Black Lives Matter

Politics • American • US
2020-07-10T06:00:02+00:00
"Black Lives Matter" mural painted outside of Trump Tower
Tweeted by Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message. #BlackLivesMatter"
Tweeted by Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message. #BlackLivesMatter" Credit: @NYCMayor via Twitter

New York City painted a large, yellow "Black Lives Matter" mural on the street just outside the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Activists and city workers were joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who authorised the mural earlier this month.

"Black lives matter in our city, and Black lives matter in the United States of America. Let’s show Donald Trump what he does not understand. Let’s paint it right in front of his building for him," so the mayor who helped paint parts of the mural.

Business • Media & Advertising
2020-07-09T19:30:02+00:00
NBCUniversal wants to increase diversity, starts "Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative"
NBCUniversal wants to increase diversity, starts "Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative"
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NBCUniversal has announced that in an effort to increase diversity and inclusion in its workforce, it is starting the "Fifty Percent Challenge Initiative". The initiative, which was sent out in a memo to employees at NBCUniversal News Group, calls to have a workforce made up of 50 percent people of colour and 50 percent women but the network has not included a timeline.

"We want to increase diversity and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera, and earn the trust of every community in America that relies on us for exceptional journalism,” so Cesar Conde, chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-09T09:30:01+00:00
George Floyd said "I can't breathe" over 20 times, body camera transcription shows
Screenshot of Police Body Camera Footage, filed in District Court State of Minnesota
Screenshot of Police Body Camera Footage, filed in District Court State of Minnesota Credit: Screenshot via NYTimes' Transcript Copy

On Wednesday, the transcript of former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane's body camera footage detailing the last minutes of George Floyd's life was made public. George Floyd told the police officers over 20 times that he can't breathe, crying out "Mama, I love you. I can't do nothing," and "Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead."

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who pressed his knee onto Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes, told Floyd at one point to "stop talking, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk."

The transcripts were released as part of a motion filed by Lane's attorney Earl Gray who seeks to have Lane's charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death dismissed.

Sports
2020-07-05T18:26:02+00:00
F1 drivers divided over support for Black Lives Matter movement as some drivers kneel and some do not
F1 drivers divided over support for Black Lives Matter movement as some drivers kneel and some do not
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Before the Formula One season-opening race in Austria, multiple drivers took a knee in support of the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police brutality.

While all drivers wore shirts stating "Black Lives Matter" or "End Racism", six drivers did not kneel and kept standing. During a virtual meeting, the drivers previously couldn't agree on a unanimous conclusion regarding taking the knee, making it an individual decision.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-05T15:00:02+00:00
Tou Thao, ex-officer charged in George Floyd's death, has been released from jail
Tou Thao
Tou Thao Credit: Facebook Reproduction

Tou Thao, a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death, has been released from jail after posting a $750,000 bond. He had been held on $1 million bail with no conditions or $750,000 with conditions.

Thao should appear in court on September 11 on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony, and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

Now only Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd's neck, is still in custody on $1.25 million bail.

Politics • American • US
2020-07-05T12:00:01+00:00
One woman killed, one seriously injured as car hits protesters on closed Seattle highway killing
One woman killed, one seriously injured as car hits protesters on closed Seattle highway killing
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Dawit Kelete, a 27-year-old man of Seattle, drove a car onto the closed I-5 freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, killing Summer Taylor and injuring Diaz Love.

According to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol, Kelete drove his Jaguar around vehicles that were blocking Interstate 5 and sped into the crowd about 1:40 a.m. (local time). A video taken at the scene by one of the protesters showed people shouting “Car! Car!” before fleeing the roadway.

The mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, tweeted: "No one should risk their life for demanding better from our city, state and country".

Politics • American • US
2020-07-04T13:16:02+00:00
Donald Trump speaks out against Black Lives Matter protests in Mount Rushmore speech
Donald Trump speaks out against Black Lives Matter protests in Mount Rushmore speech
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In his speech at Mount Rushmore president Donald Trump commented on the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality and racism.

He stated that "This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly" adding comments against people with other political views alleging that "In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance" and claiming that "If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted and punished".

He further addressed the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, stating: "This monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be defaced. Their legacy will never, ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten. And Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom."

Politics • European • Germany
2020-07-03T19:26:28+00:00
Berlin changes racist subway station name
Berlin changes racist subway station name
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The BVG, Berlin's public transport company, has announced that it would rename the subway station in the city centre named "Mohrenstraße" to "Glinkastraße".

The term "mohr" has been coined throughout colonial times and has a racist background as it was used as a medieval term for people from Northern Africa.

Activists had previously started a petition to rename the station and name-giving street, and had temporarily put up signs naming it "George Floyd Street".

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-07-01T15:30:02+00:00
Bristol Pub Named After Edward Colston Renamed 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface"
Former Colston Arms Pub asking for name suggestion on Facebook: "All suggestions welcome & encouraged. #theartistformallyknownas #blacklivesmatter #colstoninthdrink #pubbymcdrunkface" Credit: Facebook: Colston Arms

A Colston Arms Pub in Bristol, named after slave trader Edward Colston with the Royal African Company, has temporarily rebranded as 'Ye Olde Pubby Mcdrunkface'. The pub had previously placed a sign outside its doors that read "We are listening. Black Lives Matter."

"There hasn't been a lot of chatter about our name since the statue came down, but I thought we'd be inundated with suggestions. We thought we'd give the pub a temporary name to kick off some discussion about it and get the ball rolling," Paul Frost, Colston Arms' landlord, told Bristol Live. "Myself and pub owners Admiral Taverns are going to listen carefully to people's suggestions before settling on a new name," he added.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
2020-06-30T21:00:01+00:00
Netflix commits $100 million to support Black communities
Netflix commits $100 million to support Black communities
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The online streaming service Netflix has announced that it'll 2% of the cash that it holds in reserves into organizations and financial institutions to "directly support Black communities in the U.S". Netflix will move $25 million into a newly created fund that invests in "Black financial institutions serving low and moderate-income communities and Black community development corporations in the U.S." and is called the Black Economic Development Initiative. The initial commitment will re-allocate additional $75 million.

Sports
2020-06-30T12:10:02+00:00
Mercedes F1 team switches livery from silver to black in support of social struggles
Lewis Hamilston car for 2020 F1 Season
Lewis Hamilston car for 2020 F1 Season Credit: Mercedes AMG F1

As the first Formula 1 race of 2020 approaches this weekend, the Mercedes-AMG team have announced a new car livery.

The organisation commits to "fighting racism and discrimination in all its forms" as their ranks feature only 3% of people identified from minority groups and 12% women.

In a press release, the team stated: "the Black Lives Matter movement has shone a searching light on how much we need new measures and actions in the fight against racism and all forms of discrimination".

Business • Media & Advertising
2020-06-30T07:30:01+00:00
Ford, Adidas and Clorox join social media advertising boycott
Ford, Adidas and Clorox join social media advertising boycott
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Ford, Adidas and Clorox have joined a growing list of companies pausing social media advertising to take action against hate speech. Ford will not advertise on either Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter in the U.S. for the next 30 days. Clorox is pausing advertising globally on all Facebook-owned platforms until the end of the year, Adidas through July.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-29T11:00:02+00:00
Democrats call for California's John Wayne Airport to be renamed due to actor's racist views
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport Credit: Dave & Margie Hill / Kleerup (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The John Wayne Airport in California’s Orange County is the subject of a potential name change after the Democratic Party of Orange Country has passed an emergency resolution calling for the airport to revert back to its original name of Orange County Airport.

The resolution reads "The Democratic Party of Orange County condemnsJohn Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements, and calls for John Waynes’ name and likeness to be removed from the Orange County airport, and calls on the OC Board of Supervisors to restore its original name: Orange County Airport."

In a 1971 Playboy interview, John Wayne advocated derogatory views of African Americans, Native Americans and movies with gay characters. He even admitted to being a believer in white supremacy.

The final decision is up to the Orange County Board of Supervisors to make.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
2020-06-29T09:46:01+00:00
Beyoncé receives BET Humanitarian Award, urges people to "dismantle the racist and unequal system"
Beyoncé performing at Coachella
Beyoncé performing at Coachella Credit: Thephilipmicah / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

During Sunday's Black Entertainment Television Awards, Beyoncé received the prestigious Humanitarian Award of the Year and dedicated it to "all those who have been marching in support of racial equality." The award was presented by Michelle Obama, who praised the singer for her passion, accomplishments and activism. "To my girl, I just want to say you inspire me," Obama continued. "You inspire all of us."

In a pre-recorded acceptance speech, Beyoncé urges people to vote "like your life depends on it, because it does," and encourages voters "to change and dismantle the racist and unequal system."

Sports • Soccer
2020-06-28T20:06:02+00:00
Botafogo players 'take a knee' during a match in Brazil
Botafogo players 'take a knee' during a match
Botafogo players 'take a knee' during a match Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Players of Botafogo joined the Black Lives Matter movement and 'took a knee' during their first match after the Covid-19 pandemic paused all soccer competitions in Brazil.

Before the kick-off, Botafogo protested against the Federação de Futebol do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FERJ), that resumed the Campeonato Carioca tournament meanwhile Brazil still deals with a growing number of Covid-19 cases.

Sports • Basketball
2020-06-28T19:00:01+00:00
NBA to allow social justice messages over player names on jersey according to a report
NBA-branded basketball
NBA-branded basketball Credit: TJ Dragotta

The Athletic's Shams Charania has reported that the NBA and NBA Players Association are in talks of allowing players to replace their names on the jersey with social justice statements. After players and fans had voiced concerns that there are too many more significant things going on in the world to play basketball, the organizations are discussing how to make a statement to show the importance of these events and let players express their support.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-28T08:30:01+00:00
1 dead and 1 injured during Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville
"Say Their Names" sign at a BLM protests in D.C.
"Say Their Names" sign at a BLM protests in D.C. Credit: unsplash.com/Clay Banks

One man was killed and another person was injured during a peaceful protest in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday night. Protestors had gathered at Jefferson Square Park to demand justice for Breonna Taylor when a man fired over a dozen shots at the protestors. The park was cleared and closed by police so homicide detectives can conduct their investigation to identify the people involved with the shooting.

In a statement on Facebook, Louisville mayor Greg Fischer wrote he was "deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered."

Politics • American • US
2020-06-28T07:00:02+00:00
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
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The United States House of Representatives, in which the Democratic party has a majority, has passed a police reform bill named after George Floyd. The chamber voted 236-181 in favor of the bill, but Donald Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation. If the legislation would be put into law, police officers could be held personally liable for lawsuits, ban no-knock warrants and stop the cash flow of the military surplus towards the police. The Republicans in the senate are also presenting a reform bill, though the senate one is far less reaching.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
2020-06-26T08:06:01+00:00
Disney re-brands Splash Mountain ride in theme parks with black Disney Princess
Disney re-brands Splash Mountain ride in theme parks with black Disney Princess
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After a petition had called for Disney to re-brand the log flume ride Splash Mountain as the story told is based "in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes from the 1946 film Song of the South", the company has announced that their project Imagineers haven been working on a re-branding since 2019. The new story will incorporate the black princess Tiana from "The Princess and the Frog" a movie released in 2009 which fits into the theme of the park as the Splash Mountain ride is next to the New Orleans Square and the movie plays in the New Orleans bayou.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-25T14:30:02+00:00
Facial-recognition technology banned by Boston City Council
Flat Recognition Facial Face Woman System
Flat Recognition Facial Face Woman System Credit: teguhjatipras

The City Council in Boston has, in a unanimous vote, banned the usage of facial-recognition technology by the police. Councilor Ricardo Arroyo has stated that "It puts Bostonians at risk for misidentification", which is the reason why the technology has not been in use previous to the ban. The second Councilor, Michelle Wu, who co-authored the order with Arroyo said that "Boston should not be using racially discriminatory technology" as a study by the MIT found that facial recognition technology has a racial bias against people with darker skin.