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Michelle Alexander blasts the racism inherent in using cops to enforce coronavirus rules

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Prof. Michelle Alexander blasted society for the injustices revealed by the disparate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes interviewed Alexander, who is the author of the bestselling 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, about the use of police to enforce coronavirus rules.

“If you use law enforcement, you’re going to — I guarantee — extend, exacerbate, and replicate inequalities in the already broken criminal justice system,” Hayes explained while introducing the interview.

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“Well, you know, as you indicated earlier, what we’re witnessing now is egregious but it’s nothing new,” Alexander explained. “What we’re talking about is the persistent devaluation black life and I hope we can see the similarities between Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery.”

“I hope we can see the similarities between drug law enforcement and social distancing enforcement.

“You know, as the drug war was kicking off we were told that mass arrests of impoverished black people were necessary because illegal drugs were so harmful — so harmful to our people and our communities that police must throw us in cages if we’re caught with them and then discriminate against us for the rest of our life,” she noted. “This was the answer to drug addiction in black communities. Meanwhile, white kids using and abusing illegal drugs — often at higher rates — were heading off to college.”

“Now we’re being told that because the government is so incredibly worried about us dying from COVID-19, that they’re going to arrest those without masks. Not all of us, but some of us, throw us in cages where we’re far more likely to contract the virus and potentially die,” she explained. “Meanwhile, there are videos of the police handing out face masks to white people sunbathing in groups on the lawn in city parks in clear violation of social distancing rules.”

“So we’re in a moment in which it’s glaringly clear yet again that black lives don’t really matter,” Alexander explained. “But of course, black people aren’t the only ones who are suffering in these times, and so the question is whether we are willing collectively to develop a politics of deep solidarity and stand up for one another across the lines of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and class — and raise our voices to defend the most vulnerable in these times.”

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Veteran dismayed after witnessing the ‘pageantry patriotism’ of Trump supporters firsthand

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In an article first published at TomDispatch.com, US Army strategist and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Danny Sjursen, wrote about President Trump's recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma -- a rally he attended along with a contingent of anti-Trump veterans.

Among his observations at the rally was its version of patriotism.

"I’ve never seen so many representations of the Stars and Stripes in my life, classic flags everywhere and flag designs plastered on all manner of attire," he writes. "Remember, I went to West Point. No one showed the slightest concern that many of the red-white-and-blue adaptations worn or waved strictly violated the statutes colloquially known as the US Flag Code."

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Trump campaign delayed rally to avoid ’embarrassment’ — not because of New Hampshire’s weather: Ex-RNC head

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President Donald Trump postponed his New Hampshire rally due to weather concerns, former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele thinks that's a bogus excuse.

Saturday's rally at a Portsmouth airport will be rescheduled for later after forecasts called for storms early in the day, with a 20 percent chance of rain by evening, but new reporting suggests the Trump campaign was concerned about attendance.

"Carol Lee and her team are reporting that some White House officials are saying, 'We don't need another Tulsa,'" said MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

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Trump’s New Hampshire rally is an act of ‘biological warfare’: Portsmouth police commissioner

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President Donald Trump's planned rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been postponed -- and one public official in the city says that holding it would have been an act of "biological warfare."

Appearing on CNN with host Kate Bolduan, Portsmouth Police Commissioner Stefany Shaheen outlined her concerns about having a large crowd of rowdy Trump supporters gathered into a tight space this weekend.

"I definitely took notice when you called the rally that is set for tomorrow as 'biological warfare,'" Bolduan said. "What is your biggest concern with the president holding a rally in your city tomorrow?"

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