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George Floyd and Racial Protests
What We Know About the Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis
Mr. Floyd died after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by an officer’s knee in an episode that was captured on video, touching off nationwide protests.
By The New York Times
Nov. 5, 2020
What to Know About Breonna Taylor’s Death
The death of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March during a botched raid on her apartment, led to wide-scale demonstrations in the spring and summer as the case drew more attention.
By Richard A. Oppel Jr., Derrick Bryson Taylor and Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs
Oct. 30, 2020
What We Know About the Death of Rayshard Brooks
Captured in a widely shared video, the shooting death of yet another Black man by the police touched off a weekend of angry demonstrations in Atlanta that resulted in the burning of the restaurant, the resignation of the city’s police chief and a murder charge in Mr. Brooks’s death.
By Aimee Ortiz
Sept. 10, 2020
How George Floyd Was Killed in Police Custody
The Times has reconstructed the death of George Floyd on May 25. Security footage, witness videos and official documents show how a series of actions by officers turned fatal.
By Evan Hill, Ainara Tiefenthäler, Christiaan Triebert, Drew Jordan, Haley Willis and Robin Stein
Published May 31, 2020
Updated Nov. 5, 2020
Huge Crowds Around the Globe March in Solidarity Against Police Brutality
Tens of thousands turned out in Australia, Britain, France, Germany and other nations in support of U.S. protests against the death of George Floyd, while denouncing racism in their own countries.
By Damien Cave, Livia Albeck-Ripka and Iliana Magra
Published June 6, 2020
Updated June 9, 2020
A week after George Floyd’s death, crisis grips the nation.
A week after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, daytime demonstrations focused on racism and police brutality are increasingly giving way to violence and chaos by night, fueling tensions over the direction of a protest movement that has unfurled in sprawling fashion in dozens of cities across the United States.
Several people have been killed or wounded in shootings linked to the unrest, and looters have raided neighborhood shops and upscale commercial districts from Santa Monica, Calif., to Boston, as a sixth day of largely peaceful protests descended into lawlessness.
'There is still a lot of work to do' | Austin Mayor Steve Adler responds to weekend protests
Many descended upon Austin over the weekend to protest police brutality and social injustice, highlighting George Floyd and Michael Ramos as the most recent examples.
George Floyd was a Houston native who died while in police custody in Minnesota and Michael Ramos was shot and killed by an Austin police officer in April.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler joined KVUE Daybreak to discuss the protests.
Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation in the news
Asheville City Council Sets Stage For Reparations To Black Residents
City council members in Asheville, North Carolina, unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that paves the way for reparations to the city’s Black residents, local news outlets reported.
Sara Boboltz Huffington Post 07/15/2020
Reparations bill gets new attention amid BLM. Could other nations provide a blueprint?
Protests unleashed by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans have re-centered racial inequality in the public consciousness, and renewed debate around what to do about it — including reparations.
Kim Hjelmgaard USA TODAY July 11, 2020
'I'm leaving and I'm just not coming back': Fed up with racism, Black Americans head overseas
Black emigres who, feeling cornered and powerless in the face of persistent racism, police brutality and economic struggles in the USA, have chosen to settle and pursue their American-born dreams abroad.
June 28, 2020
White Woman Who Called Police On Black Bird-Watcher In Central Park Has Been Fired
A black man says he asked a white woman in Central Park to put her dog on a leash.
Then, video shows, she called the police and told emergency operators that the man was threatening her and her dog. The woman, who has been identified as Amy Cooper, has apologized. But by Tuesday afternoon, she was fired from her job at an investment management firm, the employer said.
Two boys with the same disability tried to get help. The rich student got it quickly. The poor student did not.
Two boys with learning disabilities grew up just blocks apart in New York City. Public schools couldn't teach them. So their parents battled to place them in private schools, on the taxpayers' dime.
Mike Elsen-Rooney, The Teacher Project
Updated 12:37 p.m. CST Feb. 10, 2020
The US is grappling with its history of slavery. The blueprint for dealing with it? Some say Brown University
Universities have taken the lead on what they call reparative justice. Georgetown University apologized to descendants of slaves who were sold to pay school debts and recently pledged to raise $400,000 a year for programs to help those descendants. In October, Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey announced a nearly $28 million plan, including scholarships to descendants of enslaved Africans.
But the model for these programs is Brown University, which issued a groundbreaking report in 2006 about its founders’ connection to slavery and created a center to research slavery and injustice.
Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY
Updated 10:35 a.m. CST Dec. 18, 2019
Medical bias: From pain pills to COVID-19, racial discrimination in health care festers
Whether it's unconscious, explicit, institutional or research bias, discrimination in the health care system contributes to the stark disparities seen in how COVID-19 sickens and kills patients of color, health care experts agree.
Jayne O'Donnell and Ken Alltucker
USA TODAY June 15, 2020
Diversity a Priority in Coronavirus Tracking
As they build their ranks of contact tracers, many states and localities are trying hard to hire from racial and ethnic minority communities hit hardest by the virus.
LGBTQ Americans are getting coronavirus, losing jobs. Anti-gay bias is making it worse for them.
The coronavirus outbreak is pummeling LGBTQ Americans, especially those of color, leaving a population already vulnerable to health care and employment discrimination suffering from high job losses and a growing rate of positive cases, according to preliminary data collected from multiple LGBTQ advocacy groups.
Petruce Jean-Charles USA TODAY
Updated May 10, 2020
'People are really suffering': Black and Latino communities help their own amid coronavirus crisis
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to take its toll on black and Latino communities, black and Latino churches, advocacy groups and civil rights activists have ramped up efforts to help their own, filling in gaps where they say the federal government and even some local governments have fallen short.
Deborah Barfield Berry USA TODAY
Updated May 10, 2020
Coronavirus spares one neighborhood but ravages the next. Race and class spell the difference.
CHICAGO — Train tracks run above the intersection of Kinzie Street and Ashland Avenue, two major streets that meet on Chicago's West Side. On one corner of the intersection, there's a trampoline park and new brewery. On the opposite corner, empty buildings for lease.
In one direction, a ZIP code relatively unscathed by the coronavirus outbreak. In the other, a community decimated by the disease. One mostly white, with six-figure incomes the norm. One mostly minority and earning much slimmer paychecks.
Darnell Shields, executive director of the Chicago community group Austin Coming Together, said COVID-19's disparate impacts arise from food and housing instability, shaky neighborhood economies and limited access to quality education and health care.
Grace Hauck, Mark Nichols, Miriam Marini and Andrew Pantazi, USA TODAY Network
Updated 2:15 p.m. CDT May 3, 2020
Coronavirus has changed the way Muslims are celebrating Ramadan
Hajjar Ahmed’s lofty goals this Ramadan include reading the Qur’an multiple times, joining virtual Iftar meals to break the fast, and engaging in online discussions with people from around the world. She also will volunteer with the Department of Family Services in her county.
At a time of uncertainty and when many are sheltered in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ahmed, a project manager who lives in Northern Virginia, is choosing to be optimistic during Ramadan, a month-long celebration traditionally met with anticipation and excitement by the Muslim community. This year many Muslims like Ahmed are finding a sense of community through technology.
By Fatima-Tul Farha, USA TODAY
Posted Apr 24, 2020 at 4:31 PM
Updated Apr 24, 2020 at 4:31 PM
Family ravaged by coronavirus begged for tests, hospital care, but was repeatedly denied
The man who raised Keith Gambrell, who loved him like a son and married his mother, died in a blue recliner of novel coronavirus in his Grosse Pointe Woods home.
Gary Fowler, 56, went to the emergency rooms of three metro Detroit hospitals in the weeks leading up to his death, begging for a coronavirus test, begging for help because he was having difficulty breathing, but was repeatedly turned away, Keith said.
"My dad passed at home, and no one tried to help him," Keith, 33, of northwest Detroit said through tears. "He asked for help, and they sent him away. They turned him away."
Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 a.m. ET April 19, 2020
How COVID-19 is affecting people of color, minority workers
People of color and minority groups are particularly at risk during the pandemic. Here's what should be done to better address these communities.
Just the Facts, USA TODAY
Health issues for blacks, Latinos and Native Americans may cause coronavirus to ravage communities
WASHINGTON – Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans have many underlying health conditions, including asthma and heart disease, that could make them more vulnerable to complications from the coronavirus, leaving advocates, lawmakers and public health experts worried these long marginalized communities won't get equal access to tests and treatment as the outbreak spreads.
Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY March 31, 2020
Rumor, Disparity and Distrust: Why Black Americans Face an Uphill Battle Against COVID-19
Decades of unequal treatment and poorer health outcomes threaten to undermine the black community during the current coronavirus pandemic. The documented health disparities between racial groups in the U.S. – including higher rates of chronic diseases and lower access to health care among blacks compared with whites – make some African Americans more vulnerable to COVID-19, experts warn.
By Joseph P. Williams, Senior Editor, U.S. News and World Report March 25, 2020, at 1:31 p.m.