Despite segregation, racism, and misogyny, Katherine G. Johnson blazed a trail for scientists at NASA.
Sending heavily armed officers into routine police situations almost invariably inflames tensions and creates the very situation the intervention was supposed to diffuse.
[DIGEST: Huffington Post, NPR] On Wednesday, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott––the only black senator at the Republican conference and one of just two in the upper chamber––delivered a personal speech on the Senate floor addressing the “deep divide” between communities and law enforcement. In the course of one year as an elected official, Scott asserted, … Continued
[DIGEST: CBS, Associated Press] Two fatal police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota sparked protests around the country this week. All of these protests were peaceful demonstrations, except for Dallas where things quickly turned violent after shots rang out. Those present immediately took to Facebook and Twitter to record the events. Videos and live streams of … Continued
Summary: As surveys show that free and open societies are dwindling around the world, nations including Russia and China are presenting alternatives to democracy. Energetic and passionate political movements in American and the world are increasingly undemocratic, claiming that representative government cannot solve 21st century challenges.
[DIGEST: The New York Times, CNN-Wire, Vox] A group of armed men hostile to the federal government occupied a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Burns, Oregon, on Saturday night. The exact number of men is unclear: they claim to have over 100 on site; those on the scene believe it to be … Continued
In one of the country’s most racially divided cities, black activists worry that the police are in cahoots with white supremacists.
Five demonstrators were shot near a Black Lives Matter rally in Minneapolis on Monday. So far, two arrests have been made in connection with the attack.