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White women saunter around in hoodies to prove Tennessee mall’s policy targets black people

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Four white women went to a Tennessee shopping mall wearing hoodies to test a hunch about racism — and they were disappointed to be proven right.

A former journalist was arrested for recording video last week that shows police escorting four black men outside Wolfchase Galleria for wearing hooded sweatshirts, reported WHBQ-TV.

Kevin McKenzie, a black former reporter for The Commercial Appeal, started recording the incident after watching a white security guard tailing the group of young men like “he was a cat after mice.”

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“For reasons I didn’t hear, one young man in what appeared to be a nylon blue and white jacket with a hood that was not on his head was handcuffed by a Memphis officer and led away as my video rolled,” McKenzie said. “That’s when a black sheriff’s deputy approached me and told me I also was breaking the mall’s rules.”

McKenzie, who was issued a misdemeanor citation, told police the mall’s policy was discriminatory, but the Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group that owns the shopping center said the policy was intended to ensure public safety so employees and security cameras can see the faces of anyone at the property.

But several white women decided to test the policy — and found they could walk around the mall wearing hoodies, even with their hoods pulled over their heads.

“It just struck a chord on us that we could do that,” said Sherry Ennis, one of the women. “We could walk through there, we could take pictures, we could wear whatever we wanted.”

Another woman, Shannon Arthur, posted the results of their experiment on social media, and said security guards asked them to pull down their hoods but let them remain on the premises.

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“Sometimes our hoods were up, sometimes our hoods were down,” Arthur wrote. “If a security guard spotted us with our hoods up, they very politely asked us to take them down. One guard said it was because they need to be able to identify everybody’s faces. So we said, ‘Sure,’ took them down, walked on, and put the hoods back up a bit later. Repeat. No threats. Point made.”

McKenzie told the TV station he never saw the young black men with their hoods pulled over their heads before police got involved, and Ennis said she and her friends had proved a point.

“We’re not against law enforcement no rules at all, but if they’re enforced equally, I’m up for that,” Ennis said. “We made a total point that it’s not enforced equally.”

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WATCH: Franklin Graham tells Jeanine Pirro coronavirus pandemic is because of people sinning

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Franklin Graham blamed sinners for the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic during a Saturday night appearance on Fox News.

Host Jeanine Pirro noted the growing death toll and wondered how God could let that happen.

"Well, I don't think it's God's plan for this to happen," Graham said.

"It's because of the sin that's in the world, judge," he argued.

"Man has turned his back on God, we have sinned against him, and we need to ask for God's forgiveness and that's what Easter's all about," he continued.

"This pandemic, this is the result of a fallen world that has turned its back on God," he added.

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Drought causing water shortage amid coronavirus crisis in Chile

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With historically low river flows and reservoirs running dry due to drought, people in central Chile have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic.

Years of resource exploitation and lax legislation have allowed most reservoirs in that part of the country to run dry.

"There are now 400,000 families, nearly 1.5 million people approximately, whose supply of 50 liters of water a day depends on tankers," Rodrigo Mundaca, spokesman for the Movement for the Defense of Water, the Earth and the Protection of the Environment, told AFP.

One of the main pieces of advice to protect people against coronavirus is to wash your hands regularly.

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Trump warns of ‘tough week’ ahead — after the United States surpassed 300,000 coronavirus victims

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US President Donald Trump warned Americans on Saturday to brace for a "very horrendous" number of coronavirus deaths in the coming days as the total number of global fatalities from the pandemic soared past 60,000.

As confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 300,000 with more than 8,300 deaths, there was some encouraging news in Italy and Spain.

Europe continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, however, accounting for over 45,000 of the worldwide deaths, and Britain reported a new daily high in fatalities.

There are now more than 1.17 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world and there have been 63,437 deaths since the virus emerged in China late last year.

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