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Chicago pastor prays for repentance for whites ‘devaluing so many black lives’

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A white Chicago pastor offered a public confession on Monday for his “white bretheren and sisters” in the wake of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald at the hands of local police.

Footage aired by CNN on Tuesday shows Daniel Hill speaking through a megaphone at a rally as he described “the history of holding our people, our color, our kind as the epitome of most valuable, and of devaluing so many other people. Of devaluing so many black lives. None of us want to say it out loud, but we show it in the ways that our systems play out every day in our country.”

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Hill also prayed for repentance for “violent acts done in the name of racism,” identifying both McDonald and Rekia Boyd as victims of those types of acts.

“We repent of the apathy that has caused so many of us to sit on the sidelines and just watch in a bewildered state,” he said.

On Tuesday, he told CNN host Brooke Baldwin that he was asked to pray for repentance by a group of local clergy who organized the event.

“In the Biblical sense, when you repent, you’re supposed to change your actions,” he explained. “But even before you change your actions, you’re supposed to change the way you think.”

“Do you risk painting an entire race of people as racist?” Baldwin asked later in the interview. Hill responded by saying he was “much more concerned with systems and structures” than individuals’ behaviors.

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“I think this is where I get stuck in conversation with a lot of my white friends,” he said. “They’re so eager to show that they’re on the right side of this, and that they avoid anything that could sound politically incorrect or sound racist, and I’m like, ‘Great, I hope you do that. That’s only a small part of what is the problem.'”

Watch Hill’s prayer and his interview with Baldwin, as posted online on Tuesday, below.

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On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.

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White House decided to violate social distancing guidelines for journalists because it ‘looks better’: reporters

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President Donald Trump held a press briefing in the White House Rose Garden on Friday — and according to an official statement from the White House Correspondents Association, the event was inconsistent with the administration’s own social distancing guidelines.

WHCA President Jonathan Karl explained: “Today, the White House press office positioned seating for the president’s Rose Garden’ ‘news conference’ in a way that violated the federal government’s guidelines on social distancing and needlessly put reporters’ health at risk.”

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