“Democrats have no issues lying… while minority communities suffer,” said author Candace Owens on Wednesday amid the increase of crime in liberal cities across the country.
Owens was blasting Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., for apparently rejecting the crime uptick in Democratic-run cities in an earlier segment of “Mornings with Maria” with host Maria Bartiromo.
“It is unfathomable that he can stand in the face and pretend that minority communities are not suffering from a 200% increase in inner cities, and sometimes higher in inner cities, of shootings compared to this time last year,” Owens told “Mornings with Maria.”
MURDERS IN NYC, ST. LOUIS SURGE THIS YEAR, TOP 2019 NUMBERS, DATA SHOWS
New data shows that murder rates in New York City and St. Louis have surged this year, surpassing 2019 figures. In the Missouri urban center, the Thursday killing of a 24-year-old woman marked the city’s 195th homicide this year.
In 2019, there were 194 homicides in total, according to The Associated Press.
St. Louis has seen a spike in shootings – both fatal and nonfatal – since the beginning of the summer. The city is among a group of cities where federal law enforcement agents were sent this summer to help fight gun violence under the Operation Legend program.
Operation Legend was named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was shot and killed while sleeping in his father’s Kansas City, Mo., apartment on June 29.
Thus far, the federal task force has made more than 1,000 arrests in high-crime cities across the country, according to U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
The Big Apple has seen gun violence skyrocket, with at least 1,000 recorded cases of gunplay since Jan. 1.
According to an August report in The New York Post, by the same time last year there had been just 537 shootings.
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Owens claimed that the crime increase is due to Democrats “pushing to criminalize our law enforcement officers as they do with everything that is good for the minority community.”
“This is the reason why, as you are observing in the polls, Maria, that Black Americans’ support just keeps going up, and up and up for Donald J. Trump because of people like the congressmen who can just brazenly look in your face and lie and say, ‘What are you talking about, Maria? We’re not trying to defund the police. None of our leaders are.’ He’s trying to hide behind Joe Biden. Joe Biden is not an elected official in this country.”
Owens went on to say, “I am so disgusted by everything I have just heard in this last segment and it is exactly why I have been calling for a Black exit from the Democrat Party.”
Fox News’ Julia Musto and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
In the face of a pandemic that has hit Black Americans harder than almost any other group, while the nation continues to confront the toxic legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, two Georgia women have come together to build a community that will be a place free of oppression, “a tight-knit community for our people to just come and breathe.”
They are calling it Freedom, Georgia, and draw their inspiration from Wakanda, the fictional comic-book country that was the setting for the movie “Black Panther.”
Ashley Scott, a realtor from Stonecrest, Ga., who was driven to seek therapy by her reaction to the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a young Black man jogging in a white neighborhood, said that after several sessions, she realized that her problem was 400 years of racial oppression and trauma dating back to the establishment of slavery in North America.
“We are dealing with systemic racism,” she wrote in an op-ed for Blavity last month. “We are dealing with deep-rooted issues that will require more than protesting in the streets.”
With her friend Renee Walters, an entrepreneur and investor, she founded The Freedom Georgia Initiative, a group of 19 Black families who collectively purchased 96.71 acres of rural land in Toomsboro, a town of a few hundred people in central Georgia, with the intention of developing a self-contained Black community. The space will have small homes for vacation use and host weddings, retreats and recreational functions, and eventually may evolve into an incorporated, self-sustaining community.
“It’s now time for us to get our friends and family together and build for ourselves,” said Walters, who serves as the president of the organization, in an interview with Yahoo News. “That’s the only way we’ll be safe. And that’s the only way that this will work. We have to start bringing each other together.”
“We really just want you to come and hang out and feel safe,” she explained. “You don’t have to worry about the Karens of the world and anything like that. You just come in and have fun. We’ll have a sportsman area, like a Black sportsman area with fishing, hunting, shooting range, ATV trails. We really just want to build a tight-knit community for our people to just come and breathe.” (“Karen” is a derisive nickname for white women who assert racial privilege in an offensive manner.)
Walters acknowledges the challenges ahead as history hasn’t always been kind to Black Americans’ aspirations to own property.
America’s first Black town dates back to 1738, near what is now known as St. Augustine, Fla. Thirty-eight fugitive slaves seeking refuge formed a town named Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose. Historian Dr. Jane Landers explained that, “As news of the foundation of Mose spread through the South Carolina plantations, groups of slaves broke loose and tried to make for Florida,” causing some to call it their ”first Promised Land.” In response to numerous slave revolts, the English enacted a year-long siege of Florida 一 finally capturing Fort Mose in 1740.
More than a century after the establishment of Fort Mose, and two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, in direct response to the Ebenezer Creek Massacre, Union General William T. Sherman attempted to create more Black towns with his promise of 40 acres and mule. Ultimately, Abraham Lincoln’s successor, Andrew Johnson, a Democrat considered sympathetic to former slave states, overturned Sherman’s orders by returning the land to colonizers 一 inspiring freedmen to begin buying their own land.
By 1910, Black Americans owned more than 14 million acres of land 一 more than ever before in the history of the United States, but due to the Great Migration and the racist policies that accompanied it, 90 percent of that land was lost by the 21st century.
According to ProPublica, “the leading cause of Black involuntary land loss” has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “heirs’ property.” Heirs’ property is land that has been inherited without a will, making the owners “vulnerable to laws and loopholes that allow speculators and developers to acquire their property.” It makes up “more than a third of Southern black-owned land — 3.5 million acres, worth more than $28 billion.”
In order to begin reclaiming Black-owned land and generational wealth, Scott believes Black Americans must create their own social, political and economic institutions. “Amass land, develop affordable housing for yourself, build your own food systems, build manufacturing and supply chains, build your own home school communities, build your own banks and credit unions, build your own cities, build your own police departments, tax yourselves and vote in a mayor and a city council you can trust,” she wrote. “Build it from scratch! Then go get all the money the United States of America has available for government entities and get them bonds. This is how we build our new Black Wall Streets. We can do this. We can have Wakanda! We just have to build it for ourselves!”
Wakanda is both a fictitious nation whose magic remains undisturbed by colonization and a cinematic embodiment of the benefits of separation, as opposed to segregation.
Walters said the late Chadwick Boseman, who died last week from colon cancer and played Black Panther in the film, “passed the torch” to The Georgia Initiative.
“I feel like now it’s up to us more now than ever that we can achieve this because we saw it in the movie and why not just create that,” she said. “I feel like that’s where he would want us to do.”
Keeping money within the Black community is also a big part of The Georgia Initiative’s push.
“Just like for Black Wall Street, their dollars circulated around 11 times before it left the community,” Walters said. “That’s just something we want to bring back. We want to encourage businesses to come and we want to circulate our dollar within the community before it leaves out to someone else. We want to make everybody in our areas wealthy.”
Black Wall Street was the nickname for the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Okla., a prosperous Black neighborhood and commercial district that was terrorized and burned in the notorious race riot of 1921.
Overall, Walters says, The Georgia Initiative has been well-received and embraced by others in the town. “Every time we go to the land and in the actual city, we haven’t received any backlash,” she said. “Everyone is really nice and welcoming.”
But she adds there are a host of “Internet trolls” who have nothing good to say and claim segregation on the group’s behalf, which she vehemently disagrees with.
“We’re building where we can come and be safe,” she explains. “Chinatown has these areas. … Why is it that when we build we’re considered racist or we’re segregating ourselves? Why can’t we have our own safe haven? Every community has them.”
She added: “Everyone is welcome in Freedom, but it’s based on seeing Black people flourish.”
Just over 150 years removed from slavery, Black Americans continue to push for equity and equality within the country. The Georgia Initiative is looking to spark change.
“Every time we tried to [flourish in history], somebody tried to burn it down … and I’m just tired of that,” Walter said. “It’s time for us to build our own.”
A black cyclist was killed by police after being shot more than 20 times in the back during a bicycle violation stop, his lawyers claim.
The killing of Dijon Kizzee has renewed protests in Los Angeles by demonstrators angered at deadly violence against black people by police.
The Los Angeles county Sheriff’s Department and a lawyer representing 29-year-old cyclist Mr Kizzee’s family have given diverging accounts of Monday’s incident.
Two sheriff’s deputies opened fire at Mr Kizzee after he dropped a handgun he was carrying and punched one of the officers, police said.
His attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represented the family of George Floyd, said they stopped him over a bicycle violation
Protests have become a near daily occurrence across the US after Mr Floyd was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer in May
They have continued in Kenosha, over a white police officer’s shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, seven times in the back, leaving him paralysed.
“You don’t kill any race but us, and it don’t make any sense,” Fletcher Fair, Mr Kizzee’s aunt, told reporters at the site of the shooting on Tuesday where activists called for an independent investigation by California’s attorney general.
The unrest has become a major issue ahead of November’s presidential election.
Republican President Donald Trump arrived in Kenosha on Tuesday as he seeks to rally his base of white supporters by defending police against criticism of brutality.
Mr Kizzee was riding his bike on Monday afternoon in Los Angeles County’s Westmont neighborhood when two sheriff’s deputies who had been driving by tried to stop him.
He abandoned his bike and ran for a block with the deputies in pursuit, Brandon Dean, a sheriff’s department spokesman, told reporters on Monday evening.
Mr Kizzee then punched one of the deputies in the face, dropping a bundle of clothing he was carrying, the department said.
The deputies said a semi-automatic handgun was in the dropped bundle, and both of them began shooting Mr Kizzee, the department said.
Mr Dean said he did not know what part of the bicycle code Kizzee was suspected to have violated or how many times the deputies shot him, other than saying it was fewer than 20.
His office declined to answer questions about the shooting and the status of the two deputies on Tuesday.
The county coroner was due to conduct an autopsy on Kizzee on Tuesday.
However, Mr Crump, a civil rights lawyer known for representing black victims of police violence around the country, wrote in a Twitter post: “They say he ran, dropped clothes and handgun. He didn’t pick it up, but cops shot him in the back 20+ times then left him for hours.”
The attorney asked on Twitter for people to send him any videos of the incident, saying that sheriff’s deputies are not required to wear body cameras.
A Texas school district ordered two Black high school students not to return to school unless they cut their locs.
On Monday a federal judge blocked the school from carrying out the suspension of one of the young men, Kaden Bradford, allowing him to return to school without cutting his hair.
Barbers Hill Independent School District is majority white and has refused to change its dress code, which is deemed racist by many.
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A Black Texas high school student is allowed to return to class this year without cutting his locs, a Federal judge ruled Monday.
Kaden Bradford and his cousin De’Andre Arnold made national headlines in January when they were told by the Barbers Hill Independent School District that they couldn’t come to school unless change their appearance.
Their families sued the district in federal court in Houston, claiming that the schools dress code, forbidding long hair, is unconstitutional as discriminates based on race, sex, and is in violation of freedom of expression.
While the case is ongoing, US District Court Judge George Hanks issued a preliminary injunction that orders the district to allow Bradford back without changes to his hair.
Arnold had transferred to a different school for the end of his senior year.
“The court’s granting of our request means that K.B. no longer has to endure an unjust and educationally-damaging in-school suspension simply for having uncut locs, which are an immutable part of his Black identity and cultural heritage,” his attorney Ja nai Nelson, of the Legal Defense Fund, said in a statement.
Hanks’ memo notes that data reviewed by attorneys show that Black students at Barbers Hill High School were three times more likely that their white classmates to lose at least one day of instruction because of the hair policy. The data also showed that Black students who were placed in in-school suspension lost an average of 3.5 days of class, which which students lost an average of one day.
“In other words, there is credible statistical evidence in the record showing that African-American students were more likely than white students to be punished, and to be punished harshly, on account of the hair-length policy,” Hanks’ wrote in the injunction, which was viewed by Insider.
Hanks also said that Kaden showed “a substantial likelihood” that his rights under the equal protection clause and the First Amendment will be violated in the injunction was denied.
The district’s hair policy requires that male students not have hair that extends past the collar, earlobes and eyes.
Students used to be able to keep their hair long, but comply by the dress code by wearing it up. In 2019 the school board made the code more stringent, requiring that that the hair has to be short even if it was pulled back, according to court documents.
Attorneys for the teens had previously argued in front of the school board that the policy was racist and should be changed.
Barring certain natural hairstyles, such as dreadlocks and braids, can be discriminatory,as many of those styles hold cultural and historical meaning.
Arnold, whose father is from Trinidad, started growing his dreadlocks in seventh grade as an expression of his Black and West Indian heritage, Courthouse News Service reported.
“West Indian cultural traditions specifically prohibit cutting or trimming locks and locks will unravel if they are cut,” Christina Beeler, a staff attorney at the University of Houston Law Center’s Juvenile and Children’s Advocacy Project, told the Barbers Hill Independent School District’s board last month.
Despite her argument, and outrage over the school policy, the board voted in July to keep it in place. The superintendent didn’t immediately return a request for comment from Insider.
The story of a small Texas town digging its feet into a policy over how young men wear their hair has drawn celebrity attention.
Earlier this year, Ellen Degeneres and Alicia Keys surprised Arnold with a $20,000 scholarship on “The Ellen Show.”
He also attended the Oscars as a guest of the producers and director of “Hair Love,” an animated short film about a Black father doing his daughter’s hair.
Three people were arrested and a fourth was issued a summons after a Black Lives Matter mural on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower was vandalized with blue paint Friday afternoon, police said.
The incident, which happened about 4:00 p.m., marks the second in a week that someone threw paint on the mural, which the city painted July 9.
Two women and a man were arrested and charged with criminal mischief after surveillance video showed them smearing the blue paint, police said. Germanotta, 39, D’Anna Morgan, 25, and Luis Martinez, 44 were released with a desk appearance ticket, according to police.
Another person, who was identified only as a 64-year-old woman, was issued a summons for illegally posting fliers.
NBC New York reported that it appeared to be a coordinated effort.
Morgan and Germanotta said that their actions were in part motivated by anger at Mayor Bill de Blasio. Morgan, who is Black, said she has members of law enforcement in her family.
“Basically, I’m just sick and tired of the disrespect that our law enforcement is getting under de Blasio and Cuomo,” Morgan said, referring to the mayor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I am not anti-Black at all. I am African American. All lives matter, including Black lives,” she added.
Germanotta, who is friends with Morgan, said that others have painted graffiti around New York City and she doesn’t think they should have been arrested. “Why do I get arrested for speaking my mind and having a disobedient protest and they don’t?” she said.
Germanotta was seen being arrested while wearing an “All Lives Matter” shirt and wearing a rainbow-colored flag with the words “LGBT for Trump” on it. She said she wants people to know she is transgender, HIV positive and a registered Democrat who plans to vote for Trump in November.
On Monday, a man dumped red paint on part of the mural before running away. The NYPD has released photos of that man and say he is wanted for criminal mischief.
The Black Lives Matter mural was installed after protests and calls for racial justice and police reform that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
Trump, a former New York City resident, has criticized the mural.
Trump called it a “symbol of hate” after plans were announced. The president tweeted at the time that it would be “denigrating” to what he called a luxury avenue.
After Monday’s vandalism, the mural was quickly repainted.
De Blasio, a Democrat who helped paint some of it, was defiant after that incident, tweeting “nice try” and noting that it had already been fixed.
Black Lives Matter movement “is more than words, and it can’t be undone,” he said.
Trump in October changed his permanent residence from New York City to Florida.
Cuomo, a Democrat, remarked at the time: “Good riddance. It’s not like Mr. Trump paid taxes here anyway.” The governor added, “He’s all yours, Florida.”
Trump tweeted about the change in residence at the time that “I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will.” But the president said “I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state.”
The Metropolitan Police have urged the Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams and her partner to get in touch – and discuss an incident where they were stopped and searched while driving in west London.
The couple claim they were racially profiled – and while the police say each stop is made on its own merits, they are confident there were no misconduct issues but want to consider what they could have done differently.
This programme has also learnt that the Met have made a voluntary referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct – following a separate complaint by a 21-year-old key worker accusing the same unit of racial profiling.
Arizona recorded more coronavirus deaths, infections, hospitalizations and emergency-room visits in a single day than ever before in a crisis, in a day across the Sunbelt that sent a shudder through other parts of the country and led distant states to put their own reopening plans on hold.
In Florida, hospitals braced for an influx of patients, with the biggest medical center in Florida’s hardest-hit county, Miami’s Jackson Health System, scaling back elective surgeries and other procedures to make room for victims of the resurgence underway across the South and West, The Associated Press reports.
Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House coronavirus task force, planned to visit Arizona today, where cases have spiked since stay-at-home orders expired in mid-May.
Arizona reported record single-day highs of almost 4,900 new Covid-19 cases, 88 new deaths, close to 1,300 ER visits and a running total of nearly 2,900 people in the hospital.
Florida recorded more than 6,500 new cases down from around 9,000 on some days last week, but still alarming and a running total of over 3,500 deaths.
Ahead of the Fourth of July, counties in South Florida are closing beaches to fend off large crowds that could spread the virus.
The run-up in cases has been blamed in part on what New Jersey’s governor called “knucklehead behavior” by Americans not wearing masks or obeying other social-distancing rules.
“Too many people were crowding into restaurants late at night, turning these establishments into breeding grounds for this deadly virus,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in forbidding restaurants with seating for more than eight people from serving customers inside from midnight to 6am.
Health experts say the virus in Florida and other Southern states risks becoming uncontrollable, with case numbers too large to trace.
Marilyn Rauth, a senior citizen in Punta Gorda, said Florida’s reopening was “too much too soon.” “The sad thing is the Covid-19 spread will probably go on for some time though we could have flattened the curve with responsible leadership,” she said.
“Experience now has shown most people won’t social distance at beaches, bars, etc. The governor evidently has no concern for the health of the state’s citizens.”
Some distant states and cities that seemed to have tamed their outbreaks, including Colorado, Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey, hit pause or backtracked on some of their reopening plans for bars and restaurants.
And New York and New Jersey are asking visitors from 16 states from the Carolinas to California to quarantine themselves for two weeks.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is delaying its resumption of indoor dining at restaurants, and not because of any rise in cases there.
The number of confirmed cases in the US per day has roughly doubled over the past month, hitting 44,800 on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
That is higher even than what the nation witnessed during the deadliest stretch of the crisis in mid-April through early May.
The president is expected to sign his executive order on policing tomorrow, according to multiplle reports.
Asked about the timing of the executive order moments ago, senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway declined to say when specifically the order would be released.
Conway simply said Trump was “working around the clock” to get the issue addressed. Another senior adviser previously said that the order would look at ways to “bring community and police together.”
House Democrats have unveiled their own sweeping police reform bill, and Democratic leaderss have said they already have enough co-sponors to pass the bill, although it’s unclear if it can pass the Senate.
Meanwhile, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has tapped Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, to lead a group working to craft their own bill.
Joe Biden raised $80.8 million last month, as protests spread across the country in response to the police killing of George Floyd and Trump’s approval rating dropped by double digits.
Biden announced in an email to supporters that his campaign and two committees associated with the Democrats saw a surge in online donations last month.
According to the email, the number of Biden’s online donors has more than tripled since February, and more than half of last month’s donors were first-time contributors. The average donation to the campaign was $30.
“I’m in awe of this sum of money,” Biden told his supporters. “Just a few months ago, people were ready to write this campaign off. Now, we are making huge dents in Donald Trump’s warchest. Every single dollar is going to make sure he is only a one-term president.”
Trump has built an impressive fundraising operation powered by small-dollar donors, and campaign manager Brad Parscale said yesterday was the team’s single best online fundraising day yet, with the campaign bringing in $14 million on the president’s birthday.
Hollywood actor Ron Perlman has challenged the Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz to a wrestling match, offering to donate $50,000 to Black Lives Matter to mark the occasion.
Perlman, the star of Hellboy, The Name of the Rose, Sons of Anarchy and other hits, made the offer early on Monday morning, as part of what started as an unlikely online spat with the Republican Florida congressman Matt Gaetz.
Perlman and Gaetz were arguing about US Soccer’s George Floyd-protest-inspired decision to repeal a rule requiring its teams to stand for the national anthem, which earned Gaetz’s ire and subsequently that of Donald Trump.
Told by Gaetz to “leave the tough guy comments for those of us who face the voters”, Perlman tweeted a picture of the Ohio congressman Jim Jordan, a former wrestling coach, and said: “You’re lucky for this guy Matt. If it weren’t for him you’d be the ugliest politician walking.”
Perlman’s jibe at Jordan prompted Cruz to wade in, writing: “Listen Hellboy. You talk good game when you’ve got Hollywood makeup and stuntmen. But I’ll bet $10k – to the nonpolitical charity of your choice – that you couldn’t last five minutes in the wrestling ring with Jim Jordan without getting pinned. You up for it? Or does your publicist say too risky?”
Perlman replied by suggesting he and Cruz fight instead, saying he would “give 50k to Black Lives Matter and you can keep all the taxpayer money you were thinking of spending.”
The Supreme Court ruled existing federal law prohibits job discrimination against gay and transgender workers. In a 6-3 opinion written by conservative justice Neil Gorsuch, the court said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids job discrimination on the basis of sex and other factors, also covers sexual orientation and gender identity.
The family of Rayshard Brooks held a press conference in Atlanata. Brooks’ relatives thanked those who have protested since he was shot and killed by a white police officer, and they asked protesters to ensure the demonstrations remain peaceful.
Trump is facing more calls to cancel his planned Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Officials in Oklahoma have expressed concern about holding the large indoor rally while the coronavirus pandemic is still raging, but the president has shown no indication he will cancel the event.
In some coronavirus news, the Food and Drug Administration has withdrawn its emergency use authorizations for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as potential treatements against the virus.
The FDA’s chief scientist Denise M. Hinton said “the drug’s potential benefits for such use do not outweigh its known and potential risks” in a letter to Gary Disbrow, the acting director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, who requested the change.
Hinton said the anti-malaria drugs, which Trump previously touted as a potential “game-changer” in the fight against coronavirus, were “unlikely to produce an antiviral effect.”
Trump took hydroxychloroquine for two weeks as a prophylactic measure, despite FDA guidance to the contrary and concerns that the drug could cause complications for the 74-year-old president.
An adviser to Trump said the president is looking to sign an executive order on policing and “co-responders” this week.
Ja’Ron Smith, deputy assistant to the president, said the order would look at ways to “bring community and police together” after the police killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks sparked protests across the country.
Smith told Fox News that the order would specifically look at the role of “co-responders.” “Co-responders would allow for police to do their job but bring in social workers and experts that deal with mental health and deal with issues such as drug addiction,” Smith said.
“There’s a better way to do policing, and we have great examples,” he added. Smith cited the example of Camden, New Jersey, which disbanded its police department in 2013 and reenvisioned it through progressive reforms.
Joe Biden has released a statement celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision on LGBTQ+ workers’ rights, calling it a “momentous step forward for our country.”
“Bfore today, in more than half of states, LGBTQ+ people could get married one day and be fired from their job the next day under state law, simply because of who they are or who they love,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said.
“This landmark 6-3 ruling affirms that LGBTQ+ Americans are entitled to equal rights under the law.”
The former vice president noted the decision came in the middle of Pride Month, which celebrates LGBTQ+ history.
“This decision is another step in our march towards equality for all,” Biden said. “And while we celebrate this victory today, we know that our work is not yet done. As President, I look forward to signing into law the Equality Act, protecting the civil rights of LGBTQ+ Americans, and championing equal rights for all Americans.”
A Black Lives Matter banner has been removed from the US embassy in Seoul, after Trump expressed displeasure about it, according to Bloomberg News.
[Secretary of state Mike] Pompeo and Trump were both displeased about the banner, the people said. A large, multicolored ‘pride’ banner recognizing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people was also removed on Monday. They were replaced with a banner commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.
The embassy unveiled the banner on Saturday in support of the George Floyd protests, saying in a tweet that it “stands in solidarity with fellow Americans grieving and peacefully protesting to demand positive change.”
The six to three verdict is the biggest victory for LGBTQ+ rights since the court upheld marriage equality in 2015.
“Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear. An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” justice Neil Gorsuch wrote.
The three cases the court heard, Altitude Express Inc v Zarda, Bostock v Clayton county, and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOCconcerned whether or not a federal ban on sex discrimination forbids employment discrimination against LGBTQ+ workers.
The Harris Funeral Homes case centered on Aimee Stephens, a trans woman fired after her boss claimed it would violate “God’s commands” if he allowed her “to deny [her] sex while acting as a representative of [the] organization.”
Donald Zarda and Gerald Bostock, both gay men, alleged they were fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation.
The gun rights cases represented an opportunity for the conservative-leaning Supreme Court to expand the scope of the Second Amendment.
In declining to hear the cases, the justices leave in place state laws that gun rights activists have argued violate the right to bear arms.
The court has not heard a major gun rights case since 2010, when the justices ruled in McDonald v Chicago that state governments had a limited ability to restrict the right to bear arms.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavnaugh argued in their dissent that the court needed to examine the issue in the wake of recent state laws imposing additional restrictions on gun ownership.
“This Court would almost certainly review the constitutionality of a law requiring citizens to establish a justifiable need before exercising their free speech rights,” the pair of conservative justices wrote.
The Supreme Court has declined to take up 10 cases related to gun rights, which will leave in place lower-court decisions on issues such as owning assault weapons and openly carrying firearms.
Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion on the court’s decision not to hear the appeals.
“The text of the Second Amendment protects ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,’” the two justices wrote.
“Yet, in several jurisdictions throughout the country, law-abiding citizens have been barred from exercising the fundamental right to bear arms because they cannot show that they have a ‘justifiable need’ or ‘good reason’ for doing so. One would think that such an onerous burden on a fundamental right would warrant this Court’s review.”
This is Joan Greve in Washington, taking over for Martin Belam.
A top Army general has banned displays of the Confederate flag on all bases in Korea, according to the military outlet Task & Purpose.
Army General Robert Abrams reportedly said in a memo released early this morning that the Confederate flag “does not represent the values of U.S. Forces assigned to serve in the Republic of Korea.”
“While I acknowledge some might view it as a symbol of regional pride, many others in our force see it as a painful reminder of hate, bigotry, treason, and devaluation of humanity,” Abrams wrote in the memo.
“Regardless of perspective, one thing is clear: it has the power to inflame feelings of racial division. We cannot have that division among us.” Abrams ordered all US commanders in Korea to remove any displays of the Confederate flag.
The memo comes less than a week after Trump said he would “not even consider” renaming military bases named after Confederate generals, which the Pentagon has said it is open to considering.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson of Mobile, Alabama, has confirmed that the History Museum of Mobile has received the statue of Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes. He says it will be displayed there in a way which places it into “the appropriate historic context”
The statue had stood on the Mobile waterfront for 120 years until taken down on 5 June. The statue of Semmes, who died in 1877, had been erected in in 1900, the year before Alabama ratified a Constitution that established white supremacy in the state by essentially disenfranchising African Americans and poorer white citizens. It was rededicated as recently as 2000 – with a memorial plaque and ceremony featuring Confederate flags; red, white and blue balloons; and a cannon salute.
There may yet be legal ramifications from the move. “I have no doubt that moving the statue from public display was the right thing to do for our community going forward” said Mayor Stimpson on Twitter.
However, Attorney General Steve Marshall had sent a letter to the mayor after the statue’s removal saying the city could be subject to a $25,000 fine for permanently moving the statue, an action that would violate a state law protecting monuments over 40 years old. Marshall’s office has also been pursuing legal actions against the city of Birmingham for removing a confederate monument.
Travis Miller, a delivery driver in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, says a neighborhood’s homeowners’ association president blocked him into a gated community and demanded to know why he was there.
Miller captured the ordeal on Facebook Live, in a video that lasts for 37 minutes that has been watched more than 170,000 times.
The HOA official, who said his name was David Stewart, told Miller that he had called police on him after Miller refused to disclose customer information.
After the HOA official left, Miller said he was afraid to leave the gated community, telling police: “I didn’t want to leave and have it seem like I was fleeing the scene or anything like that.”
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A black delivery driver in Oklahoma City says a neighborhood’s homeowners’ association (HOA) president blocked him into the gated community and demanded to know why he was there and how he got in.
Travis Miller, a home appliance and furniture delivery driver, captured the ordeal on Facebook Live, in a video that’s now been watched more than 170,000 times.
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He told KFOR that he was making a delivery in the Ashford Hills neighborhood of Oklahoma City on Monday when a man claiming to be the president of homeowners’ association blocked him from exiting the gated community with his car.
Video of the incident shows the man, self-identified as David Stewart, repeatedly asking Miller why he was in the gated community. The video shows that a white car had been parked in front of Miller’s truck, so he couldn’t drive forward.
Miller refused to tell Stewart who he dropped packages off to in the neighborhood, citing customer privacy.
About 30 minutes into the Facebook video, another man joined Stewart, and asked Miller: “All we want to know is why you’re in here and who gave you the gate code. That’s all we need to know.”
Miller again told the men that he didn’t want to share personal information of customers, and told Facebook viewers that the men had called the police. The police don’t arrive during the video, but the Stewart eventually moved his vehicle out of Miller’s way.
“I guess they must have contacted the customer and the customer came around and they spoke for a minute and he moved out the way,” Miller can be heard saying in the video.
Miller then called police himself, telling dispatch what happened to him and making sure it was safe for him to leave the area.
“He said that he called the cops back and let them know that everything was clear but I didn’t want to leave and have it seem like I was fleeing the scene or anything like that,” Miller said.
‘I knew if I get out this truck, no matter what happened, I would have been in the wrong’
Miller told KOCO that the person he delivered items to had given him the key code for the gated community, and that when Stewart approached him, he kept his seatbelt on the entire time, locked his doors, and tried keeping his window up.
“I knew if I get out this truck, no matter what happened, I would have been in the wrong,” Miller told KOCO. “I always say to myself, ‘I’m going to go home to my wife and my kids.'”
The incident happened in the wake outrage over the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was gunned down while jogging in Georgia in February, and the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed in a police shooting Kentucky in March.
Miller has received an outpouring of support online since his video went live. He told KOFR that he didn’t know why Stewart responded in the way that he did.
“I just know that emotionally, it was hard to maintain restraint, especially when I’m dealing with death in the family, two family members within two days of each other,” Miller said. “I just did the best I could to not make a bad situation worse.”
QPR director of football Les Ferdinand says he agrees with Ian Wright’s claim that he must be a success in order for more black professionals to be given boardroom roles in English football.
Ferdinand, who has been in the job since February 2015, is currently the only black technical director in English professional football.
Discussing the lack of BAME representation on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs programme earlier this month, former Arsenal man Wright said: “Les, being one of the few, has to be successful. If he doesn’t make a success of it, you’re not going to be able to get the next one through the door.”
“They’re interesting comments,” Ferdinand told Standard Sport. “I’ve just been on a talent ID course with the FA – I was in a room full of directors of football who had gone from one club to another, and I’m being told that if I’m not a success here I’m not going to get another opportunity.
“It doesn’t make much sense in this day and age but that’s probably the reality that Ian and others are seeing. Probably myself, as well, because I’m thinking, ‘If I leave here, where do I go? Who’s going to give me another opportunity?’
“So he’s probably right, and I know he’s talking about if I make a success of it, there’ll be a pathway for others.”
In an interview with Standard Sport earlier this year, Ferdinand revealed he had been racially abused by QPR fans while working in his current post.
The 53-year-old welcomes the idea of a Premier League players’ taskforce, put forward by Raheem Sterling, to lead the fight on racism in football from the front line, but insists the authorities must be prepared to act upon its recommendations if it is to make a significant difference.
“If it’s a taskforce that people are listening to, because let’s get this right, this kind of thing has been spoken about for a long time,” he added. “From the day I became a professional footballer we’ve been talking about this and we’re still here in 2020 talking about it.
“It all depends what this taskforce brings to the table and who’s going to be listening to them. It’s okay starting up these groups but it’s the people who really influence decision making.
“If you’re in an establishment and you’ve never been racially abused, don’t understand racism, then you do not know what to do about it.
“I try to understand it from that perspective as well, and not just be ‘oh, these people don’t know what they’re doing’ – they don’t. Because they’ve never been racially abused so they don’t know how to hand out the right punishments when these situations occur.”
While football still has a long way to go in tackling its racism problem, Ferdinand has seen first-hand the positive role the sport has played in raising awareness over men’s health issues.
The former England striker is once against supporting Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘Football to Amsterdam’ initiative, having taken part in the annual charity bike ride himself back in 2017.
“Getting out of what I’d call West Ham territory was quite difficult” he recalled. “A few comments coming out of vans. But once you got out into the countryside it was, apart from the weather quite a pleasant ride.
“I can’t remember how many riders there were, all sharing the same common goal. Of course, there were some people out there who thought it was the Tour de France but for the most part we all had a real good laugh and a good time.
“People realise that in the past this macho game of football has stopped people from coming forward. Now that people are coming forward it’s saving lives if it’s caught early enough.”