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Trump rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa called ‘slap in the face’

UPDATE: President Trump tweeted late Friday, “Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out of respect for this Holiday.” He said he is moving the rally to June 20 “to honor their requests.” OKLAHOMA...

Black Lives Matter goes mainstream after Floyd’s death

by David Crary and Aaron Morrison -- For much of its seven-year existence, the Black Lives Matter movement has been seen by many Americans as a divisive, even radical force. Its very name enraged its foes, who countered with the slogans “Blue Lives Matter” and...

Tennessee lawmaker apologizes after racially offensive joke

NASHVILLE — A white Tennessee lawmaker asked for forgiveness on the House floor Monday after he made a racially offensive joke hours before to a black representative. “I am extremely sorry that an offhand attempt at humor hurt your feelings,” said Rep. Mike Carter, a...

Judge: Tennessee must allow vote by mail for all amid virus

By JONATHAN MATTISE --  NASHVILLE — Tennessee must give all of its 4.1 million registered voters the option to cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, a judge ruled Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the state’s limits on absentee voting during...

Black female mayors in spotlight amid protests and pandemic

by Kat Stafford — Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms captured the nation’s attention when she addressed the civil unrest occurring in her city after George Floyd’s death. “I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” Bottoms said...

Memphis protesters march to site where Dr. King was killed

by Adrian Sainz -- A large group of protesters chanted loudly as they marched down streets Friday night in downtown Memphis, voicing their frustration and solidarity days after the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a Minneapolis officer pressed his...

Minneapolis police arrest cop who knelt on George Floyd’s neck

by Tim Sullivan and Amy Forliti --  MINNEAPOLIS — The police officer seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday after three days of often-violent...

Swift firings for Minneapolis officers in death of African-American man

by Amy Forliti and Jeff Baenen --  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — To the general public, the video of a white police officer pressing his knee into the neck of a black man prone on the street, crying out for help until he finally stopped moving, was...

In his final days, Ahmaud Arberry’s life was at a crossroads

by Aaron Morrison -- BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — He was at a crossroads, his life stretching out before him, his troubles largely behind him. He had enrolled at South Georgia Technical College, preparing to become an electrician, just like his uncles. But first, he decided,...

The coronavirus, black lives and a view from Canada

(theconversation.com) -- The claim that COVID-19 and its associated medical and social responses do not discriminate belies the history of how pandemics work and who is most impacted by them. States of emergency show that citizenship privileges some, is partial for others and disappears...