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DeWine wants to help minorities and the poor, but he hasn’t always acted

BY: - June 3, 2020

As he deals with the twin challenges of civil unrest and a global pandemic, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine spoke passionately Tuesday about the need to address racial, economic and health disparities in Ohio. But while he listed a number of initiatives aimed at alleviating endemic problems in the black neighborhoods of Ohio cities and along […]

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Militarization has fostered a policing culture that sets up protesters as ‘the enemy’

BY: - June 3, 2020

The unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd after being pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has left parts of U.S. cities looking like a battle zone. Night after night, angry protesters have taken to the street. So too have police officers dressed in full riot gear and […]

‘People of color want freedom … from infection, freedom from death’

BY: - June 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts have told lawmakers across the country. Early evidence suggests there are elevated rates of infection and death from COVID-19 in African American populations and other communities of color. Nationwide, Black Americans are dying […]

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Yearning to breathe free, or just to breathe

BY: - June 2, 2020

Millions of Americans, it seems, feel as if they can no longer breathe. Through the first months of 2020, the novel coronavirus has choked the life from more than 100,000 of our countrymen and women. Disease-related shutdowns have choked 40 million more out of the workforce, changing the economic outlook for many — especially minorities […]

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Why cellphone videos of black people’s deaths should be considered sacred, like lynching photographs

BY: - June 1, 2020

As Ahmaud Arbery fell to the ground, the sound of the gunshot that took his life echoed loudly throughout his Georgia neighborhood. I rewound the video of his killing. Each time I viewed it, I was drawn first to the young black jogger’s seemingly carefree stride, which was halted by two white men in a […]

DeWine calls in Ohio National Guard to help with protests in Columbus, Cleveland while mayors invoke curfews

BY: - May 30, 2020

After a third day of protests filled the downtown Columbus streets, Gov. Mike DeWine deployed the Ohio National Guard as mayors across Ohio declared curfews Saturday night, with some establishing them for Sunday and Monday as well. DeWine also called in the National Guard for assistance in Cleveland. In a press conference Saturday, DeWine said […]