Protests, rallies and change followed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police. From brands promising they will diversify and donate funds to racial justice causes, to cities like L.A. being pressured to reevaluate the way policing should be funded and managed; here, we have tried to organize the order of events that have taken place throughout L.A. County and neighboring communities.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
A young black man named Robert Fuller was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale a few days ago. Officials say it was an apparent suicide. Fuller’s family objects, saying he was not suicidal or upset, and since there was no evidence to conclude a suicide occurred, could law enforcement please investigate his death as a homicide? They also ask for an independent autopsy. Thousands arrived in Palmdale to mourn the 24-year-old’s mysterious death.
In colorful ALL-CAPS, the words “All Black Lives Matter” are painted down Hollywood Boulevard, west of Highland in preparation for the All Black Lives Matter rally and march to be held Sunday celebrating the Black LGBTQ community.
Allegations that ABC News executive Barbara Fedida has an extensive history of insensitive comments arise. The network places her on administrative leave as it investigates the troubling accusations.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
At least 30,000 people march along a route that stretches from Hollywood & Highland to Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards for the All Black Lives Matter rally.
Some journalists have used terms like “internal uprising” to describe their anger over racial inequity at the Los Angeles Times. Scores have participated in intense internal debates over the newspaper’s coverage of recent protests and hiring practices, to the point that senior editors have weighed in, promising to listen and learn. “I would say in the case of black journalists, that we do not have enough journalists in positions where they are able to help us tell stories that really need to be told,” L.A. Times executive editor Norman Pearlstine told NPR.
In Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, an alleged family court supervisor used profanity as he tore down BLM materials from a fence on public property.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
The defunding of the LAPD seems to be gaining momentum in the L.A. City Council:
Louisiana Senator John Kennedy argues that a Senate amendment to remove the names of Confederate leaders on military property “picks on the South unfairly.” “I think history will show that in the 18th century, in the 19th century, and well into the 20th century, there were many non-Confederate generals, soldiers and others, in both the South and the North who practiced racial discrimination, anti-Semitism and misogyny,” Kennedy said. “I don’t think we ought to just pick on the South.”
The University of Virginia will change recently updated logos used in athletic competitions to remove design aspects that refer to landmarks on campus associated with the school’s history of using slave labor. The university’s previous logo — a large “V” placed above crossed sabers — was updated on April 24, with the added details to the grip of the sword handles meant to “mimic the design of the serpentine walls” found on campus. Those original walls, built in the 1820s, were designed by university founder Thomas Jefferson to muffle the sounds of and hide from view the slaves who toiled on campus. Those walls were later removed and replaced with shorter versions in the 1950s.
The L.A. Times editorial board on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: If [he] wants to be taken seriously when he says that the league is listening to players, that it acknowledges the struggles of Black Americans and that it wants to “improve and go forward,” the place to start is by ensuring Colin Kaepernick has a job again as an NFL quarterback.
Justice is blind? In about 72% of the cases reviewed, prosecutors used their peremptory challenges to remove Black prospective jurors, according to a UC Berkeley study. Prosecutors struck Latinos in about 28% of the cases, Asian Americans in less than 3.5% and white people in only 0.5%.
An innocent bystander driving her car ended up spending nine days hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai after an LAPD-fired projectile, likely a 40 mm hard foam round, struck her after it flew in through her open window. She is suing the department for $10 million. A 2017 analysis of 1,984 people struck by rubber or plastic bullets found that 3% were killed and 15% permanently injured.
Aunt Jemima is going through a makeover “to make progress toward racial equality.” The parent company of Quaker Oats, Pepsico, which has owned the Aunt Jemima brand since 1926, announced it will drop the smiling mammy image, which was popularized in minstrel shows after the Civil War and first used to pitch pancake mix and syrup in 1890. “While work has been done over the years to update the brand in a manner intended to be appropriate and respectful, we realize those changes are not enough,” Quaker’s CEO said.