NBC’s Al Roker on Wednesday schooled colleague Megyn Kelly for her widely panned defense of putting on blackface for Halloween costumes.
Reacting to Kelly’s statement on Tuesday that wearing blackface on Halloween “was okay” when she was growing up “as long as you were dressing up as… a character,” Roker recounted the painful history of white people using blackface to subject black Americans to cruel, racist ridicule.
“While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country,” Roker said of Kelly’s comments. “This is a history going back to the 1830s — minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race. [It] wasn’t right.”
He also pointed out that blackckface isn’t just some relic of the ancient past, as it was still seen as acceptable to use during his lifetime.
“I’m old enough to have lived through ‘Amos and Andy,’ where you had white people in blackface playing two black characters, just magnifying the worst stereotypes about black people,” he said. “And that’s what the big problem is.”
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Al Roker on Megyn Kelly’s blackface apology: “While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country because this is a history going back to the 1830s. Minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.” pic.twitter.com/nt7YhCRU18
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards honors staffer who died from COVID-19
Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) offered a moving tribute to a member of his staff who died from COVID-19.
"On behalf of the first lady and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April, who succumbed to complications from COVID-19," he posted on Twitter, along with photos.
"She brightened everyone’s day with her smile and was an inspiration to everyone who met her," he continued.
"She lived her life to the fullest and improved the lives of countless Louisianans with disabilities as a dedicated staff member in the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs. April worked hard as an advocate for herself & other members of the disability community," he wrote.
Washington state nurses share shocking stories from their war against coronavirus
by Ken Armstrong and Vianna Davila
Nurses at one hospital in southeastern Washington state have alleged that, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they were ordered by supervisors to use one protective mask per shift, potentially exposing themselves to the novel coronavirus.
At another hospital, just east of Seattle, nurses had to use face shields indefinitely.
At a third hospital, on Washington’s border with Oregon, nurses reported that respirators were expired. The hospital responded, the nurses said, by ordering staff to remove stickers showing that the respirators might be as much as three years out of date.
‘His incompetence will cost lives’: Joe Biden goes after Trump on coronavirus in new 2020 campaign ad
Former Vice President is continuing to campaign for president in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting America.
On Saturday, Biden went after Trump on the issue of coronavirus testing.
"Where are the tests, Mr. President?" Biden asked.
Biden followed up with an online video warning that lives will be needlessly lost.
"His failure will cost lives," the video says. "His downplaying will cost lives. His incompetence will cost lives."