President Donald Trump's Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has become the latest flash point in the country's ongoing reckoning with systemic racism after widespread criticism of the timing and location of the event.
Trump had initially planned a campaign rally in Tulsa on Friday but later rescheduled to Saturday after learning about the significance of Juneteenth. The city is also where a white mob destroyed the "Black Wall Street" in 1921.
“The president said he was coming on June 19,” the Rev. Al Sharpton said at a Tulsa event Friday to boos from the audience, saying Trump's admission showed he was “not qualified” to represent the country as a head of state. Sharpton also called Trump “insensitive and isolated,” especially when “he was born and raised in New York, where two-thirds of New York is Black and Latino.”
Friday night also brought controversy over a curfew surrounding the event. Tulsa officials rescinded a curfew after Trump spoke with the city’s mayor. Instead a "secure zone" established by the U.S. Secret Service will be used.
A closer look at some recent developments:
Late Friday, protesters in Washington, D.C., and in Raleigh, North Carolina, topple Confederate statues.
Ex-Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who faces 11 charges in the death of Rayshard Brooks, was reprimanded for firearm misuse among 12 incidents in his disciplinary records.
In Louisville, the police department is firing officer Brett Hankison, one of three officers to fire weapons at the apartment of Breonna Taylor, who died after being shot eight times.
What we're reading today: Eskimo Pie, Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben's and Cream of Wheat are changing. Are the Washington Redskins next?
And there's this: When people talk about systemic racism, they mean systemic: impacting institutions, policies and outcomes across all aspects of Black Americans' lives. Here are 12 charts that show how racial disparities persist across wealth, health, education and beyond.
Coronavirus surges aren't linked to protests, USA TODAY analysis finds
The United States has seen new coronavirus cases climb from about 21,000 a day the last week of May to nearly 23,000 a day this week. Positive tests and, in some places, hospitalizations have spiked, too, leading many to wonder if a change in behavior caused outbreaks in states such as California, Arizona and Florida.
But neither protests or more people leaving home explain the surge of new COVID-19 cases, a USA TODAY analysis of counties with at least 100 cases has found. Residents of counties with growth of 25% or more over the previous two weeks left their homes at the same rate as people in counties without a surge of new infections, according to cell phone location data compiled by the company SafeGraph.
And large protests were as common in counties without outbreaks as in others – although those events could have seeded the virus broadly, and could still lead to outbreaks. Read more here.
- Matt Wynn and Jayme Fraser
Trump says feds 'ready, willing, and able' to take back Seattle from protesters
President Donald Trump says the federal government is "Ready, Willing & Able" to help Seattle if asked in "taking back" the city from protesters.
In a Friday night tweet, the president was apparently referring to protesters setting up the self-patrolled "Capitol Hill Organized Protests," or CHOP, zone, in a Seattle neighborhood after police abandoned their east precinct during demonstrations.