548 932
Canada 98,373 2,590 59,334 8,106
Bangladesh 84,379 501 17,827 1,139
Mainland China 83,075 59 78,367 4,634
Qatar 78,416 28,543 55,252 70
South Africa 65,736 1,118 36,850 1,423
Belgium 59,918 5,199 16,547 9,650
Belarus 53,241 5,656 29,111 303
Sweden 50,931 4,929 4,874
Netherlands 48,640 2,787 6,057
Colombia 46,858 949 18,715 1,545
Ecuador 45,778 2,622 4,600 3,828
Egypt 42,980 429 11,529 1,484
United Arab Emirates 41,990 4,246 26,761 288
Singapore 40,197 7,048 28,808 26
Indonesia 37,420 140 13,776 2,091
Portugal 36,463 3,548 22,438 1,512
Kuwait 35,466 8,024 25,882 289
Switzerland 31,094 3,621 28,800 1,677
Ukraine 30,506 728 13,976 880
Poland 29,017 756 14,104 1,237
Argentina 28,751 640 8,730 785
Philippines 25,392 234 5,706 1,074
Ireland 25,295 5,140 23,213 1,705
Afghanistan 24,102 748 4,201 451
Dominican Republic 22,572 2,179 13,084 577
Romania 21,679 1,117 15,635 1,394
Panama 19,211 4,554 13,759 421
Iraq 18,950 484 7,515 549
Israel 18,876 2,056 15,319 300
Japan 17,382 138 15,580 924
Austria 17,078 1,918 16,012 677
Bolivia 16,929 1,476 2,431 559
Nigeria 15,181 74 4,891 399
Algeria 10,810 251 7,420 760
Honduras 8,132 888 844 306
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The Endless Call

Demands for racial equity and justice have always been part of the American story.

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By David Montgomery    June 11, 2020

Ninety-nine years ago, in Tulsa, white mobs torched the black side of town and killed as many as 300 residents, with the tacit support of some in law enforcement, in one of the worst spasms of racial violence in American history. Last month in Minneapolis, George Floyd died with a police officer’s knee pressed to his neck, just days ahead of the May 31-June 1 anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Those two episodes bookend nearly a century in which civil rights progress has been fitful, hard-fought and unfinished. Across 10 decades, from Tulsa to today — against a backdrop of lynching and cross burning, more recently replaced by police chokeholds and vigilante gunshots, amid the subtler violence of systemic racism — voices have been raised in protest and defiance.

Words spoken in times of uplift or assault, hope or despair, can crystallize a moment or a movement: I have a dream. … Black Power. … I can’t breathe. Black Lives Matter. The voices collected here elaborate and extend the mantras, such as Langston Hughes versifying his insistence that America live up to its myth, and James Baldwin defining protest as a duty.

But how many other voices have been lost? For a long time the Tulsa massacre was barely mentioned in history books. The account of eyewitness B.C. Franklin quoted here surfaced only in 2015. Today it’s harder for people and events to be ignored because another phrase from protests past — The whole world is watching — has literally come true, thanks to the cameras in every potential witness’s pocket. The recent demonstrations were sparked by a bystander’s video of George Floyd’s death — and they have ended up generating more evidence of excessive force used by police against demonstrators in Washington, Buffalo, Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta.

The images presented here, photographed in late May and early June, capture the passion, anger and hope of new voices demanding to be heard. The raised fists communicate as directly as the cardboard signs — hand-lettered with yet more indelible words — while the fleeting tears of a young demonstrator and the warm embrace of comrade marchers speak of the vulnerability and pain at the root of any protest.

Washington, D.C., June 2. (Photo by Kian Kelley-Chung, son of André Chung, who took the photo at top)

Paris, June 6. (Photo by Peter Turnley)

Houston, June 2. (Photo by Greg Noire)

The juxtaposition of the historic voices and contemporary images underscores how much work is left to be done. Read in the context of today’s clamors for justice, the decades-old diagnoses and laments sound remarkably — and wrenchingly — fresh and relevant. That those dreams remain unfulfilled speaks to an American futility and systemic failure. Seen in that light, the images of today become part of the canon of timeless illustrations documenting the unfinished struggle.

The killing of George Floyd offers yet another tragic opportunity to continue an erratic process of change begun long ago. No one can say if this time will be different. All we can know is that these voices echoing from the past put their faith in the future — and that these demonstrators insist that the future is now.

Minneapolis, May 28. (Photo by Joshua Lott for The Washington Post)

For fully forty eight hours, the fires raged and burned everything in its path and it left nothing but ashes and burned safes and trunks and the like where once stood beautiful homes and business houses. And so proud, rich, black Tulsa was destroyed by fire — that is its buildings and property; but its spirit was neither killed nor daunted.

B.C. Franklin, a black lawyer who witnessed a white mob’s attack on the black section of Tulsa in 1921

Atlanta, June 7. (Photo by Sheila Pree Bright)

Let America be America again.

Let it be the dream it used to be.

Let it be the pioneer on the plain

Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

From the poem “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes, 1936

Miami, May 30. (Photos by Jonathan Frydman)

Seattle, June 8. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Though I have found no Negroes who want to see the United Nations lose this war, I have found many who, before the war ends, want to see the stuffing knocked out of white supremacy and of empire over subject peoples. American Negroes, involved as we are in the general issues of the conflict, are confronted not with a choice but with the challenge both to win democracy for ourselves at home and to help win the war for democracy the world over.

  1. Philip Randolph, union leader and civil rights organizer, calling for an end to discrimination in defense jobs and the military, 1942

Tucson, May 30. (Photo by Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star/AP)

I had been pushed around all my life and felt at this moment that I couldn’t take it anymore. When I asked the policeman why we had to be pushed around? He said he didn’t know. “The law is the law. You are under arrest.”

Rosa Parks, from her handwritten account of refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955

Atlanta, May 31. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

I love America more than any other country in the world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.

James Baldwin, from “Notes of a Native Son,” 1955

Minneapolis, June 3. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

No, I’m not an American. I’m one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the 22 million black people who are the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So, I’m not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag saluter, or a flag waver — no, not I. I’m speaking as a victim of this American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don’t see any American Dream; I see an American nightmare.

Malcolm X, from a speech in Cleveland, 1964

Portland, Ore., June 2. (Photo by Andrew Wallner)

See, it’s time for America to wake up and know that we’re not going to tolerate — we’re not begging anymore. And I’m not going to say it’s not any more of us going to die, because I’m never sure when I leave home whether I’ll get back home or not. But if I fall while I’m in Kentucky, I’ll fall five feet and four inches forward for freedom, and I’m not backing off it. And nobody will have to cover the ground that I walk on as far as freedom is concerned because I know as well as you should know that no man is an island to himself, and until I’m free in Mississippi, you’re not free in no other place.

Fannie Lou Hamer, from a speech in Kentucky, 1968

New York, June 5. (Photos by Celeste Sloman)

Let me speak of a recent, a very recent black dream: The waiting for the Messiah, some leader. Now nobody — Martin Luther King did not tell Rosa Parks to stay in her seat. That came first. Then he came. She just didn’t move. We didn’t used to have to wait for the word. And the history of black people in this country is those people who got up and moved, all over this country.

Toni Morrison, from a speech in Portland, Ore., 1975

Atlanta, June 2. (Photo by Lynsey Weatherspoon)

We imagined a more humane future, but we also risked our very lives to defeat racism and U.S. military aggression against Southeast Asia. Now, it is your turn to imagine a more humane future — a future of justice, equality and peace. And if you wish to fulfill your dreams, which remain the dreams of my generation as well, you must also stand up and speak out against war, against joblessness and against racism.

Angela Davis, from a commencement address to the Berkeley High School graduating class, 1983

Brooklyn, June 2. (Photo by Yunghi Kim/Contact Press Images)

What happened in Los Angeles in April of 1992 was neither a race riot nor a class rebellion. Rather, this monumental upheaval was a multiracial, trans-class, and largely male display of justified social rage. For all its ugly, xenophobic resentment, its air of adolescent carnival, and its downright barbaric behavior, it signified the sense of powerlessness in American society.

Cornel West, from “Race Matters,” on the reaction to the acquittal of white police officers in the beating of Rodney King, 1993

New York, June 1. (Photo by Jelani Rice)

This is where we are right now. It’s a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years. … But I have asserted a firm conviction, a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people, that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds and that, in fact, we have no choice — we have no choice if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.

Barack Obama, from a speech on race during the 2008 presidential campaign

Washington, D.C., June 3. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein for The Washington Post)

We know how to be racist. We know how to pretend to be not racist. Now let’s know how to be antiracist.

Ibram X. Kendi, from “How to Be an Antiracist,” 2019

Minneapolis, June 7. (Photo by Russell Frederick)

I came to this city in 1955, which was the year that the body of Emmett Till was found in a body of water in Mississippi, same year that Rosa Parks refused to give up the back seat on the bus. … Since that time, I have seen any number of struggles against racism, and they have all ended up with relatively little outcome. So the question is valid, it’s a reasonable question: Is this going to be just like so many other movements, a moment of anger and rage and then back to business as usual? … [But] his death did not simply start a bunch of good speeches, a bunch of tributes. Out of his death has come a movement, a worldwide movement. And that movement is not going to stop after two weeks, three weeks, a month. That movement is going to change the world.

Rev. William A. Lawson, pastor emeritus of Houston’s Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, from his address at the funeral for George Floyd, Houston, June 9, 2020  David Montgomery   David Montgomery writes general features, profiles and arts stories for the Washington Post Magazine, including pieces on the Latino community. He joined The Washington Post in 1993 and has covered Prince George’s County, politics in Maryland and life in the District.       About this story  Design by Christian Font. Photo editing by Dudley M. Brooks. Audio editing by Linah Mohammad.                                                       Go to the top

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PBS News: June 4 – 9, 2020, PBS NewsHour Presents ‘Race Matters: America in Crisis’, and #WashWeekPBS Extra – How will nationwide protests affect the 2020 election?

 CNN: Senate GOP dodges over Trump’s baseless Buffalo protester tweet

 The New York Times: The Morning, June 5 & 8, 2020

 Amanpour and Company: Antifa – Terrorist Group or Trump Scapegoat?

 TEDx Talks: Black murder is normal | Michael Smith | TEDxJacksonville

 Doctor Mike Hansen: Lung Doctor Analyzes George Floyd Autopsy Report (MEDICAL EXPLANATION)

 TED Talks: Baratunde Thurston How to deconstruct racism one headline at a time

Colossal: From Minneapolis to Syria, Artists Are Honoring George Floyd Through Murals and Public Artworks, A Bold Black Lives Matter Statement Transforms a Street Leading to the White House in Washington D.C., and A 20,000-Square-Foot Tribute to Healthcare Workers Emerges at Queens Museum

PBS NewsHour full episode, June 9, 2020


Jun 9, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Tuesday on the NewsHour, George Floyd is laid to rest in Houston, but protests against police violence — and demands for change — go on. Plus: Race relations in the U.S. military, the experiences of black journalists covering protests of racism, Republicans attack the integrity of voting by mail, how Vietnam has contained the coronavirus and the pandemic’s effect on the global film industry. Support your local PBS station here: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS ‘He’s gonna change the world’: George Floyd laid to rest… News Wrap: UN General Assembly won’t convene in September… Why military hasn’t made more progress on overcoming racism… Coverage of protests illuminates journalism’s race problem… The truth about vote-by-mail and fraud… How Vietnam’s authoritarian government contained COVID-19… How pandemic has put film industry in ‘state of paralysis’… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour full episode, June 8, 2020

Jun 8, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Monday on the NewsHour, protests of police violence against black Americans continue to echo across the U.S., prompting calls for major policy changes. Plus: What defunding the police would mean, Sen. Cory Booker on police reform, risks for mail carriers and delivery workers amid the pandemic, how dangerous are mass protests for virus spread and Politics Monday with Amy Walter and Tamara Keith. Support your local PBS station here: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS 2 weeks after Floyd’s death, Americans are still protesting… News Wrap: New York City begins gradual reopening… 2 views on the future of American policing… Cory Booker on how the U.S. should reform policing… Pandemic boosts labor, risks for mail and delivery workers… A ‘risk-based decision’ about protesting during a pandemic… Tamara Keith and Amy Walter on protest political pressure… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode June 7, 2020

Jun 7, 2020  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Sunday, June 7, demands for justice for George Floyd’s killing and calls for police reform grow as massive protests continue across the U.S. and the world. Also, San Francisco considers a resolution to prohibit hiring police officers with a misconduct record. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode June 6, 2020

Jun 6, 2020  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Saturday, June 6, a memorial service was held for George Floyd in the North Carolina town where he was born, and as protests continued in the U.S. thousands of demonstrators around the world took to the streets to rally against police brutality and systemic racism. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour full episode, June 5, 2020

Jun 5, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Friday on the NewsHour, another tumultuous week in the U.S. comes to a close with some signs of economic progress — but continued unrest over racism and police use of force. Plus: What May jobs numbers could mean for the pandemic economy, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles on protests and policing, the analysis of Mark Shields and David Brooks and remembering five more people killed by COVID-19. Support your local PBS station here: WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Trump criticized for invoking George Floyd in jobs remarks… News Wrap: WHO urges continued use of face masks worldwide… Do May jobs numbers indicate economic recovery has begun?… Mayor Garcetti on changing, but not eliminating, the police… Shields and Brooks on race in America, Trump’s response… Stories of 5 coronavirus victims in the U.S.… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour full episode, June 4, 2020

Jun 4, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Thursday on the NewsHour, predominantly peaceful protests continue across America despite occasional use of force by police and the presence of National Guard troops, and memorial services begin for George Floyd. Also: Former military leaders push back on President Trump’s rhetoric, Hong Kong protesters defy bans on gathering, why work from home could be devastating for real estate and more. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Mourners remember George Floyd as Trump draws pushback… New York protesters say they want change from ‘daily fear’… Bowser questions Trump’s legal ability to call troops to DC… ‘Armed forces exist to protect,’ not police communities… News Wrap: Virginia taking down Robert E. Lee statue… At banned vigil, Hong Kong protesters rally for freedoms… American skyscrapers face uncertain future amid coronavirus… Coronavirus is taste of what poor Americans ‘feel every day’… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

WATCH LIVE: PBS NewsHour Presents ‘Race Matters: America in Crisis’

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“Race Matters: America in Crisis, A PBS NewsHour Special” will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on Friday, June 5, 2020, from 9 to 10 p.m. ET. “Race Matters: America in Crisis” will focus on the frustration pouring out onto American streets, and outrage about police brutality. It will also explore America’s deep systemic racial disparities in education, the criminal justice system, the economy and health care, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will also include grassroots voices from around the country and roundtable conversations with thought leaders, newsmakers and experts. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

#WashWeekPBS Extra: How will nationwide protests affect the 2020 election?

Jun 5, 2020  Washington Week

The panel continued the conversation on the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd, and discussed the potential relocation of the 2020 Republican National Convention from Charlotte, North Carolina. Panel: Jonathan Martin of The New York Times, Amna Nawaz of the PBS NewsHour, Paula Reid of CBS News, Pierre Thomas of ABC News Watch the latest full show and Extra here: Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook:

Senate GOP dodges over Trump’s baseless Buffalo protester tweet

Jun 9, 2020  CNN

A number of Republican senators dodged questions or were silent when pressed for reaction after President Donald Trump suggested without evidence that a 75-year-old man who was seriously injured after being shoved by police officers in Buffalo, New York, last week, may have been part of a “set up.” In an unsubstantiated claim, the President tweeted, “Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?” At a news conference following a Republican policy lunch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky refused to say whether Trump’s tweet was appropriate. CNN pressed him twice, and he instead pointed to the work led by GOP Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina to try to put together a police reform package. #Trump #CNN #News

The New York Times     The Morning     June 8, 2020
Good morning. Minneapolis plans to dismantle its police force. New York City is starting to reopen. And Tropical Storm Cristobal has made landfall. Let’s start with a look at false reports from the police.

 When the police lie

By David Leonhardt

Martin Gugino, a 75-year-old protester, lays on the ground after he was shoved by two police officers in Buffalo, New York.Jamie Quinn, via Reuters
An encounter in Buffalo last Thursday — in which two police officers shoved a 75-year-old man to the ground and left lying him there while blood poured out of his ear — was troubling partly because of the original police account.
The account claimed that the man “was injured when he tripped and fell.” If a video hadn’t existed, the truth might never have come out.
That’s a widespread problem:
Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University, who has analyzed thousands of police reports, told CNN that lies like these were fairly common.
Activists in the current protest movement have begun to focus on how they can turn the rallies of the past 10 days into lasting change, to reduce both racism and police brutality. And reducing the frequency of false reports by the police is likely to be a key issue.
Already, reform-minded prosecutors and police chiefs have taken some steps in the last few years. The top prosecutor in St. Louis, Kim Gardner, has stopped accepting new cases or search warrant requests from officers with a history of misconduct or lies. In Philadelphia and Seattle, prosecutors are creating similar “do not call” lists, The Marshall Project has reported.
Chris Magnus, the police chief in Tucson, Ariz., told the Marshall Project: “If I had my way, officers who lie wouldn’t just be put on a list, they’d be fired, and also not allowed to work in any other jurisdiction as a police officer ever again.” Often, though, police-union contracts prevent firing even officers with a record of brutality and dishonesty — which then casts a shadow over the many police officers who tell the truth.
(The Times published an investigation this weekend, explaining how police unions have amassed political power and blocked change.)
False police reports are not a new problem. What’s new are the videos that have caused people to realize how common they are. “When I was a reporter, it was the police officer’s word against the victim’s or suspect’s,” Jamie Stockwell, a deputy national editor at The Times, told me. “Cellphone video has changed the debate over policing.”
1. Minneapolis to rethink policing
The Minneapolis City Council pledged yesterday to dismantle the Police Department. Council members said that they did not yet have specific plans for a new public safety system and would study models being tested in other cities.
It is the biggest response to the protests so far. In New York and Los Angeles, city officials have vowed to shrink police budgets in coming months.
In other protest developments:
  • Democrats in Congress plan to unveil legislation today that would make it easier to prosecute police misconduct and recover damages from officers who violated people’s constitutional rights.
2. New York emerges from its virus lockdown

Closed Brooklyn businesses ln April.Spencer Platt/Getty Images
New York City will take the first steps toward reopening today, a moment of optimism in a city battered by the coronavirus. Nonessential construction and manufacturing can resume, and retail stores can open for pickup. As many as 400,000 workers could return to their jobs.
The milestone comes 100 days after the city reported its first case. Since then, more than 211,000 residents have been infected and more than 21,000 have died. The confirmed infection rate has dropped sharply since the peak in mid-April.
In other virus developments:
3. Distance learning isn’t working
Education experts believe that distance learning in most school districts is not working and that students are falling behind at alarming rates. “We know this isn’t a good way to teach,” a seventh-grade teacher in Colorado said. Black, Hispanic and low-income students are falling behind the fastest, research suggests.
“The richest and poorest parents are spending about the same amount of hours on remote school,” Dana Goldstein, a Times reporter who has written a book on teaching, told us. But “wealthier parents are inevitably able to provide more books and supplies at home, more quiet space, educational toys and often more knowledge of the curriculum.” More high-income school districts are also providing strong remote instruction, rather than basic worksheet-like activities.
Here’s what else is happening

Lake Pontchartrain’s Orleans Harbor in New Orleans on Sunday, as Tropical Storm Cristobal approaches the Louisiana Coast.Gerald Herbert/Associated Press
  • Tropical Storm Cristobal made landfall in southeast Louisiana yesterday, hours after pouring several inches of rain on the New Orleans area. The storm is expected to head north to Arkansas and Missouri by Tuesday.
  • James Bennet, the editorial page editor of The Times, has resigned over the publication of an Op-Ed by Senator Tom Cotton last week that called for the military to crack down on “lawbreakers” in the protests. (Ben Smith, The Times’s media columnist, looked at the revolts inside the country’s big newsrooms.)
  • Lives lived: It was the late 1970s, and the hip-hop scene was just emerging. Robert Ford Jr., better known as Rocky, was there to chronicle it as a journalist and then promote it as a producer and mentor to early stars like Kurtis Blow. Ford’s breakout record? A Christmas single. He has died at 70.
Four years ago, Kurt Streeter — then an ESPN writer — published a profile of Nate Boyer, an unusual football player. Boyer was homeless as a young man and later served in the Army as a Green Beret, in both Afghanistan and Iraq. For the Seattle Seahawks, he was the long-snapper, who played only on some kicks.
Boyer’s place in football history, however, won’t be about what he did on the field. It will be about the fact that he gave Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid the idea to protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Boyer, who’s white, said he would never kneel during the anthem. But he thought it was a symbol of reverence and had seen a photo of Martin Luther King Jr. protesting in Alabama by kneeling.
“If you’re not going to stand,” Boyer remembers telling Kaepernick and Reid, as the three of them sat in a hotel lobby, hours before a game in 2016, “I’d say your only other option is to take a knee.”
Kurt has since left ESPN for The Times, and he has written an article about how kneeling spread from the N.F.L. to the recent protests. Boyer’s comments are a fascinating part of the story — and a reminder of why journalists often make an effort to keep in touch with people they’ve interviewed.

Antifa: Terrorist Group or Trump Scapegoat? | Amanpour and Company

Jun 4, 2020 Amanpour and Company

For protests that turned violent, President Trump blames the far left, and saying he wants to designate Antifa – short for ‘Anti-Fascists’ – as a terrorist organization. But activist and Occupy Wall Street organizer Mark Bray hits back in a piece for the Washington Post. Bray joins Michel Martin to explain why he believes Trump’s bluster is a diversionary tactic. Originally aired on June 4, 2020. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Subscribe to the Amanpour and Company. channel here: For more from Amanpour and Company, including full episodes, click here: Like Amanpour and Company on Facebook: Follow Amanpour and Company on Twitter: Watch Amanpour and Company weekdays on PBS (check local listings). Amanpour and Company features wide-ranging, in-depth conversations with global thought leaders and cultural influencers on the issues and trends impacting the world each day, from politics, business and technology to arts, science and sports. Christiane Amanpour leads the conversation on global and domestic news from London with contributions by prominent journalists Walter Isaacson, Michel Martin, Alicia Menendez and Hari Sreenivasan from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. #amanpourpbs

Black murder is normal | Michael Smith | TEDxJacksonville

Jan 6, 2015  TEDx Talks

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this Talk, Pastor Michael T. Smith argues that the “normalcy” of black murder is engrained in our American culture. Indeed, the idea that a black American would be involved in a homicide—either as perpetrator or victim—is so broadly accepted as to be largely unnoticed. Smith exposes the racism that underlies the appalling lack of outrage at high death rates in the black community, and highlights the hypocrisy of a society that glamorizes violence, but ignores its victims. “It doesn’t take action to keep racism going,” Smith observes, “it takes inaction.” About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Lung Doctor Analyzes George Floyd Autopsy Report (MEDICAL EXPLANATION)

Jun 3, 2020  Doctor Mike Hansen

Lung Doctor Analyzes George Floyd Autopsy Report (MEDICAL EXPLANATION) Let’s be clear..we’ve all seen the video by now. It’s obvious that these police officers killed George Floyd. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner, and the independent medical examiner hired by the family of George Floyd, Dr. Michael Baden, have concluded that his death was a homicide….but their opinion differs on the cause of death. But if both of them declared that his death was a homicide, does the cause of death really matter? (YES). I want justice for George Floyd, and that is why I’m making this video, because the medical explanation for his cause of death, is not a simple explanation. As a lung doctor, part of my job is to figure out why people can’t breathe. As an intensive care doctor, part of my job is to care for people who are on the brink of death. Like when someone can’t breathe. So when someone dies of asphyxia, as is the case of George Floyd, the determination of the cause of death is dependent on information elicited based on the investigation, which includes, the deceased personal medical history namely, autopsy, and crime scene investigation, which of course includes video evidence. Asphyxia is a Greek term that translates to “loss of pulse.” Mechanical asphyxia involves some physical force or physical abnormality that interferes with the uptake and/or delivery of oxygen. With asphyxia, the brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, and when the pons and the medulla aren’t getting enough oxygen, they can no longer function. This means they can no longer tell the diaphragm to contract, and breathing then stops. While this happens, the heart is also not getting enough oxygen, and typically the heart pumps slower and slower until it stops. Prolonged continuous application of extreme pressure on the thorax, such as with the bodyweight of several officers, is capable of causing death. This is important, because this contributed to the death of George Floyd, in addition to the knee to the neck. The neck contains our airway, the trachea, and it also contains carotid and vertebral arteries and jugular veins. The arteries here deliver oxygenated blood to the brain, while the jugular veins allow the deoxygenated blood to flow back to the heart. So what happens when pressure is placed on the neck? Well, it depends, on a lot of different factors (amount and duration of pressure, etc). And looking at the George Floyd video, he was unconscious for more than 2 minutes with the knee still on his neck. There’s no doubt, that during this time, he took his last breath, and right around the same time, lost his pulse. By the time the EMS guy checks his pulse, I highly doubt he actually felt a pulse, because it was more than two minutes after George lost consciousness. It was obvious that when they moved George onto the stretcher, he was completely limp because he was dead. And it wasn’t until much later, did they start CPR, in the ambulance. Now let’s get to what the medical examiners had to say about this case. Dr. Michael Baden, who did the independent autopsy says Floyd died of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure when his back and neck were compressed, with the neck pressure cutting off blood flow to his brain.” I agree with that assessment. I would also add that partial compression of the trachea, causing airway compromise, was also possible. The weight on George’s back made the work of breathing much harder for his diaphragm, and the neck pressure at the very least meant less blood (and thus oxygen) was being delivered to his brain, and less carbon dioxide could be removed from his brain. After a while, the diaphragm becomes fatigued, and no longer has the strength to contract, which means the lungs can’t get oxygen into the blood, and can’t get carbon dioxide out of the blood. And all of this caused him to lose consciousness. And probably within seconds, he lost a pulse. And despite losing consciousness, and despite losing a pulse, they continued to apply pressure on the neck, and put their weight on his back. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said that the cause of death is “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” This statement doesn’t really make sense to me. But the Hennepin County release also says heart disease was an issue; the independent examiner didn’t find that. The county said that fentanyl and methamphetamine use were among “significant conditions,” but its report didn’t say how much of either drug was in Floyd’s system or how that may have contributed. But Dr. Michael Baden got it right. – Doctor Mike Hansen

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The New York Times     The Morning     June 5, 2020
By David Leonhardt
Good morning. Mourners remembered George Floyd. Virus data shows an encouraging trend. Let’s start with a look at police departments that have made changes.
Where police reform has worked

Police recruits at the San Francisco Police Academy in San Francisco.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
It can often feel like nothing changes with police killings. Gruesome, high-profile cases keep coming — Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, now Manuel Ellis — and the annual number of killings nationwide remains at about 1,100.
In several big cities, however, things have changed. Police departments have adopted new policies, and, while problems remain, the number of shootings and deaths have fallen significantly.
It’s happened in Los Angeles, where fatal police shootings have declined in each of the last four years, down to 12 last year. It’s happened in San Francisco. And it’s happened in Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia and Phoenix, Samuel Sinyangwe, a data scientist and activist, writes for FiveThirtyEight. “Many of these reforms were initiated in response to protests and public outcry over high-profile deaths,” he adds.
The changes often revolve around training officers to de-escalate situations and reduce the amount of force they use. Tougher measures to get rid of violent officers also seem to help. Hiring more police officers sometimes helps as well, research shows. “Overstressed, overtired officers working too many shifts generate more complaints of excessive force,” Vox’s Matthew Yglesias notes.
The most sweeping proposals to emerge in recent days, like defunding the police, are unlikely to attract broad political support. Many Americans feel positively toward the police, as David Byler of The Washington Post points out — although there are large gaps by race.
Still, most Americans also say that the police have a racism problem, and most favor reforms, such as body cameras and outside investigations of misconduct. Drew Linzer of the polling firm Civiqs notes that support for the Black Lives Matter movement surged in recent days to almost 50 percent, “the highest it has ever been in over three years of polling.”
All of which points to some common political ground on police reform. “The problem is not that we lack a playbook for fixing the police,” a former police commissioner in Philadelphia and three other experts write for the Times Opinion section. “We have one. The problem is that we have not successfully followed the one we have.” Barack Obama posted a Twitter thread last night making similar points.
Why hasn’t reform worked in Minneapolis? The police department “failed to set clear criteria on the use of force and de-escalation,” Jamiles Lartey and Simone Weichselbaum of The Marshall Project report. The department also failed to “weed out bad cops” and “continued to use choke holds.”
1.              Remembering George Floyd


Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times
memorial service on Thursday for George Floyd was by turns personal and political, celebrating both the life he had lived and the movement that his death has inspired. Floyd’s brother Philonise recalled playing football and eating banana-and-mayonnaise sandwiches; one of his cousins, Shareeduh Tate, said, “The thing I miss most about him is his hugs.”
In a defiant eulogy, the Rev. Al Sharpton said: “George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folks. Because ever since 401 years ago, the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck.” Later, with the crowd rising, he added, “It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks.’”
More developments from the protests:
2. Some good news on the virus
If you look at one of the charts tracking the coronavirus in the U.S., you’ll probably notice a disturbing pattern: The number of new cases has virtually stopped falling, hovering around 20,000 for the past 10 days.
But the actual trend may be more encouraging. The number of tests being conducted has been rising rapidly in recent weeks — which means more virus cases are being uncovered than otherwise would have been. Another key measure is the percentage of tests that come back positive (as Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight has argued), and it has continued to decline:

By The New York Times | Source: The COVID Tracking Project
Taken together, the various measures suggest that the virus’s spread continues to slow — but only modestly and not as rapidly as in some other countries.
3. An economic burden for women
The lockdown has already created burdens for mothers. They have taken on a disproportionate share of day care, home schooling and housework, research has shown. Now the reopening of many workplaces may cause a new set of problems.
The lack of child care options — with day care centers, camps and schools closed — may force women out of the labor force to take care of their children. And even temporary time away from a job often brings permanent costs, in terms of missed promotions and opportunities, as Patricia Cohen and Tiffany Hsu of The Times explain. “The limited gains made in the past decades are at risk of being rolled back,” concluded a U.N. report on the virus’s impact on women.
Here’s what else is happening
  • The Trump administration moved to weaken two major environmental protections, including on clean air.
  • Many Times readers and employees criticized the Opinion section’s decision to publish an Op-Ed by Senator Tom Cotton calling for the military to crack down on “lawbreakers.” Last night, a spokeswoman for The Times said a review had found that the piece “did not meet our standards” and was the result of a “rushed editorial process.”
  • Lives Lived: Hecky Powell’s South Side Chicago-style barbecue restaurant was an institution in Evanston, Ill., feeding everyone from broke college students to the Chicago Bulls. He even once advised a young Barack Obama, during his run for the Illinois Senate. Powell died on May 22 at 71.
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How should parents discuss race with their children? Start early, and keep the conversation going. Talk about racial differences in positive ways. Make sure any home library has books with black protagonists.

These suggestions — and many more — come from Jessica Grose, editor of The Times’s Parenting section. She spoke with experts and wrote up a list of suggested books. She told us:
We wanted to provide information for parents who want to have conversations with their children about racism and the protests over the killing of George Floyd. We also wanted to make clear that it’s a privilege to choose to have these conversations; as many of my sources emphasized, black families are having and have been having these conversations, and reading these books.
The big takeaway here is that nonblack families don’t just need to talk about racism with their kids — they need to show their kids they are also taking action.
One comment, from Jacqueline Dougé, a pediatrician and child health advocate based in Maryland, really stuck with me: “Because of our culture, I have a heavy burden as a black mom. But if I think my kids are going to end racism alone, I’m deluded.”
More resources: Jessica also recommends the conversation guides from EmbraceRace and Raising Race Conscious Children. And you can subscribe to Jessica’s newsletter here.

From Minneapolis to Syria, Artists Are Honoring George Floyd Through Murals and Public Artworks

From Minneapolis to Syria, Artists Are Honoring George Floyd Through Murals and Public Artworks


A mural in Minneapolis by Xena Goldman, Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain, Niko Alexander, and Pablo Hernandez

In honor of George Floyd, a Black man murdered by a White police officer in May, artists have been painting murals and sharing messages in what now is a global movement supporting the victim. From Minneapolis to Los Angeles to Syria, the public artworks are drawing attention to the horrific killing, in addition to the larger issue of police perpetrating state-sanctioned violence.

A collaborative project by artists Xena GoldmanCadex HerreraGreta McLainNiko Alexander, and Pablo Hernandez, the Minneapolis mural centers Floyd within a sunflower. Herrera told Hyperallergic that the “idea was to depict Floyd not as a martyr but as a social justice hero.” He’s surrounded by the names of others killed by police, in addition to protestors. The 20-by-6.5-foot project is located near the Cup Foods where Floyd died.

Louisiana-born artist Jammie Holmes created typographic banners with Floyd’s last words that emblazoned the skies of U.S. cities. Bold statements reading, “Please I can’t breathe,” “My neck hurts,” and “They’re going to kill me,” flew over Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York.

We’ve gathered some of the most recent projects below, including work from Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun, Fayetville-based Octavio Logo, and Barcelona-based Tvboy. (via Artnet News)

Fayetteville mural by Octavio Logo. via Clarissa Bustamante

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A message that was flown over Detroit by Jammie Holmes

Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun finish a mural depicting George Floyd in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province.

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Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Anis Hamdoun finish a mural depicting George Floyd in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. 

A mural by Jesus Cruz Artile, also known as Eme Freethinker, in Berlin

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A mural of George Floyd in Dublin, painted by street artist Emmalene Blake. | Image: Niall Carson/PA Images

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A Bold Black Lives Matter Statement Transforms a Street Leading to the White House in Washington D.C.

A Bold Black Lives Matter Statement Transforms a Street Leading to the White House in Washington D.C.


Photograph © Nadia Aziz

In a show of solidarity, a massive tribute to Black Lives Matter has been painted on the street leading to the White House in Washington, D.C. Completed in permanent street paint, the message features bold, yellow letters that span more than a block of 16th Street and marks a historic moment in the United States after weeks of protests.

Mayor Muriel Bowser commissioned the banner-style piece, which city workers and volunteers began at 3 a.m. Friday morning ahead of weekend demonstrations. The new message is just two blocks north of Lafayette Square, where police charged peaceful protestors and released tear gas and flash-bang shells to clear the crowd for a photo-op for President Trump earlier this week. It sits at the foot of St. John’s Church.

Update: Black Lives Matter D.C. has denounced the public display, saying, “This is performative and a distraction from her active counter organizing to our demands to decrease the police budget and invest in the community. Black Lives Matter means Defund the police.”

Update 2: An earlier version of this article erroneously attributed the mural to a single artist.

A 20,000-Square-Foot Tribute to Healthcare Workers Emerges at Queens Museum

A 20,000-Square-Foot Tribute to Healthcare Workers Emerges at Queens Museum


“Somos La Luz” (2020). All images © Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, by Eduardo Amorim/Greenpoint Innovations

In the Queens Museum parking lot, Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada (previously) has painted a 20,000-square-foot mural as both an act of gratitude to Latinx healthcare workers, who have risked their own safety to care for others, and a nationwide call to action.

These are the people that make our city move, the people that care for us. These are the people that contribute socially, culturally, and economically to the nation… In the year 2020, where hindsight should not be clearer, it is amazing to me that we must continue to ask ourselves…how it is that minorities today still have to suffer the same injustices of the minorities of the past(?)

Somos La Luz,” or “We Are The Light,” is a large-scale rendering of Dr. Ydelfonso Decoo, a pediatrician who died when fighting the virus in New York City. Rodríguez-Gerada hopes to draw attention to the disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases among Latinx and Black populations across the United States, in addition to the alarming rates of infection in Queens, one of the city’s epicenters for the virus.

In an Instagram post about the project, Rodríguez-Gerada said presenting the masked figure on such a massive scale reflects the enormity of the issue. “This artwork ‘Somos La Luz’ strives to give deeper meaning to the loss of each life,” the artist writes. “It strives to make evident the importance of every life as well as to value the amazing contribution of migrant people.”

Best viewed aerially, the mural was commissioned by the immigrant healthcare organization SOMOS and Make the Road New York, an advocacy group. (via Hyperallergic)

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PBS NewsHour full episode, June 3, 2020

Jun 3, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Wednesday on the NewsHour, violent confrontations diminish, but mass protests over George Floyd’s death continue in cities across the U.S. — and the world. Plus: A South Carolina mayor on what’s happening in his city, racial disparities in American policing, how the U.S. can address structural racism and analyzing results from Tuesday’s elections. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Charges against police added, upgraded in Floyd case… How this South Carolina mayor is fostering dialogue on race… News Wrap: Florida reports 1,300 new coronavirus cases… How to address racial disparities in American policing… Leveraging family, community to overcome American racism… Amy Walter on the ‘symbolism’ of Tuesday’s election results… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour full episode, June 2, 2020

Jun 2, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Tuesday on the NewsHour, it has been a full week of protests across parts of the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Plus: A controversial law enforcement response to protesters near the White House, Sen. John Thune on the national unrest, Bishop Mariann Budde on the role of the church amid protest and using the U.S. military to quell demonstrations. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Political divide over best response to protests widens… D.C. protests grow a day after controversial Trump photo op… Thune on Trump’s rhetoric: The country needs healing… Bishop Budde on Trump’s rhetoric and healing the nation… News Wrap: Birx wants more COVID-19 testing amid protests… Current protests highlight risks of militarizing the police… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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Jun 1, 2020  PBS NewsHour

Monday on the NewsHour, unrest spreads across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Plus: What reporters are seeing on the ground, the role of law enforcement during protests, systemic issues of race and privilege in the U.S. and the long roots of racial tension in Minneapolis. WATCH TODAY’S SEGMENTS Cities brace for continued unrest over police violence… 3 reporters share what’s happening at their cities’ protests… 2 voices on how to hear protesters while maintaining peace… What’s different about these protests — and what isn’t… News Wrap: Health officials fear protests will spread virus… Minneapolis’ troubled history of unequal policing… Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode May 31, 2020

May 31, 2020  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Sunday, May 31, chaos and clashes across the nation continue as some protests over the murder of George Floyd turn violent, the history of activism and its influence on political change. Also, creative and safe ways to celebrate graduation. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

PBS NewsHour Weekend full episode May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020  PBS NewsHour

On this edition for Sunday, May 30, the latest on the nationwide protests as demonstrations flare across the country over the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis. Several cities and states are mobilizing the National Guard after protests turned violent on Friday night. Hari Sreenivasan anchors from New York. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

Shields and Brooks on George Floyd, 100K coronavirus deaths   May 29, 2020

PBS NewsHourSyndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the latest political news, including former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments on the death of George Floyd and what action it should prompt, President Trump’s approach toward Twitter and truth and the milestone of 100,000 American deaths from COVID-19. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

‘Not the America that we want to live in,’ says St. Paul mayor of George Floyd’s death

May 26, 2020  PBS NewsHour

An African American man in Minneapolis died Monday night after a police officer kneeled on his neck while apprehending him. Echoing the 2014 Eric Garner case, George Floyd told the officer, “I can’t breathe.” The incident, captured on video, prompted outrage in the Twin Cities and beyond — and led to the dismissal of four police officers involved. Amna Nawaz talks to St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

How Trump leverages Twitter to spread misinformation

May 26, 2020  PBS NewsHour

President Trump’s messages to his more than 80 million Twitter followers can carry a lot of weight — but don’t always represent the truth. Controversy recently erupted over a Trump tweet that had no basis in fact. Now, the social media platform is applying a note to it that directs users to more information. Yamiche Alcindor reports and speaks with Craig Silverman, media editor for BuzzFeed News. Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app: Find more from PBS NewsHour at Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

The New York Times           The  Morning         June 2, 2020
By David Leonhardt
Good morning. Protests continued overnight despite curfews. President Trump threatened to send the military into cities. Let’s start with the words of the protesters.
Voices from the protests

Demonstrations near the White House in Washington on Sunday.Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
The anger is different this time. After years of Americans being killed by the police — more than 1,000 per year, for as long as statistics exist — something has changed over the past week.
The gruesome video of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck plays a role. So does a pandemic that’s disproportionately killing African-Americans. And so do the angry, racialized politics that President Trump encourages.
Here are some of the voices from the protests, which have included many people who say they’ve never protested before:
“In every city, there’s a George Floyd,” said Michael Sampson II, 30, of Jacksonville, Fla.
“It could be my father, my brother, my uncle, my cousin, my friend,” said Victoria Sloan, 27, of Brooklyn. “It makes me angry.”
“I’m speaking for everybody, all my kinfolk, all my brothers and sisters who’ve gotten beaten up by police,” said Cory Thomas, 40, who said the police beat him when he was a teenager in Brooklyn. “I don’t condone the violence,” or the looting, he said, “but at the end of the day, no 14-year-old should be beat up by police.”
“There are people out there who are very negative,” D.J. Elliott, 30, a gym manager in Harlem said, in frustration about a small number of late-arriving, violent protesters. “And this is their golden opportunity.”
“If we don’t fight for change we’re not going to get it,” Douglas Golliday, a 65-year-old resident of a Minneapolis suburb, told The Star Tribune while waiting to be taken to jail along with his 44-year-old son, Robert, and other protesters.
“I took six rubber bullets, but do you know what didn’t happen to me?” Elizabeth Ferris, a 36-year-old Georgetown University student, told The Washington Post. “No one kneeled on my neck.”
Ashley Gary of Minneapolis said: “We’ve been through Jamar Clark, we’ve been through Philando Castile, and there was no justice whatsoever. We’re tired of it, we are very tired. My son, he’s 16 and six feet tall, and I don’t want him to be taken as somebody bad because he’s a bigger black man.”
“I came out peacefully to show my support, and the police are aiming right at me,” Mariana Solaris, a 20-year-old from San Bernardino, Calif., told The Los Angeles Times, after the police fired foam pellets at her. “I saw this on the news earlier tonight,” she said, “and I thought, ‘No way is it really like that out there with the police.’ So I came out to see. And, yeah, it’s really like that.”
The Times has collected portraits of the protesters here.
1.                 Overnight developments

Kentucky State Troopers fire tear gas to disperse protesters after curfew in Louisville, Ky.Luke Sharrett for The New York Times
Protesters faced off against the police for a seventh straight night in cities across the country.
  • In Washington, police officers used tear gas and flash grenades to clear a path through a peaceful protest so President Trump could visit a nearby Episcopal church, St. John’s, where he posed for photos holding a Bible. An Episcopal bishop in Washington said she was “outraged” that he used the church “as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.” Trump also warned he would order the military into cities if local officials could not control their streets.
  • In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged that an 11 p.m. curfew had failed to prevent widespread looting, including along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. As a result, the curfew will begin at 8 tonight.
  • In a shootout at a protest in St. Louis, four police officers were injured. In Buffalo, an S.U.V. sped through a line of officers in riot gear, injuring two of them, in an episode caught on video. In Las Vegas, the authorities are investigating the shootings of two officers, although the details are unclear.
  • The mayor of Louisville, Ky., fired the city’s police chief after the owner of a local barbecue restaurant was killed when police officers and National Guard troops shot toward protesters.
  • In the Times Opinion section, Tonya Russell asks companies to understand the toll that police brutality videos have on their black employees. “They should encourage self-care,” she writes, “and make clear there will be no penalties for those who may need to take a mental health day or temporarily take on a lighter workload.”
  • The Times will be providing updates all day here.
2.               A private autopsy of George Floyd

The site where George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis on Friday.Caroline Yang for The New York Times
Both a government autopsy and an autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family concluded that his death was a homicide. The experts hired by the family say he was asphyxiated; the autopsy by the county says his heart stopped while officers were kneeling on him and notes Floyd’s underlying heart condition.
Video: The Times’s visual investigations team has reconstructed Floyd’s death using security footage, witness videos and official documents. “It’s hard to watch this. Really hard,” Marc Lacey, The Times’s national editor writes. “But here’s the most comprehensive reconstruct you’ll find of what happened.”
3. ‘Illiberal populists’ and the virus
The four large countries where coronavirus cases have been increasing fastest — Brazil, the U.S., Russia and Britain — have something in common: They are all run by populist male leaders who cast themselves as anti-elite and anti-establishment.
“Very often they rail against intellectuals and experts of nearly all types,” Steven Levitsky, a Harvard political scientist, told us. The leaders, he said, “claim to have a kind of common-sense wisdom that the experts lack. This doesn’t work very well versus Covid-19.” We explain — with a chart — here.
Another phone call: Trump also spoke by phone yesterday with President Vladimir Putin of Russia about the pandemic, the global economy and Trump’s desire to let Russia attend an upcoming G7 meeting.
What we’ve learned: Times journalists have summarized what scientists know about the virus, as well as the important mysteries that remain.

PBS NewsHour via 

June 2, 2020

Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

By Lisa Desjardins, 

Consider two lists of names.

First: George Floyd, Donnie SandersBreonna TaylorWilliam Howard GreenChristopher Whitfield

Atatiana JeffersonChannara “Philly” PheapRyan TwynmanIsaiah Lewis, Marcus McVae.

These are the names of 10 black men and women who were killed by police in just more than a year.  

Next: Hiram Revels, Blanche Bruce, Edward Brooke, Carol Moseley Braun, Barack Obama, Roland Burris,

Tim Scott, WIlliam “Mo” Cowan, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris. This is a list of every black American who has

ever served in the U.S. senate. There have been 10. 

It is a stark reminder that people who are often the victims of police violence are not proportionally

represented in our government.

Looking only at police shooting deaths, something this Washington Post database has tracked carefully

since 2015, 235 black people were shot and killed by police in the U.S. in 2019. That is 23.5 percent of all

police shooting deaths, nearly double the percentage of the U.S. population that is black.

And that figure dwarfs the number of black Americans — again, 10 — who have ever had a seat in the U.S. Senate, considered to be the most powerful elected body in the U.S.

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue this week, we looked at how black Americans are represented in our democracy. The numbers show glaring disparities continue, though there are instances of proportional representation.  

·  Overall: 13 percent of the U.S. population is black or African American, according to the official people counters: the Census

White House: 4 percent of President Donald Trump’s cabinet is black. That is one official —- HUD Secretary Ben Carson — out of 23 cabinet positions. Carson has announced he intends to leave the job at the end of this year.

·  House of Representatives. The House of Representatives nearly has proportional representation, with 12.5 percent of the lawmakers there being black.  

·  U.S. Senate. In the Senate, however, that figure is 3 percent, with just three black senators currently in the chamber — three of 10 to ever hold a seat in the body. 

·  Federal Courts: About 13 percent of federal judges are black, according to recent data from the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank, as well as 2017 data cited by the Congressional Research Service.

·  Governors: There are currently no black governors.

·  State legislatures.  About 9 percent of lawmakers in state houses are black, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.

·  Big City Mayors: According to the data we reviewed from the 50 largest cities, 11 of them have black mayors. That’s 22 percent.

By Daniel Bush, 
Senior Political Reporter

MINNEAPOLIS — It’s the way George Floyd died that hurts the most.

“To see a man being held down that way, it’s just too much,” said Franklin Bridgeman, 53, who is black and a longtime resident of Minneapolis, Floyd’s hometown. “Of all the police shootings and killings, it’s the most painful. This was just so blatant.”

“This could have been my dad. This could have been my brothers, my nephews. George Floyd feels like my family,” Dha’Manique Evans said.

The police “don’t care about us at all. They know they can get away with it,” Evans, 21, added, and for that reason, she’s glad her city decided to protest. “They hear us now. They see what we’re doing.”

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on May 25 after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, held him to the ground with a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd said several times, “I can’t breathe.” Video of the incident captured by bystanders quickly went viral, spurring protests in Minneapolis and dozens of cities across the country, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

Chauvin, 44, and three other officers who were present at the arrest were fired the day after Floyd’s  death. Chauvin was charged on May 29 with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

But by then, the protests in Minneapolis that had started peacefully were increasingly punctuated by confrontations between residents and police. Swaths of the city were set on fire and looted. Police fired tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets to disperse crowds. The governor imposed a curfew and ordered the largest deployment of the National Guard in state history.

In interviews around Minneapolis, many white residents expressed shock that something like this could happen in their city. Black residents said the anger and pain underlying the protests were both familiar and misunderstood. READ THE FULL STORY. 

By Alex D’Elia, 
Politics production assistant

Trump vetoes student loan forgiveness bill — May 29. The president rejected Congress’ bipartisan legislation, which would have kept in place an existing Obama administration loan forgiveness plan. Why it matters: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ narrower loan forgiveness rules — which stay in place because of Trump’s action — limit students’ ability to get their loans forgiven when schools shut down due to fraud. — Forbes

Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico oversight board from constitutional challenge — June 1. The board was formed by then-President Barack Obama in 2016 to oversee Puerto Rico’s  debt restructuring, a process that has been complicated by Hurricane Maria, earthquakes and now the coronavirus. Why it matters: The Supreme Court ruling allows for the oversight board to continue restructuring hundreds of billions in debt and bankruptcy to help the island emerge from its financial crisis. — The Washington Post

Lawmakers begin bipartisan push to cut off police access to military-style gear — June 1.Local law enforcement receive military weaponry — like bayonets and grenade launchers — through a Pentagon program that was shut down by Obama but revived by Trump. Why it matters: The program is being scrutinized amid concerns about aggressive use of force by police around the country as they are dispersing often non-violent protesters. — The New York Times

Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks — May 29. Though House Democrats want to include more $1,200 checks in the next economic stimulus bill, some Senate Democrats would rather focus the relief effort specifically on  those who have been hit the hardest. Why it matters: The conflict demonstrates difficult negotiations surrounding coronavirus relief that could stall aid as the pandemic’s economic impacts linger. — The HIll 

Justice Department closing insider-trading investigations into three U.S. senators — May 26. Investigations into the stock sales of Sens. Kelly Loeffler, Jim Inhofe and Dianne Feinstein at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak have concluded. Why it matters: The end of the investigation is welcome news particularly for Loeffler, a Republican who is facing a challenger from her own party for her Georgia Senate seat and has politically suffered in the polls in part because of the insider-trading scandal.  — The Wall Street Journal

By Kate Grumke, @KGrumke
Politics producer

On this day in 1774, the British government renewed an act that allowed British troops to stay housed in private American residences. This was the fourth in a series of legislation known as the Intolerable Acts or the Coercive Acts, which spurred the first meeting of the Continental Congress.

Our question: What was this act called?

Send your answers to or tweet using #PoliticsTrivia. The first correct answers will earn a shout-out next week.

Last week, we asked: On this day in 1868, Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial ended. The Senate voted on three articles of impeachment, and failed to get the necessary two-thirds majority on any of them to convict Johnson and remove him from office. How many votes did each article fail by?

The answer: Each article failed by just one vote.

This was the first impeachment trial in our nation’s history, and a majority of Senators voted to convict the president of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” But the final roll call was 35-19 for the three articles of impeachment.

Johnson served out the rest of his term, and five years after leaving office, won a Senate seat and returned to the capitol.

Congratulations to our winners: Tim Smith and Mary Hubbard!!

Thank you all for reading and watching. We’ll drop into your Inbox next week.

The Washington Post         The Post Most      June 3, 2020
(Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)

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(Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Trump’s photo with his loyalists was a vulgar mess. And Ivanka brought a handbag.

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 The New York Times           The  Morning         June 3, 2020

  By David Leonhardt

 Good morning. Protests continued late into the night, without the destruction of recent days. George W. Bush offered praise for the protesters. Let’s start by looking at how mass incarceration has shaped black Americans’ lives.

When jail becomes normal

The exercise yard at California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif.Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

 For most white Americans, interactions with the police happen rarely, and they’re often respectful or even friendly. Many white people don’t know a single person who’s currently behind bars.

In many black communities — and especially for black men — the situation is entirely different. Some of the statistics can be hard to fathom:

 Close to 10 percent of black men in their 30s are behind bars on any given day, according to the Sentencing Project.

  • Incarceration rates for black men are about twice as high as those of Hispanic men, five times higher than those of white men and at least 25 times higher than those of black women, Hispanic women or white women.

 When the government last counted how many black men had ever spent time in state or federal prison — in 2001 — the share was 17 percent. Today, it’s likely closer to 20 percent (and this number doesn’t include people who’ve spent time in jail without being sentenced to prison). The comparable number for white men is about 3 percent.

The rise of mass incarceration over the last half-century has turned imprisonment into a dominant feature of modern life for black Americans. Large numbers of black men are missing from their communities — unable to marry, care for children or see their aging parents. Many others suffer from permanent economic or psychological damage, struggling to find work after they leave prison.

 A recent study by the economists Patrick Bayer and Kerwin Kofi Charles found that 27 percent of black men in the prime working years of their lives — between the ages of 25 and 54 — didn’t report earning a single dollar of income in 2014. “That’s a massive number,” Charles, the dean of the Yale School of Management, told me. Incarceration, including the aftereffects, was a major reason.

The anger coursing through America’s streets over the past week has many causes, starting with a gruesome video showing the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But that anger has also been building up for a long time. It is, in part, anger about incarceration having become normal.

 An explainer podcast: How has mass incarceration happened? “Justice in America” — hosted by Josie Duffy Rice of The Appeal — tries to answer the question. The Times’s Caity Weaver recommends starting with the first episode, about bail. “I learn so much from this freaking podcast,” Caity tweeted yesterday.


 1.                  Less violence on Tuesday night

People gather during a peace march honoring Minneapolis man George Floyd Tuesday in Houston.David J. Phillip/Associated Press

 The amount of violence, fires and looting declined last night, relative to the chaos of previous nights. Instead, peaceful protesters in many cities defied curfews and remained on the streets late into the night to protest police violence.

Other protest developments:

 Minneapolis police used force against black people at a rate at least seven times that of white people during the past five years, city data show.

  • In his first speech outside his home since the coronavirus lockdown, Joe Biden likened President Trump’s language to that of Southern racists of the 1960s. “We cannot let our rage consume us,” Biden said.
  • Former President George W. Bush praised peaceful protesters. He said that he and his wife, Laura, were “anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country.”
2. Fears of ‘autocracy’
Attorney General William Barr gave the order to clear the square across from the White House on Monday night, The Times explains, in a story reconstructing the incident. The order led law enforcement to use smoke and flash grenades to scatter peaceful protesters so that Trump could appear at a church for a photo opportunity.

 Former military leaders and democracy experts condemned the use of force against citizens. Retired Adm. Mike Mullen wrote in The Atlantic that Trump had “laid bare his disdain for the rights of peaceful protest in this country.” Kori Schake, a former Pentagon official and Republican policy adviser, said, “If we were seeing this in another country, we would be deeply concerned.” Gail Helt, a former C.I.A. analyst, told The Washington Post: “This is what autocrats do. This is what happens in countries before a collapse. It really does unnerve me.”

3. Voting in a shaken country
People in eight states and Washington, D.C., cast ballots in extraordinary circumstances yesterday, and it seemed to go more smoothly than some people feared. “If Tuesday’s vote-by-mail primaries were a test for November, elections officials have reason to be encouraged: a few bumps but no major disasters,” said Stephanie Saul, a Times reporter.

 Among the results:

4. Zuckerberg defends his approach

 In a tense company meeting, the Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg stood by his decision not to remove or flag Trump’s inflammatory posts.

Some Facebook employees have been in open revolt over the policy. “Mark always told us that he would draw the line at speech that calls for violence,” said one engineer in a resignation note this week. “He showed us on Friday that this was a lie.”


Here’s what else is happening


Workers at the Atlantic Blueberry Company are tested prior to the picking season, in Hammonton, N.J.Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
  • A Times’s investigation explains how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fumbled its response to the coronavirus, leaving the country without adequate testing early in the crisis. Here are five takeaways from the reporting.
  • Republicans said they were moving Trump’s convention speech out of Charlotte, after a stalemate with Democratic officials in North Carolina about virus restrictions.
  • The College Board is postponing plans for an online version of the SAT because of technological challenges, further complicating the college-application process for students stuck at home.
  • Lives lived: Elsa Dorfman used a 200-pound Polaroid camera to create a brand of photographic art all her own, making instantaneous giant, natural-looking portraits of celebrities and everyday people — even while Polaroid, outpaced by technology, was fast going out of business. She died on May 30 at 83.

 The Associated Press   May 30, 2020

Marcus Lavon of Des Moines raises his hands during a protest in Des Moines, May 29, 2020. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

AP PHOTOS: Images from protests across a traumatized nation

By The Associated Press   May 30, 2020

In cities across the United States, protesters angered over the killing of George Floyd faced off against heavily-armed officers, with some smashing police cars, ransacking businesses and setting fires that smoldered through the night.

Fears of another cycle of violence were palpable on Saturday as cities from Atlanta to Minneapolis grappled with the scope of the damage, and pleas for calm from elected officials and others seemed to do little to dampen the anger.

In Minnesota, where Floyd died Monday after a police officer pressed down on his neck for more than eight minutes, Gov. Tim Walz activated more than a thousand national guardsmen early Saturday, promising a massive show of force to protect the city.

Protesters refuse to allow National Guard personnel to advance towards Hiawatha Avenue along East Lake Street, Friday, May 29, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler also declared an emergency and ordered a nighttime curfew for the city. And in Washington, D.C., the guard was on standby as a crowd gathered outside the White House and chanted curses at President Donald Trump.

In all, more than two dozen cities experienced racially diverse protests, many peaceful but some of violent.

Full Coverage: Photography

Many of those out on the streets spoke of frustration that Floyd’s death was one more in a litany. It came in the wake of the killing in Georgia of Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot after being pursued by two white men while running in their neighborhood, and in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic that has thrown millions out of work, killed more than 100,000 people in the U.S. and disproportionately affected black people.

Trump was again under criticism for stoking the racial discord with a series of tweets Saturday belittling the protesters outside, claiming many of the Secret Service agents were “just waiting for action” and ready to unleash “the most vicious dogs, and the most ominous weapons, I have ever seen” if protesters try to breech the White House’s security fence.

Donald Trump supporter Michael Rooney of Des Moines argues with protesters outside of the Des Moines Police Department during a protest on Friday, May 29, 2020, in Des Moines. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Protesters move along a highway Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A Police officer warns a protester during an arrest at a rally Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Police react to protesters in Atlanta on May 29, 2020. Protesters carried signs and chanted their messages of outrage over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

A protester is arrested near Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Friday, May 29, 2020, following a rally to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

A man throws a hand truck into the window of vandalized CVS store during a protest over the death of George Floyd Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Protesters and National Guardsmen face off on East Lake Street, Friday, May 29, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Demonstrators burn garbage in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 29, 2020, while protesting the Monday death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

A protester rides his bike past a burning building that housed a check cashing business, Friday, May 29, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

A woman flashes the peace sign while walking backwards in a cloud of tear gas during a protest at 72nd and Dodge Streets on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Police officers and protesters clash near CNN Center, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Atlanta, in response to George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

Demonstrators rally in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, May 29, 2020, to protest the Monday death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

A protester confronts Kansas City police during a George Floyd protest at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, May 29, 2020. (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

A demonstrator attacks a police car during a protest over the death of George Floyd in downtown Los Angeles, Friday, May 29, 2020. Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Police officers rush past a burning police vehicle to disperse protesters during a protest over the death of George Floyd Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Los Angeles. Floyd died in police custody Monday in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

>A man runs out of a convenience store Friday, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Red handprints cover a window at the Hall of Justice building in downtown Louisville, Ky., Friday, May 29, 2020. Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was fatally shot by police in her home in March. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

A Police vehicle burns after protesters rallied at Barclays Center over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died Memorial Day while in Minneapolis police custody, Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Medical examiner: Floyd’s heart stopped while restrainedMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A medical examiner on Monday classified George Floyd’s death as a homicide, saying his heart stopped as police restrained him and compressed his neck, in a widely seen video…  yesterday

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