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^Analysis: Trump stirs old racial hatred, but this time feels different<
^CAMPAIGN-TRUMP-RACE-ANALYSIS:LA—<Seemingly every time President Donald Trump speaks about race or what it means to be an American, he sparks outrage.
His purposeful use of divisive and inflammatory language to energize his political base isn’t new in American politics, though. It’s part of a legacy of racism going back to the country’s founding, when the authors of the Constitution gave slaveholders immense political power while allowing them to treat enslaved Africans as less than human.
“It taps into this racial resentment toward Black people that is deep-seated,” said Pearl Dowe, a professor of political science and African American studies at Emory University in Atlanta. “Politicians use it because it works.”
Trump’s tactics served him well in 2016, but they feel out of step in an election year that has seen a dramatic shift in the public’s attitudes about race.
1500 by Tyrone Beason. MOVED
^Advocates rally to tear down highways that bulldozed Black neighborhoods<
BLACK-NEIGHBORHOODS-HIGHWAYS:SH — As protesters in cities from Richmond, Virginia, to San Francisco toppled statues last month, urban planner Amy Stelly allowed herself to hope that New Orleans might soon fell its own worst “racist monument.”
For much of her life, Stelly, who is Black, has lived in the shadow of the Claiborne expressway, an elevated freeway built through the Trem , Tulane/Gravier and 7th Ward neighborhoods. She has fought to tear down the highway and restore this commercial corridor at the heart of Black New Orleans, but faced skepticism, indifference and inertia.
Now, as the nation reckons with other racist aspects of its past — with protests, in several prominent instances, on ’60s-era freeways much like the Claiborne — Shelly and other advocates around the country are intensifying their calls for city and state governments to remove the highways that destroyed Black neighborhoods.
1650 by Caitlin Dewey in Washington. MOVED
^For local Native Americans, a reckoning over hurtful images goes way beyond one South Philadelphia statue<
NATIVEAMERICANS-SYMBOLS:PH — When Stephanie Mach leaves her Philadelphia home, she often passes the Swann Memorial Fountain, with its three bronze Native American figures, in the heart of Logan Square.
What many people don’t know — but she does, as a scholar and activist of Din , or Navajo, descent — is that the square’s namesake, James Logan, was not just a colonial statesman and Philadelphia mayor. He was an architect of the infamous “Walking Purchase,” a scheme in which he and others swindled the original Lenape inhabitants out of perhaps a million acres of land in 1737.
As Philly officials begin renovation of Columbus Square, native peoples protest against honoring the explorer
Across the United States, the Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police violence have also ignited new discussions and demands over the use of Native images, symbols and mascots, and the future of monuments to men who harmed and killed indigenous people.
1950 by Jeff Gammage in Philadelphia. MOVED
^Fact check: Biden is right. Pay for home health workers is paltry<
^BIDEN-HEALTHWORKERS-FACTCHECK:KHN—<In a speech this month, former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, offered the third installment of a four-part economic plan being rolled out in advance of the Democratic National Convention in August. This set of proposals focused on caregivers — whether for children, older adults or people with disabilities — and is about “easing the squeeze on working families who are raising their kids and caring for aging loved ones at the same time,” Biden said.
His campaign’s sweeping set of initiatives, which represent a $775 billion expenditure in a variety of programs, aims to get significant traction among middle-class voters, whose struggles with caregiving issues have been exacerbated during the coronavirus pandemic.
800 by Stephanie Stapleton. MOVED
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