The University of Chicago’s English Department has said that for the 2020-2021 graduate admissions cycle, it will only accept applicants interested in working in and with Black studies. The faculty added that the department has increased hiring and admission of non-white scholars to help undo ’persistent, recalcitrant anti-blackness in our discipline’.
A Texas cop is facing assault charges in connection with the 2019 fatal shooting of a woman after a struggle over the officer’s Taser. A grand jury indicted Baytown Officer Juan Delacruz for shooting Pamela Turner in the parking lot of an apartment complex where they both lived. Delacruz was charged with aggravated assault. Turner’s stepdaughter said police were aware she was schizophrenic.
A whistleblower affiliated with an immigration & Customs Enforcement facility in Georgia highlighted rise in rate of hysterectomies and alleged medical negligence at ICE in a complaint submitted to the Department of Homeland Security on Mon. The complaint was also signed by Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network.
The health department in Tennessee has apologized to the family of a dead woman after they received a letter saying she tested positive for COVID-19. Sandra Whittington died of COPD on Feb 16. Whittington’s son said they received a notice saying she had tested positive and should isolate herself from others. He added that the health department claimed his mother took a COVID-19 test on June 20.
HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs accused career government scientists of plotting against President Trump. Michael Caputo said the CDC was harboring a ’resistance unit’ to Trump, ’who do not want America to get well, not until after Joe Biden is president’. Caputo warned Trump’s followers to be prepared for an armed insurrection. He has deleted his twitter account since the rant.
A day after a gunman ambushed and critically wounded two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has called for a stricter gun control. Biden tweeted: ’Weapons of war have no place in our communities. We need to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines.’ Earlier, President Donald Trump called for the death penalty of the assailant if the deputies die.
President Donald Trump brought climate denialism during a televised summit meeting in California, which focused on the catastrophic wildfires that is currently raging through the state. After being pressed to acknowledge that extreme weather conditions caused by climate change was a major factor behind the wildfires, Trump said, ’It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch.’
The YouTube star who filmed himself defecating on the driveway of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco residence said he did so as a ’peaceful protest’. In the video, Mando, as he identifies himself, can be seen wandering in search of Pelosi’s home. Once there, he sets up a camera across the street and stands before relieving himself. ’That was for President Trump’, he says subsequently.
Opa-locka in south Florida has repealed a ban on ’saggy pants’ that reveal a person’s underwear. The repeal has now to be approved again at a subsequent commission meeting before it’s official. Vice Mayor Chris Davis, who sponsored the repeal, said he ’felt it disproportionately affected a certain segment of our population, which is young, African-American men’.
A poll by Bright Line Watch featuring 776 political science experts cites the ’health’ of several democratic principles in the US at their lowest levels in three years. The poll gives US’ democratic health a score of 61, which from 2017-2019 was recorded in the high 60s. The poll finds declines in protections of free speech, toleration of peaceful protest, and protection from political violence.
Biologists are perplexed after various species of migratory birds have been reported dying in ’unprecedented’ numbers of unknown causes in New Mexico. Researchers from New Mexico State University and White Sands Missile Range examined nearly 300 dead migratory birds on the university’s main campus. Biologists guess the cause might involve the wildfires in the West and dry conditions.
Authorities are on the hunt for the gunman who shot two LA County deputies in a surprise attack on a parked sheriff’s squad car. Officials asked people to help identify the gunman, offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The shooting came hours after protesters gathered to show dissent on the death of Dijon Kizzee, who was shot by team members of Sheriff’s Department.
Riots erupted in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Sunday hours after police fatally shot a man who authorities said was ’brandishing a knife over his head’ in a threatening manner. Videos emerged online that showed protesters outside the Lancaster Police HQ calling for accountability. The man shot was identified as 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz.