Race Issues
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Trump defends monuments on July Fourth

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/04/20, 11:59 pm

Shortly after President Donald Trump extolled Christopher Columbus in an Independence Day speech in Washington, rioters in Baltimore pulled down a statue of the Italian explorer and threw it in the city’s Inner Harbor. As anti-racist activists call for the removal of monuments to Confederate generals and slaveholders, many are also targeting statues of Columbus because of his mistreatment of indigenous people.

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The trouble with traffic stops

Law | Multiple studies point to racial disparities in policing across the U.S.
by Jenny Rough
Posted 7/02/20, 04:57 pm

Prosecutor Tom Kidd was working for the city of Dayton, Ohio, when he observed a troubling pattern in the cases that crossed his desk. “I noticed there were a lot of turn signal violations,” Kidd says. Police officers were issuing the minor traffic infractions in only one region of the city, a predominantly black area. No white, middle-class drivers were being pulled over for turn signal violations.

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Sharon Dierberger

More than a pharmacy

Business | Looters and arson in the Twin Cities destroyed a beloved neighborhood drugstore, but owner Jim Stage is confident God works in the restoration business
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/02/20, 04:43 pm

They shattered display windows and the glass front door and rushed in, swinging crowbars and golf clubs, grabbing merchandise, and throwing chairs. Many of the hundred-plus looters made a beeline behind the counter, yanking bottles and packages of prescription drugs off the shelves. They destroyed what they didn’t steal, and all evening groups of mostly young men tramped in and out, snatching and smashing. Then several of them looked up and spray-painted over the surveillance cameras, and Jim Stage’s screen went blank. 

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