President warns ‘agitators, looters or lowlifes’ will be treated more harshly than they have been in liberal-run citiesThousands celebrate Juneteenth with anti-racism marchesOfficer involved in shooting of Breonna Taylor to be firedOklahoma officials ask Trump for plan to keep rally safeSign up to our First Thing newsletter 9.06pm BST Trump once bragged that he hires only the “very best” people. If that is the case, NBC Peter Alexander asked at the press briefing, why doesn’t he have anything nicer to say about the people who leave his White House?“Why does the president keep hiring people who are dumb as a rock, overrated, way over their heads, whacko and incompetent?” Alexander asked..@PeterAlexander: "Why does the president keep hiring people who are dumb as a rock, overrated, way over their heads, whacko and incompetent?"@PressSec: "...he likes the model of having a Team of Rivals, like with what we saw in President Lincoln's administration." pic.twitter.com/BPKXqKukWY 8.27pm BST The Guardian’s Nina Lakhani has been talking to attendees at a Juneteenth celebration in Harlem. She sends this dispatch:In Harlem’s Marcus Harvey Park, the Freedom Day event is very much a celebration of African history, cultural and identity in America. The event was opened with a simple spiritual ceremony which included the burning of fragrant sage to encourage positive energy and ward off negative vibes.“Africa is where we are all from. We built this country, our forefathers and mothers fought for us, it’s their legacy, and we have to build on that foundation,” said Tashi Selassi, 47, a holistic healer originally from Antigua who has loved in Harlem for 30 years. “It’s about our youth we’re fighting because we don’t want to feel that they’re not free. Black power, black movement, black repatriation, one black love.”An African drumming ensemble got the party started and people were quickly on their feet and dancing. It was a majority black crowd, but as organizers were keen to stress, today is about one people, one love.Brian Jones, 40, a tech worker, originally from Atlanta, is spending the say wandering between several events and marches. He first heard about Juneteenth at high school, since when he’s mostly celebrated the holiday with friends and families. Continue reading...
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Melania, Eric and Tiffany Trump expected to appear TuesdayRepublicans argue only Trump can save AmericaWisconsin police...Melania, Eric and Tiffany Trump expected to appear TuesdayRepublicans argue only Trump can save AmericaWisconsin police fire teargas during protests over Jacob Blake shooting503 US deaths and 40,309 new coronavirus cases yesterdaySign up to our First Thing newsletter 1.56pm BST The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that it has spoken to Jacob Blake’s father, and that Blake is paralysed from the waist down after being shot multiple times by the police in Kenosha at the weekend. Jacob Blake Sr says doctors don’t yet know if the injury is permanent.“What justified all those shots?” his father said. “What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?”His father said there are now “eight holes” in his son’s body, and he’s paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors don’t yet know if the injury is permanent. 1.48pm BST LeBron James has spoken out on the latest police shooting to spark Black Lives Matter protests, that of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. James says:I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as black people in America. Black men, black women, black kids, we are terrified. If you’re sitting here and telling me that there was no way to subdue that gentleman or detain him or just before the firing of guns, then you’re sitting here and lying to not only me, but you’re lying to every African American, every black person in the community. Related: 'Men, women, kids, we are terrified': LeBron James condemns latest police shooting Continue reading...
Speaking in Tulsa, Okla., a day after the Juneteenth holiday, the president mocked the coronavirus that...Speaking in Tulsa, Okla., a day after the Juneteenth holiday, the president mocked the coronavirus that has killed 121,000 Americans and claimed he wanted to slow down testing.
Juneteenth, once an obscure, informal holiday celebrating Black freedom, is now bigger than it’s ever been....Juneteenth, once an obscure, informal holiday celebrating Black freedom, is now bigger than it’s ever been. It commemorates when the last enslaved people in Texas, the final Confederate state, were set free on June 19th, 1865. Today, on this year’s Juneteenth, countries around the world are reckoning with anti-Black…Read more...