Because of the avoidable tragedy unfolding in Minneapolis, the focus of today’s Daily News is on inequality - of outcomes, opportunity, and even the basic right to life. To do anything else is to be complicit. As always, the headlines featured in this series are taken from the front pages curated by Newseum.org.
Black Lives Matter banner from Philando Castile protests, because this just keeps happening. Photo by Tony Webster, reused under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
As the situation in Minneapolis deteriorates, protesters entered and burned a police precinct as a reaction to lack of official response to the police killing of George Floyd. Ultimately, the protests are a reaction not only to the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed black man by police but to other recent high profile - consequence-free - killings of African American individuals. Protests - and police violence as a response - occurred in several other cities across the US last night as well.
Almost as soon as the Wisconsin moratorium on evictions ended, eviction filings immediately swarmed the state courts. Tenants’ rights advocates are inundated with calls from people facing eviction during this pandemic. Despite the obvious ongoing emergency, Republicans in the state legislature refuse to extend the emergency powers that allowed the governor to establish the moratorium in the first place, meaning it is likely that many will find themselves now homeless.
Los Angeles skyline at dusk, courtesy of Pixabay.com
COVID-19 continues to devastate the poorer areas of LA, in large part due to the fact that the residents of those areas are disproportionately likely to be unable to avoid infection due to circumstance. Essential workers do not have the luxury of staying home out of the line of infection, and are more likely to live in multigenerational homes which raises the odds of infections affecting a whole family.
As though it is a surprise, repeatedly viewing traumatic imagery - like watching someone who resembles you, who you identify with, being murdered - can cause severe psychological harm. Living in a society which does not respect your humanity and rights is traumatic, on par with other extremely severe traumas like surviving immense personal danger. Then, watching those traumatic events be dismissed and excused by broader society only ingrains the damage further. This cycle has measurable negative effects on the health - both physical and mental - of oppressed people.
Immigrants facing hearings and looking to naturalize are now left in legal jeopardy due to the shutdown of Citizen and Immigration Services. Since the US government has refused to cease deportations - including those of asylum seekers - during this time, many of these people now fear being ejected from the country during the pandemic and finding themselves in more danger than they fled in the first place. Even as other necessary functions of the court are carried out remotely, this is not true with immigration hearings.
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