The National Football League plans to feature ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ — which some have dubbed the ‘Black National Anthem’ — before its 2020 Week One football games. Former NFL player Donte Stallworth, in a New Times op-ed, asks ‘Why?’
As of early July 9, 2020, police don’t know who tore a statue of Frederick Douglass from its base in a Rochester, NY, park and abandoned against a chain-link fence on the anniversary of his most famous anti-slavery speech. It wouldn’t make much sense if it were the same kind of protestors who vandalize statues of Confederate figures.
CNN.com highlights a list of racist stuff you say all the time — words and phrases that evoke our history of chattel slavery. Should we break these verbal links to our racist past?
Greg Gutfeld at Fox News labels the media “irredeemably evil” when ABC News tweets about a “luxury car” that attacks a crowd of peaceful Black lives matter protestors. Never mind the race or motivations of the driver…you know, the actual facts of the story that didn’t neatly fit the narrative.
Musician and entrepreneur Kanye West announces he’s running for President, and Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweets “You have my full support.” While most consider this a joke, or marketing ploy, if he sticks to it he can hurt Trump and Biden, but from whom does he take the most support?
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, in the face of surging COVID-19 cases, mandates masks in public in a state that led the re-opening move after the lockdown. Bill Whittle thinks it’s exactly the wrong response.
“Resisting is desperation,” says Mike Muse in a column at Medium.com attempting to explain “Why Black People Resist Arrest”. With police brutality, racial injustice, and mob violence in the news daily, it’s time to take a look at some of the underlying motivations.
Governors, mayors and others talk about retreating to COVID-19 lockdowns in states, cities and counties nationwide, even though the data shows that mass lockdown was the wrong approach to stem the pandemic. COVID-19 is a picky eater, so instead of building a fence around everyone, we should isolate only the most vulnerable — the elderly and those who have certain conditions.
New York Times reporter Wesley Lowery says America’s newsrooms need racial justice. Black journalists have complained for years about the indifference and outright hostility toward Black reporters — their pay and their ideas for how news should be covered in Black neighborhoods and beyond.
The New York Times/Siena College poll of registered voters shows Joe Biden up by 14 points over President Donald Trump, and increasing his tremendous lead among women and minorities. Bill Whittle says, “Joe Biden is a lawn sign”, and there are many reasons why this poll should cause little concern among Trump supporters.
Progressive activist Shaun King takes to Twitter to call for the removal of images of white European Jesus, which he says is racist propaganda and a white supremacy tool.
A new sci-fi drama ‘Cracka’ flips the script on white supremacists, throwing one such man back in fictional time where he’s enslaved to a Black master. But the producers say it’s not just a rage show with Black people as despicable racists. Can provocative art constructively advance the conversation about racial justice?