UK hijacked by extremist and incompetent PM
London authorities urged protesters to stay home, for fear of clashes between far-right and anti-racism groups. Boris Johnson defended Winston Churchill’s legacy, saying the UK could not “edit or censor” the past.
“I was just trying to exercise,” he said. “It could have easily turned into another situation if I wasn’t who I am. And the point is that being black in America is just that, being black in America. Other people can’t level with the same fears I have. Leaving the house, we should not have to fear going to the grocery store, going to get some gas, running down the street. It’s called human civility. That’s what it is. It’s called being a human. That’s why everyone is out protesting. Corona put us in the house, and George Floyd took us out of it.”
Source: Saturday Night Live alum Jay Pharoah says LA police kneeled on his neck | US news | The Guardian
Rhodes’ imperialism gave rise to a pattern of settler colonialism in Southern Africa predicated on racial domination in political, economic and social spheres. In Rhodesia, 8 million disenfranchised black people eked out a living at subsistence level or below it, while 250,000 white people, barely 3% of the population, owned more than half of the country’s available land, and virtually all of its business and industry, before independence from colonial rule in 1980. Education, healthcare and housing were all segregated, with white people enjoying levels equivalent to those in western Europe or the United States.
Rhodes’ statue, then, is no mere physical artefact. It is imbued with a noxious history.
Source: As one of Oxford’s few black professors, let me tell you why I care about Rhodes | Simukai Chigudu | Opinion | The Guardian
Nursing home employees and other healthcare workers are going to extraordinary lengths for masks, gowns and essential materials
A nursing home worker in New Jersey cut a deal for gowns in a parking lot. A clinic director in Florida awaited midnight deliveries of tens of thousands of masks. A South Carolina cardiologist tried to buy ingredients from Lithuania to mix his own hand sanitizer.
Medical shortages in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, have left many healthcare workers in a desperate hunt for medical supplies. Community clinics, nursing homes and independent doctors, in particular, find themselves on the fringe of the supply chain for masks, gowns, gloves and ventilators. Desperate administrators wire money to offshore banks to acquire supplies.