Greg Pence criticized for racist items at his mall

U.S. Rep. Greg Pence is coming under criticism for allowing objects with racist depictions of African Americans at an antiques mall he owns with his wife. The issue has taken on particular significance amid a national reckoning on race. (July 31)

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March for equality in New Orleans on Juneteenth

Dozens of demonstrators marched to the gates of Armstrong Park in New Orleans in honor of Juneteenth, the traditional commemoration date of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the U.S. (June 19)

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Juneteenth Explained

This year’s Juneteenth has taken on an additional significance after the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery reignited the fight for Black American equality. But of course, Juneteenth’s history stretches back through several presidencies and generations of systemic racism against African Americans.

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George Floyd, Black Lives Matter: a history of police violence in the United States | AFP

The death of George Floyd at the hands of US police on 25 May in Minneapolis has brought back painful memories for many. Breonna Taylor, Rodney King, Timothy Thomas, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray: these are just a few of the many African Americans that have been subject to violence or killed by police since the early 90s in the United States. Since then demonstrations calling for justice have rocked the country, finally crystallising into a massive national movement that is calling for an end to injustice and ‘systemic racism’ against African Americans.

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George Floyd’s brother calls on UN to set up an independent commission | AFP

The brother of George Floyd calls on the United Nations to set up an independent commission to investigate the killings of African Americans by police.

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George Floyd’s brother calls on UN to set up an independent commission | AFP

The brother of George Floyd calls on the United Nations to set up an independent commission to investigate the killings of African Americans by police. “I hope that you will consider establishing an independent commission of inquiry to investigate police killings of black people in America and the violence used against peaceful protesters”, says Philonise Floyd, whose brother was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25. IMAGES

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George Floyd’s brother calls on UN to ‘help us black people in America’ | AFP

The brother of George Floyd calls on the United Nations to set up an independent commission to investigate the killings of African Americans by police. “I am my brother’s keeper,” said Philonise Floyd, whose brother was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25. IMAGES

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Isiah Whitlock Jr. on ‘Da 5 Bloods’ and ‘The Wire’ catchphrase

Isiah Whitlock Jr. hopes Spike Lee’s new Vietnam-era film “Da 5 Bloods” shows ‘just how misrepresented African-Americans were in the Vietnam War.’ He also explains the origins of his famous expletive catchphrase from “The Wire.” (June 10)

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Kudlow: ‘I don’t believe there’s systemic racism’

A top adviser to President Donald Trump told reporters he doesn’t think there is ‘systemic racism’ against African-Americans in the U.S., but also predicted administration support for some form of police reform. (June 10)

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Black Lives Matter: ‘Say their names’ tribute in Los Angeles | AFP

Dozens of names of African Americans who have been brutalized or killed by the police, including George Floyd, have been spelt out in fabric on a fence in a residential neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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Why Doctors Are Joining the Protests Despite the Pandemic

Medical workers across New York City are joining the George Floyd protests, despite being in the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. These doctors and nurses say that racism is a public health crisis, and that police brutality and the disproportionate number of COVID-19 deaths among African Americans are symptoms of the same problem. VICE News joins doctors as they take to the streets.

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Thousands march in San Francisco for black rights | AFP

At least ten thousand protesters attend a youth-led black rights rally in San Francisco demanding justice and equality for black people, one week after the death of George Floyd. Floyd’s death has reignited long-felt anger over police killings of African-Americans and unleashed a nationwide wave of civil unrest unlike any seen in the US since King’s 1968 assassination. Three of the four Minneapolis police officers who arrested Floyd on May 25 for allegedly passing a counterfeit bill were to make their first court appearance, meanwhile, to face charges of aiding and abetting his murder. The fourth policeman, white officer Derek Chauvin, who was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as he said “I can’t breathe,” has been charged with second-degree murder and appeared before a judge last week.

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Being black in the US: “Let me live” | AFP

Protesters in Minneapolis talk about their reasons for joining the demonstrations, their personal experience with the police, and what it means for them to be African-Americans today. It has been just over a week since George Floyd died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, sparking a wave of protests across the country against institutional racism.

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Police make arrests during a protest in Los Angeles | AFP

Police arrest protesters in Los Angeles during a peaceful demonstration against George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, which has become a symbol of police brutality towards African Americans and has sparked unrest across the US. IMAGES

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Black businesses fight to stay afloat amid virus

The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately impacted African Americans, infecting and killing them at higher rates across the nation. But black Americans are also experiencing the economic brunt of COVID-19. (June 1)

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Death of George Floyd: Anti-racism march held in Boston | AFP

Protesters march in Boston, taking a stand against racism. The shocking videotaped death last Monday of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis ignited the nationwide wave of outrage over law enforcement’s repeated use of lethal force against unarmed African Americans. IMAGES

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Anti-racism protest in Chicago in the wake of George Floyd’s death | AFP

Protesters march against racism in Chicago after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police hands this week, which sparked outrage over police mistreatment of African Americans. IMAGES

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Protests erupt across US after black man’s death

Protests spread across the U.S. Friday, fueled by outrage over George Floyd’s death and years of police violence against African Americans. The white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck was arrested and charged with murder. (May 29)

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Rep. Bass: ‘It’s open season on black folks’

Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Rep. Karen Bass, says she will be supporting legislation to combat racism against African Americans. The move comes in the wake of several incidents, including the death of George Floyd in police custody. (May 29)

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National Guard deployed to Minneapolis stand guard after violent protests overnight | AFP

National Guard soldiers are deployed in Minneapolis for peacekeeping after a third night of rioting over police brutality against African Americans left hundreds of shops damaged and a police station on fire. IMAGES

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Protest over George Floyd’s death after white policeman kneeled on his neck | AFP

Hundreds of people protest in Minneapolis after a video of handcuffed black man George Floyd dying while a police officer knelt on his neck for more than five minutes sparked a fresh furor in the US over police treatment of African Americans.

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Biden too ‘cavalier’ about black Trump backers

Joe Biden declared he “should not have been so cavalier” on Friday when he told a prominent black radio host that African Americans who back President Donald Trump “ain’t black.” (May 22)

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Kamala Harris: Trump Has ‘Abandoned’ His Role as President

Sen. Kamala Harris thinks that President Trump’s failure to respond quickly to the coronavirus has made the crisis worse, causing economic destruction and costing American lives.

“There is no question that that had we a president in charge who actually took their responsibility seriously, that we would probably be looking at a lot less damage than we have incurred,” she said in an interview with VICE News. “We watch every day of the number of people infected and the number of people who are dead. We are every day hearing and watching stories about body bags. So, look, the buck stops with the president.”

This week the U.S. took the global lead in both confirmed coronavirus cases as well as deaths, surpassing Italy, Spain, and possibly China, though data from China is thought to be unreliable. At the same time, 22 million have claimed unemployment benefits in the past three weeks, and retail sales have plummeted as wide sectors of the economy have shut down.

“The fact is that he has abandoned his role of leadership and meaning the role of the president of the United States,” she said. “He’s abandoned the role of the president of the United States.”

Then the California Democrat ticked off what she sees as failures of the Trump administration in its response to the pandemic, which has now claimed nearly 30,000 lives in the U.S.

“His failure to take this seriously, from the time of calling it a hoax, to getting rid of the Obama administration’s focus through the White House on pandemics, to him trivializing the issue including the importance of social distancing” has made the crisis in the United States worse than it needed to be, she said.

Harris spoke to VICE News through a video conference on Thursday to discuss legislation she has introduced to prioritize funding and tracking of racial health disparities from the pandemic. An Associated Press analysis of communities with racial impact data show that while African Americans made up 21% of the population studied, they accounted for 42% of the deaths to the coronavirus.

Harris, who dropped her own run for the White House earlier this year, is thought to be a potential vice presidential pick for presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

In the interview, she accused the current White House of taking an ideological approach to fighting the virus, rather than using the best science and fact-based analysis..

“The thing about this moment and it also is a source, therefore, of frustration about who this president is and how he has been approaching this issue: this is science. These things just don’t lie. Science is based on empirical data. Science is based on peer review. Science is based on analysis, objective analysis.”

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COVID-19 Racial Disparities | Inside The Outbreak | Associated Press

A recent Associated Press analysis revealed that African Americans account for more than 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. where the race of victims has been made publicly known. Data from states, cities and counties show black people are a disproportionate share of the population dealing with the most dire consequences of the pandemic. In this episode of “Ground Game,” AP national race and ethnicity writer Aaron Morrison explains why this is so.

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