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Protests rage for seventh night

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/02/20, 04:41 am

Police used tear gas, flash-bang grenades, and low-flying military helicopters to clear out protesters who defied curfews across U.S. cities on Monday night. In the Chicago suburb of Cicero, at least two people died during the protests, the town spokesman Ray Hanania confirmed. Authorities have arrested at least 5,600 people nationwide since the unrest began over the death of African American George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.

How are state officials trying to quell the unrest? In Birmingham, Ala., workers started to remove a Confederate monument on Monday night that protesters tried to knock down the night before. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said the state fine of removing the obelisk is more affordable than the city’s continued unrest. On Monday evening, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer fired the city’s police chief after officers shot and killed a popular restaurant owner earlier in the day.

Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s column on how to respond to the protests.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Tue, 06/02/2020 12:22 pm

    Why does this all look like a communist uprising? Very bizarre. I think most of the riots now have nothing to do with George Floyd but more to do with America-hatred. 

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Tue, 06/02/2020 12:27 pm

    I think this is the opportunity anti-American communists have waited for to kick the US while it is weakened. These terrorists care nothing about black Americans. They just want to steal, kill and destroy.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 06/04/2020 05:38 pm

    I think you are right, but don't overestimate their numbers or strength. 

    We who love and want to preserve our Nation still vastly outnumber the antis. The majority in the USA live good lives and have no reason to revolt. Revolutions require much larger numbers of angry discontented people. And most of us can still see that poor people who want to improve their lives have plenty of opportunities if they apply the effort. Could anything be greater proof of that than the huge numbers of immigrants who have come here with literally nothing  and built good lives for their families?  And despite the fact they still face instances of racism, I also believe the 95% of African-Americans who have jobs, live responsibly, and raise their kids to do the same, do share the belief that opportunity awaits those who make an effort.

  •  burningheart's picture
    Posted: Tue, 06/02/2020 04:19 pm

    Greetings:  Here is a link to an OPB (PBS) article concerning Monday’s activities in Portland and other cities in Oregon.  It is a positive account and notes the youth of most involved.  -- Ron Rohman

    When dealing with racial injustice we must not just focus on the police.  We need to remember that banks, mortgage companies, city, county, and state governments, real estate brokers, employers from various businesses both large and small, medical facilities, etc. have been responsible as well.

    Posted: Tue, 06/02/2020 10:47 pm

    Hmmm ... I wish the Oregon photojournalist had the correct date. What is so terribly ironic is that the original tragedy occurred on Monday, May 25 -- Memorial Day!

    I'm also reminded of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations and protests -- that also began peacefully.

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Wed, 06/03/2020 04:30 pm

    When the word "justice" is used, I think, "law". What laws are encouraging or allowing racial injustice? I'm not saying people don't discriminate, however, where I live (Oregon), being non-white is actually a  benefit. You are more likely to get certain jobs or accepted into higher education if you are not white (and maybe Asian). I'm not saying certain racial minorities don't statistically fare worse than other racial groups, I'm just not yet convinced that is the result of ingrained racism in the culture. There is definately more nuance than that happening.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 06/02/2020 10:02 pm

    The issue is never the issue, the issue is always the revolution. BLM, LQTBQ+++, hate Trump, George Floyd, immigration, Occupy Wall Street, feminism, climate change, etc. are all one.

    Now everybody keep your eye on the bouncing ball ...

  • not silent
    Posted: Wed, 06/03/2020 04:08 pm

    I'm afraid I disagree that "the issue is NEVER the issue."  (And, to be honest, I don't understand how all the things that were listed are "all one.")

    I have personally posted online about racial inequity and about Mr. Floyd's death; and, for me, it WAS about justice regarding Mr. Floyd and others who have died.  My family posted on Facebook for "blackout Tuesday," and for them, it WAS about speaking out for justice.  I read a first-hand account from a protestor in Manhattan (a friend of someone else in my family), and she WAS marching for justice in the case of Mr. Floyd and others.   

    There are some people who make everything about politics and who will seize any opportunity to promote their agendas, there are others who thrive on chaos and disorder and who will use the pain and anger of others to sow disorder, there are opportunists who will take advantage of disorder for personal selfish motives, and there are people who want to burn our country to the ground; but not everyone fits these groups.  This is a large and diverse country. 

  • Nanamiro
    Posted: Wed, 06/03/2020 04:35 pm

    I agree. I think they may start out with good intentions, but ultimately they always come down to promoting division in America. America is intrinsically bad and needs to be destroyed, or dramatically reshaped. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 06/03/2020 02:21 am

    Maybe I'll go take part in a protest in my area tomorrow. I'll carry a sign that says "Dave Patrick Underwood, Say His Name!"

    No one should object to that, if the protests really have anything to do with the unjust deaths of African-American men. 

    Surely all will recognize that his life, like George Floyd's, had value; that he will, like Floyd, be greatly missed by his family and friends; that his death, like Floyd's, was an undeserved injustice. 

    That is, if the protests really have anything to do with Black men dying needless violent deaths.