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LBN Examiner 9/20/2020


The his-and-hers California federal prisons where a judge has agreed to send Lori Loughlin and her husband to serve their upcoming sentences in the college admissions scandal are hardly Alcatraz. Both are low-security slammers within two hours of their $9.5 million mansion in a gated community west of Los Angeles. If approved by the federal Bureau of Prisons, Loughlin’s new gated community will be the “Satellite Camp” of the Federal Correctional Institution in Victorville. The camp offers yoga, pilates and origami, as well as music lessons, including classes in saxophone, accordion, or ukulele, according to the facilities’ inmate handbook. Cartoon drawing, crochet, leather craft and ceramics are also on offer. During her stay, the “Full House” star could also learn skills for a new career if her acting career is never revived — including how to drive a forklift, repair bicycles or be a dental assistant, the handbook advises.


Instagram is the worst social media network for mental health and wellbeing, according to a recent survey of almost 1,500 teens and young adults. While the photo-based platform got points for self-expression and self-identity, it was also associated with high levels of anxiety, depression, bullying and FOMO, or the “fear of missing out.” Out of five social networks included in the survey, YouTube received the highest marks for health and wellbeing and was the only site that received a net positive score by respondents. Twitter came in second, followed by Facebook and then Snapchat—with Instagram bringing up the rear.

The #StatusOfMind survey, published by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society for Public Health, included input from 1,479 young people (ages 14 to 24) from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. From February through May of this year, people answered questions about how different social media platforms impacted 14 different issues related to their mental or physical health. There were certainly some benefits associated with social networking. All of the sites received positive scores for self-identity, self-expression, community building and emotional support, for example. YouTube also got high marks for bringing awareness of other people’s health experiences, for providing access to trustworthy health information and for decreasing respondents’ levels of depression, anxiety, and loneliness.


New York state prison officials put a reputed MS-13 gang member back on the streets — even though the feds ordered him held on a murder charge that carries the death penalty. Ever Morales-Lopez, 26, was granted early parole for a 2018 conspiracy conviction on Long Island and released from the medium-security Washington Correctional Facility in Comstock on Sept. 3, records show. But a federal arrest warrant for Morales-Lopez was lodged with the state after he was indicted in July, along with seven other reputed MS-13 members, on racketeering charges that cover six murders, two attempted murders and a kidnapping conspiracy, a law enforcement source familiar with his case said.

The warrant was supposed to ensure he was transferred to federal custody to await trial instead of being sprung, the source said. Instead, the FBI didn’t learn Morales-Lopez had been freed until Sept. 8 — five days after he was cut loose. But members of the FBI-Long Island Gang Task Force were able to track him down and bust him within 12 hours, the source said.


The results of a recent Gallup poll show that Americans are rejecting “wokeball” in massive numbers. The poll shows a 30 point shift in how Americans perceive the sports industry year over year. The favorability rating went from +20 to -10 from the period of Aug. 1-14, 2019 to the period of Jul. 30-Aug. 12, 2020. The numbers dropped 46 points among Republicans, 36 points among Independents, and 5 points among Democrats. Gallup polled 1,031 Americans from all 50 states to determine their results. They found that favorability ratings declined across the board. The numbers dropped 15 points among the 18-to-34 demographic, 44 points among the 35-to-54 demographic, and 29 points among the 55+ demographic. They dropped 24 points among men and 34 points among women. They are down 26 points among white Americans and 35 points among non-white Americans.


Pope Francis strayed from his prepared remarks at his weekly Sunday Angelus overlooking St. Peter’s Square to scold his critics for gossiping, calling it a “plague worse than COVID” that seeks to divide the Catholic Church. The pope did not mention any specific factions, but there are groups who strongly dislike this pope, and in some cases even refuse to recognize him. He talked at length about the devil being the “biggest gossiper,” trying to divide the church with his lies. “Please brothers and sisters, let’s try to not gossip,” he said. “Gossip is a plague worse than COVID. Worse. Let’s make a big effort: No gossiping!”


Rochester Police Department (RPD) officers have been given permission to cover up their names displayed on their tags to avoid harassment from left-wing protesters, who are screaming out their home addresses, kids’ names and schools, and making taunting calls to their parents in front of them. They are also spreading personal information about the cops via social media. “The past couple of months officers names have been researched by protesters to put personal information out to the public, putting the safety of their families in jeopardy,” said a statement from RPD Chief La’Ron Singletary, who announced his resignation earlier this week.

“Officers have been allowed to remove their name tags in an effort to prevent their personal information from being spread on social media,” Singletary added. Local radio show host and journalist Bob Lonsberry posted via Twitter on Thursday: “Peaceful protesters have stood outside the [Rochester] Public Safety Building, read an officer’s name off his uniform, tracked him down on their phones, and called his parents to taunt them. Or held up the phone to show the officer his home address and threaten to come after him there.


Actress/ Host Elizabeth Stanton, is now engaged to her boyfriend, or shall we say fiancé, Jacob Mayberry. The couple has been dating for about 3 ½ years. They live in Los Angeles with their two dogs, Hank & Ruby, who are also the stars of Elizabeth’s new series, “World’s Funniest Animals” premiering Friday, September 18 on the CW Network. They were engaged in Monaco on September 2, 2020.

“We are incredibly happy and looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together!” Elizabeth said. The couple was in Monaco helping to create a new environmental educational channel. Jacob is a television producer and President of Production and Events for Popstar!TV. Since 2017, Jacob has been producing TV series, documentaries and independent dramas for Associated Television Int (ATI). That same year, ATI partnered with Popstar! Magazine. Jacob has been the Vice President overseeing all operations and transforming Popstar! from a well-known magazine brand, to an all-encompassing media powerhouse. Creating a platform around its brand that includes radio streaming, digital magazines, daily news, weekly TV shows, media partnerships, and over 600 hours of content.

POPSTAR!’s ever-growing audience of 8.2+ million are engaged throughout their media platforms and their website generates over 500,000 weekly visitors. With their print and digital magazines, they reach over 385,000 households 6 times a year. POPSTAR!’s streaming radio station reaches 147,000 listeners a day with their streaming media, of over 800 hours of content, reachig an audience over 500,000 monthly. Their TV programs reach 3 million and include specials, such as the annual prime time POPSTAR!’s “Best Of” on The CW. POPSTAR!’s social media engagement reaches over 4.2 million people a month.*EXAMINER – A LOOK BACK:

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in 1976, the year her book “The Hite Report” helped awaken women to their sexual power and advance the Second Wave of feminism.


  The maker of Mountain Dew and other caffeinated soft drinks now wants to sell consumers a beverage that will help them relax and drift off to sleep. With tastes shifting away from sugary drinks, PepsiCoInc. is about to start selling a beverage with L-theanine, which is an amino acid and FDA-approved supplement used for relaxation and usually found in green teas. Named “Driftwell,” the product was developed to ease angst and restlessness, according to Emily Silver, PepsiCo’s vice president of innovation and capabilities for North America. “The need for relaxation has only increased during the pandemic,” Silver said. The new drink is part of what the company calls a “functional” category of beverages that aim to help consumers with specific needs. With competition high and consumer interest in flagship soft drinks waning, beverage companies are exploring new formats. Coca-Cola Co., for example, is testing a new alcoholic drink based on the popular Topo Chico mineral water. And the industry is delving into drinks enhanced with CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabis ingredient that companies say promotes relaxation without the high produced by marijuana.


Since clubbing is out of the picture…maybe a game of bridge? To celebrate the Oracle of Omaha’s 90th birthday tomorrow, we’re running down a few of Buffett’s greatest hits over the years. 1942: At the age of 11, Buffett purchases his first stock: three shares of Cities Service preferred. Trust us, it was a lot harder without Robinhood. 

1956: Instead of having a quarter-life crisis, the then-25-year-old forms a partnership with seven investors, putting down $100 of his own money.

1959: Buffett pens his first letter to partners.

1983: A single share of Berkshire Hathaway stock passes $1,000.

1991: Warren Buffett, then 60, meets Bill Gates, then 35. Much later, Buffett partners with the Gates Foundation to give away most of his wealth.

2006: A single share of Berkshire Hathaway stock hits $100,000.

2018: On cryptocurrency, Buffett warns, “Generally, I can say with almost certainty that they will come to a bad ending.” 

2020: In his annual letter to shareholders, Buffett says, “Berkshire shareholders need not worry: Your company is 100% prepared for our departure.” Berkshire executives Ajit Jain and Greg Abel are most likely to succeed him.


A majority of Americans believe the media is vital for democracy, but see an increasing level of bias in news coverage, a new report from Gallup and the Knight Foundation found. About 84% of Americans said the news media is “critical” or “very important” to democracy, according to the report. However, 49% of those surveyed see “a great deal” of political bias in news coverage. “Most Americans have lost confidence in the media to deliver the news objectively,” said Sam Gill, Knight’s senior vice president and chief program officer. “This is corrosive for our democracy.” A survey of LBN Examiner readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries including: England, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, France, Israel, South Korea among others found LBN Examiner “fearlessly independent” and “unbiased”. “If you want to straight, the unvarnished, truth, LBN Examiner is the real deal,” said long-time reader and Professor at Oxford University, Dr. J.D. Seamus.
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  It’s actually the toothbrush holder. In a study in 2011 on household germs, conducted by the global public health and safety organization NSF International, researchers tested 30 surfaces—six of which were in the bathroom—in 22 homes for the presence of bacteria, yeast and mold. While 27% of toilet seats contained mold and yeast, 64% of toothbrush holders did. Of the toothbrush holders, 27% had coliform (an indicator of potential fecal contamination) and 14% had staph. “The toothbrush holder often has many of the factors germs need,” says Lisa Yakas, a microbiologist at NSF International. “It is dark, damp and not cleaned as frequently as it should be.” But that doesn’t mean you should freak out about your germy bathroom, says Sean Gibbons, an assistant professor at the Institute for Systems Biology, a nonprofit research institution in Seattle. Coliform tests detect fecal contamination, but coliforms are not usually pathogenic.


*WHAT’S UP by Sarah Garcia:
  ***Detroit Chief of Police James Craig blamed lawmakers for caving to “protest pressure” and calling for an investigation into his police force’s tactics for handling protests and riots in the city. Craig appeared on Fox News and slammed Michigan lawmakers, as well as elected mayors in major U.S. cities where rioters have smashed, looted, and burned while police have taken heat for alleged misconduct. Elected officials such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have pushed for an investigation of Craig’s handling of recent protests.   ***A staggering 63% of Portland voters view Mayor Ted Wheeler unfavorably, a new poll found. The poll also found that 59% of voters felt that Portland was headed in the wrong direction, according to The Oregonian. Out of all issues facing Portland, homelessness was listed as “extremely important” more often than any other issue. City voters also expressed strong support for the Black Lives Matter movement – 76% of respondents viewed the movement favorably while 22% did not.   ***The spread of “cancel culture” in newsrooms — declaring people henceforth “canceled” from society owing to ideological disagreements — is nothing new. Look no further than the hysterical reaction to Senator Tom Cotton’s New York Times op-ed urging government to use its authorities under the Insurrection Act to “restore order to our streets” amid riots and looting. Newsroom activists flooded Twitter, objecting to its publication. The opinion editor was forced out. And the Times attached a note at the top of the op-ed (nearly 40 percent as long as the piece itself) apologizing for daring to publish the opinion of a sitting U.S. senator.


    By one of the largest majorities ever registers in an international LBN Examiner reader poll, 91% of readers in all 50 of the United States and 26 foreign countries feel current K-12 schools, colleges and universities are failing to provide students with a proper understanding of American history and government – including an understanding of the purposes and principals of the American Constitution. “In the last 30 years, I am forced to give American schools an “F” in teaching students about the true history of its government.” Said Harvard University professor Dr. Jonah Berger.


  Legendary blues musician Buddy Guy along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.


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U.S. government debt is on track to exceed the size of the economy for the 12 months ended Sept. 30, a milestone not hit since World War II that has been brought into reach by a giant fiscal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to report on Wednesday that federal debt held by the public is projected to reach or exceed 100% of U.S. gross domestic product, the broadest measure of U.S. economic output. That would put the U.S. in the company of a handful of nations with debt loads that exceed their economies, including Japan, Italy and Greece.

Borrowing BingeU.S. government debt is expected to exceed the size of the economy for fiscal year 2020.U.S. federal debt as a share of GDPSources: Office of Management and Budget, The surge in borrowing so far isn’t creating angst among investors or hampering the U.S.’s ability to borrow more. Investors have gobbled up U.S. Treasury assets, drawn to their relative safety. Moreover, interest rates are expected to remain low, suggesting the government still has plenty of room to borrow. By another measure, the U.S. passed the mark in the April to June quarter, when government spending surged to combat the new coronavirus and tax revenue plunged.

But this would be the first time in more than 70 years for it to do so for the federal government’s full fiscal year. The last time the U.S. debt level exceeded economic output was in 1946, when it stood at 106% after years of financing military operations to help end the second World War. “The problem, of course, is spending. More and more and more and more and more spending. The promises of “free” stuff come with a price tag and are not free! Even a relatively bright 10-year-old knows that.” said a Washington insider who has worked for both political parties. “People in government, in both parties, are like really bad alcoholics. They simply can’t stop themselves from spending. Ever!” 


It probably won’t take a great deal of persuasion to convince investors that there’s an “age of disorder.” That’s the title of a new Deutsche Bank research note, which says the world is entering its sixth distinct era of modern times. So say goodbye to the “era of globalization” and brace yourself for the “age of disorder” where millennials, firmly established as the generation of ‘have nots’, take their revenge and redistribute wealth from the old to young. Millennials are usually defined as those between the ages of 22 and 38 years old in 2019, according to Nielsen Media Research.
  The note by strategist Jim Reid warns the discussion of inequality within and between countries will not be limited to wealth and income. “In fact, an issue that is quickly emerging as a political force is the intergenerational gap,” the report says. “Assuming life does not become more economically favourable for Millennials as they age (many find house prices increasingly out of reach), this could be a potential turning point for society and start to change election results and thus change policy.”


Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly criticized Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) Tuesday for saying she was “proud” of Jacob Blake during a meeting with him in Kenosha, Wis. “PROUD of him? He’s accused of breaking into a sleeping woman’s house, sexually assaulting her, humiliating her & later returning to harass her,”  Kelly tweeted. “Then the cops she called for help say he resisted arrest, assaulted them & went for his knife. How about a word for his victim, Senator?”


A groundbreaking discovery in Australia is giving new meaning to the term natural remedy. Using hundreds of honeybees, a new study reveals the venom in these insects’ stingers quickly kills breast cancer cells. Dr. Ciara Duffy says honeybee venom destroys multiple types of breast cancer, even the hard to treat triple-negative variety. The study in the journal npj Precision Oncology finds honeybee venom not only eradicates these cancers, it also breaks up a cancerous cell’s ability to reproduce. The venom also contains a compound called melittin which researchers say helps this natural remedy stop the disease with remarkable speed.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are noticing an alarming trend in the illegal drug trade: Methamphetamine is flooding across the border at an all-time high, and officers say the coronavirus pandemic has affected its prevalence and price tag. “They’re in business to make money, so [the cartels] are still looking for every possible way to get narcotics across,” Tucson field office Director of Field Operations Guadalupe Ramirez Jr. said. While battling the coronavirus pandemic, Border Patrol agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said they’ve been working nonstop to intercept illegal drug activity at the U.S.-Mexico border. In Tucson, Ariz., officers said they’ve seen a recent spike in meth and fentanyl at the southern border.

“We’re actually the smallest field office but we’re normally number two or three when it comes to narcotics seizures,” Ramirez said. “Where other locations have seen meth really go up, we’ve seen fentanyl go up here, but we’re still, out of the four southwest border field offices, we’re still number three in meth seizures. So, they’re still very high.” Officers say in all, the total volume of meth seized is almost double than last year with still a couple months left to go in the fiscal year. In fact, the volume of meth seized has been increasing annually for several years. In fiscal year 2019, the Office of Field Operations seized some 68,585 points of meth nationwide, compared to 118,153 pounds so far this year.

In Laredo, Texas, meth seizures have been happening almost daily. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted shipments containing methamphetamine with an estimated street value of over $29.8 million in two enforcement actions at the World Trade Bridge back in August. A few days later, at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, they seized additional meth totaling over $3.3 million in street value. “Supply and demand, you know, as we hit their supply line, the demand is still there, so the price goes up,” Ramirez said.


For $17,000, an imported 1995 Japanese Toyota Hilux fire truck can be yours. “This particular unit features ladder and hose racking, a slide-out pump tray in the bed, cargo basket, and two spot lights on the driver’s side,” reads an ad, one of many on Craigslist right now, hawking private fire trucks in California. The devastating 2020 wildfires, sparked by an unforgiving dry lightning storm in August amid a soaring heat wave, left over one million acres of California torched, and the state’s fire services dangerously depleted of firefighters, trucks and other resources. It should probably come as no surprise that worried residents would start to look into DIY fire protection, but the market for fire trucks on Craigslist right now is unprecedented. NPR reports that a Sacramento company called Vans From Japan is cashing in on the demand by buying up trucks from Japan and making money selling them in on California, and they’re using Craigslist to offload the vehicles.


  A woman whose picture was once on the ‘Most Wanted List’ in Franklin County, Alabama is so grateful to the officer who arrested her, that she is giving him a kidney. Jocelynn James was addicted to opioids and supported her drug habit by stealing and breaking the law. Between 2007-2012, Officer Terrell Potter arrested her multiple times. Now, the woman is saving Potter’s life because she believes he saved hers—by helping her turn it around. Last November, the former police officer learned that his kidney was failing, but doctors said the waiting list meant that a replacement organ was 7-8-years away. As soon as Ms. James saw the Facebook post about Potter needing a kidney, she said she heard God tell her right then to donate her organ—and as fate would have it, the two were a perfect match. The surgery was performed a month and a half ago, and all went extremely well. Ms. James currently runs a non-profit organization that provides drug counseling to women, and this November she will celebrate eight years sober.


  Popping a Tylenol for that nagging headache may do more than just provide some pain relief. A new study finds that taking acetaminophen may also cause an individual to take greater risks than they would otherwise. Researchers at The Ohio State University conducted a series of experiments to see how the popular pain reliever affects decision making. While we often hear warnings about how acetaminophen can affect the liver, this latest side effect may give thrill-seekers reason to pause. In one experiment, researchers had 189 college students take 1,000 mg of acetaminophen, the suggested dosage for a headache. Some students were unknowingly given a placebo instead of the drug.

Once the medication kicked in, participants were given a list of various events and then rated each one on how risky they thought it was. Results show that students who’d taken acetaminophen viewed “bungee jumping off a tall bridge” or taking skydiving classes as less risky than those given a placebo. Similarly, “speaking your mind about an unpopular issue in a meeting at work,” switching careers in your mid-30s, and walking home alone at night in a high-crime area were also seen as less risky by those in the acetaminophen group.


  • MGM Resorts will lay off 18,000 workers who had previously been furloughed.
  • Herbalife, the nutritional supplement maker, agreed to pay $123 million to settle charges it conducted a bribery scheme in China.
  • Zoom is now worth more than Boeing, GM, Ford, and Starbucks after shares gained 41%. 
  • Bumble, the dating app, is reportedly prepping to go public early next year.


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*WHAT’S UP by Sarah Garcia:
  *** The counterculture has become the culture. And that is both a tragedy and a travesty. There can be no future for a country in which standing for the national anthem is considered gauche, while kneeling is considered heroic.

*** Rutgers University has now jumped on the “grammar is racist” train, with the school’s English Department declaring proper grammar is part of white supremacy because students of “multilingual, non-standard ‘academic’ English backgrounds” are allegedly disadvantaged. The Washington Free Beacon reported that the department “will change its standards of English instruction in an effort to ‘stand with and respond’ to the Black Lives Matter movement. In an email written by department chairwoman Rebecca Walkowitz, the Graduate Writing Program will emphasize ‘social justice’ and ‘critical grammar.’” 

*** The mayor’s office of Washington, D.C. (a Democrat) made national news by releasing a list of monuments and memorials in Washington that should be “removed, replaced, or contextualized.” Among them are the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and Columbus‘ statue at Union Station.*THINK FREELY – BE INDEPENDENT – MAKE UP YOUR OWN (DAMN) MIND: READ LBN EXAMINER


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  Actress and political activist Jane Fonda along with 12 members of the White House staff, 3 Nobel Prize winners, over 100 Academy Award winners, 6 U.S. Senators, and over 300 Grammy Award winners.


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Dozens of news outlets published content that either justified or explained away rioting and looting in the initial weeks of unrest following the police custody death of George Floyd in late May, a independent review found. While President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have both condemned rioting and looting, major news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC have appeared to downplay the unrest that has gripped American cities in the months following Floyd’s death, in one instance describing a scene as “mostly peaceful” as fires raged in the background. But as the violence broke out in American cities in late May and June, dozens of news outlets provided a platform for commentators, professors and activists who not only acknowledged that rioting and looting were taking place, but sought to either justify the violence as a valid protesting technique or as a form of righteous rebellion against an unjust system.

Here are 31 articles, opinion pieces, interviews and news segments published in the media in the first three weeks following Floyd’s death that pushed narratives that either justified or explained away the rioting and looting as it started to break out in American cities.

Narrative 1: Rioting is patriotic, and it works
A common narrative pushed in the media as violence broke out across the United States in late May was that rioting is a quintessentially American activity with a storied history of bringing about positive change. Rolling Stone was among the first outlets to push the message on May 29 when it republished a story originally published in 2014 during the Ferguson riots titled “9 Historical Triumphs to Make You Rethink Property Destruction.”

The “historical pedigree of property destruction as a tactic of resistance is long and frequently effective.” argued the article, which was co-authored by Jose Martin, a known alias of a Washington, D.C. Antifa leader who currently faces multiple felony charges in connection to a mob attack against two Marines in 2018. Like many of the articles that pushed this narrative, the Rolling Stone story cited the 1773 Boston Tea Party as proof of the positive change rioting can bring about.

“Workers had produced that tea, capitalists had risked investment on it, and it was not the colonists’ to destroy, but they said ‘fuck property rights’ and did it anyway,” the Rolling Stone article states. “Today’s conservatives don’t seem bothered by this inconvenient history, though, because think of the dress-up opportunities!” Rolling Stone editors added a note to the story when it was republished that stated: “Protests erupted in Minneapolis, and have since spread across the country. Once again, some are criticizing the destruction of property as somehow equal — or worse — than the destruction of lives.”

On May 31, as footage rolled of looters pillaging a store in Los Angeles, CNN host Don Lemon reminded viewers that the United States was started because of the Boston Tea Party rioters. “So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that,” Lemon said. “This is how this country was started.” “Our country was started because, the Boston tea party. Rioting. So do not get it twisted and think this is something that has never happened before and this is so terrible and these savages and all of that. This is how this country was started”

Other news articles, opinion pieces and interviews published in the weeks following Floyd’s death that suggested rioting was either effective, patriotic or both include:

Narrative 2: Rioting and looting are valid protesting tactics against police brutality.

Many articles that addressed rioting in the aftermath of Floyd’s referenced Martin Luther King Jr’s famous 1967 speech in which the civil rights icon said, “a riot is the language of the unheard.” King in that same speech also called rioting “socially destructive and self-defeating” and pledged to “continue to condemn riots, and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way.”

Arwa Mahdawi
, a columnist with The Guardian, used King’s quote to argue in a piece titled, “If violence isn’t the way to end racism in America, then what is?” that suggested violence was the only remaining option on the table to end police brutality in America. “[King’s] speech was 53 years ago and America still isn’t listening,” Mahdawi wrote. “The uncomfortable truth is that sometimes, violence is the only answer left. We like to pretend otherwise, which is why civil rights movements are often conveniently sanitized.”

Chicago Tribune columnist and editorial board member Steve Chapman also questioned whether black people can affect change without resorting to violence in a piece titled, “If riots are not the answer, what is?” “Impossible to justify, yes,” Chapman said of the riots in late May. “Impossible to understand? Not at all. Police have participated in a quiet riot against black people for generations.” “I find the destruction tragic, unnecessary and counterproductive,” Chapman wrote.

“But if I were a black person living in Minneapolis, I might feel enough anger and despair to take part.” “Rioting may not bring about the changes that would establish genuine equality for black Americans. But neither has anything else,” he concluded. Other articles that suggested that rioting and looting were valid protesting techniques include:

Narrative 3: These aren’t violent riots. It’s an uprising.

A third narrative that arose in the days and weeks following Floyd’s death came in the form of articles that suggested it’s incorrect to describe violent scenes of rioting and looting as such. Other articles and commentary suggested that destroying property isn’t actually an act of violence. Teen Vogue columnist Jenn M. Jackson said the terms “rioters” and “looters” were negative terms used to ‘delegitimize” movements in a June 11 piece titled, “Don’t Let Them Bad-Mouth Rebellion or Riots: How We Name Movements Matters.” “These words matter,” Jackson wrote.

“The negative associations of these terms have an impact on how we think about these demonstrations, just as the terms like ‘uprising’ and ‘rebellion’ offer ways to think about these protests as good trouble.” “When marginalized people respond to injustice, it is the duty of those in power to sit down, be quiet, and listen to what they have to say without dictating the terms of whose language is acceptable,” Jackson concluded. “Whether that expression comes in the form of peacefulness, anger, rage, or violence, it’s all justified. It’s time to focus on the message instead of the medium.”

TIME published an article on June 8 titled, “‘A War of Words.’ Why Describing the George Floyd Protests as ‘Riots’ Is So Loaded,” that said the word riot “connotes meaningless violence… But it also has a racial dimension in the U.S., as a term that’s long been used (by white people) to drum up the image of black people wreaking senseless chaos in cities.”

The article quoted multiple college professors who proposed other terms such as “uprising” and “rebellion” to describe the early George Floyd protests. Harvard associate professor Elizabeth Hinton told TIME that she prefer the term “uprising” because it “really captures the fact that the violence that emerges during these incidents isn’t meaningless, that it is a political expression, and it is communicating a certain set of demands.”

University of California, Berkeley School of Law professor John A. Powell, who according to TIME does not capitalize his name because it’s a slave name, said he prefers the term “demonstration” to the term “riot.” “Riot suggests pandemonium,” powell said. “What’s happening across the country and across the world is a call for justice, a call for police accountability, for the recognition that black lives matter too … Rioting detracts from all of that.”

Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones said on June 2 on CBS News that while it was “disturbing” to see property destruction, “destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.” “To use the same language to describe those two things is not moral,” Hannah-Jones said.

Other articles that suggested that it was wrong to describe scenes of rioting as such, or that property damage isn’t violence, include:


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Aurora DeRose


Prominent entertainment P.R. firm (representing *58 Academy Award winners *34 Grammy Award winners *43 New York Times best-sellers) seeks two virtual (digital) interns for summer 2020. Work from home. 20 flexible hours a week for 13 weeks. Must be smart, very reliable, resourceful, tech-savvy and hungry. Incredible opportunity to learn about the entertainment and media world. 

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