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The racist history of Trump’s “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” tweet
US President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office before signing an executive order related to regulating social media on May 28, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images Several prominent segregationists have used the phrase while cracking down on black protesters since the civil rights era. On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump attempted to backtrack on a tweet that appeared to threaten violence against black Americans protesting the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Earlier in the day, Trump insinuated that he would bring in the military to quell any violence or looting if the situation wasn’t brought under control by Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Tim Walz soon. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” the president tweeted Friday. Twitter flagged the tweet for violating its rules against inciting violence. About 13 hours later, Trump tried to walk back the phrase on Twitter by claiming he meant that when looting starts, people end up getting shot. “Looting leads to shooting, and that’s why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night - or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot,” he tweeted. ....It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement. It’s very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media. Honor the memory of George Floyd!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020 Trump tried to brush off those criticizing his use of the phrase as “haters” who are “looking to cause trouble.” Notably, he did not try to walk back the use of the slur “thugs” in the same tweet. This change of course — and refusal to admit such change — is an attempt by the president to gaslight the American public. Nowhere in his original tweets did he mention anyone getting shot. He also threatened to bring in the military to get the uprising under control. The phrase, as many people on Twitter noted Friday, has racist origins dating back to the civil rights era. It was first said by then-Miami police chief Walter Headley in a December 1967 press conference announcing a new, tougher policy for policing the city’s black neighborhoods. 1/ This line in Trump’s tweet: “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”... is a quote from Miami Police Chief Walter HeadleyIn Dec 1967, months before riots at GOP Convention in Miami, Headley used that quote to announce “get tough” policy for policing black neighborhoods— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) May 29, 2020 “This is a war,” Headley said at the press conference in response to a recent rise in crime in the city. “We have the weapons to defeat crime. Not to use them is a crime in itself.” Headley put in place an oppressive police regime, which included what we now call “stop and frisk” policies, extensive officer use of shotguns, and police dogs. “We don’t mind being accused of police brutality,” he was quoted as saying in the New York Times at the time. “They haven’t seen anything yet” The brutal new tactics did initially result in a drop in crime, so much so that they were favorably cited in a House Select Committee report on Martin Luther King Jr.’s death (a portion of which blamed King for his own murder) in 1978. But resentment over the oppressive police policy led to riots in the city after King’s death, and again in 1980 after a black man, Arthur McDuffie, was beaten into a coma by a white Dade County police officer. Though Healey is often given credit for the phrase, professor Clarence Lusane of Howard University told WBUR that the phrase may have first been said by Eugene “Bull” Connor, a segregationist public safety commissioner in Birmingham, Alabama, who ordered the use of police dogs and fire hoses against black protesters. Segregationist former Alabama governor and presidential candidate George Wallace also reportedly used the phrase. Trump has a history of such tactics; several weeks ago, he claimed his comments about injecting disinfectant to kill Covid-19 were “sarcasm.” At a news conference in 2019, he lied so often — about everything from Labor Secretary Alex Acosta’s involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein case to whether Article II of the US Constitution gives him unlimited power — that Vox’s Aaron Rupar called it a “master class in gaslighting.” This is the same president who flipped back and forth about white supremacist marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, saying there were “very fine people” among both the marchers and the counterprotesters. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
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Trump says Twitter misunderstood his tweet about looters and shooting
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“We’re a country with an open wound”: Joe Biden condemns the police killing of George Floyd
Former Vice President Joe Biden participates in the 11th Democratic presidential debate in Washington, DC, on March 15, 2020. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images The presumptive Democratic nominee called for every American to grapple with the country’s systemic racism. In a livestream on Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden called for justice for George Floyd and pressed the country to grapple with the violence that black people face on a daily basis in America. “It’s time for us to face that deep open wound we have in this nation,” Biden said. “We need justice for George Floyd. We need real police reform.” Biden’s comments came in the wake of the police killing of 46-year-old Floyd, who died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him down by the neck for more than seven minutes. The incident, which was filmed by bystanders, has since sparked massive protests in Minnesota and in multiple cities across the country. On Thursday evening, some protesters in Minneapolis broke into stores and set fire to the Third Police Precinct, where the officers who were involved in Floyd’s death worked prior to being fired. President Donald Trump responded late Thursday evening with a tweet in which he appeared to call for violence toward the protesters, though he later attempted to walk back his remarks, saying what he meant was that “looting” could lead to violence. In his remarks, Biden both pushed back against Trump’s original comments and urged unity among Americans. “This is no time for incendiary tweets. It’s no time to encourage violence,” he said. “We need to stand up as a nation, with the black community, with all minority communities.” Throughout his statement, Biden emphasized the United States’s longstanding problems with racial discrimination and violence, and how it stems from the country’s “original sin” of slavery. “The same thing happened with Arbery, the same thing happened with Breonna Taylor, the same thing with George Floyd. ... It’s a list that dates back more than 400 years, black men, black women, black children,” he said. Biden, who himself has faced scrutiny for the role that he played in authoring the 1994 crime bill — which has been widely viewed as contributing to the disproportionate incarceration of people of color — emphasized that all members of the country needed to weigh the discrimination that black Americans experience. “I believe it’s a duty for every American to grapple with it, and to grapple with it now,” he said. “If we simply allow this wound to scab over once more, without treating the underlying injury, we’ll never truly heal.” Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
George Floyd's death in Amy Klobuchar's home state renews scrutiny of her criminal justice record
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A Virginia Church Pivots to Drive-in
On Sunday morning in Sandy Level, Virginia, about an hour southeast of Roanoke, upbeat gospel music blares from speakers as cars pull past the sign that advertises the drive-in church. Churchgoers tune into 87.9 FM and honk their horns in greeting.This isn’t a usual weekend, but Sandy Level Baptist Church is no stranger to unconventional forms of worship. Every summer Sunday from May until September, the clergy holds “boat church”: Pastor Kendell Smith ministers to a floating congregation from a dock on a nearby lake. When Virginia went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, the pastor didn’t skip a beat; the next Sunday, the drive-in service was up and running.“I’m thankful for this building, but it is just a building,” says Smith in a new documentary from The Atlantic. “If something happened and we couldn’t have the drive-in service, we would do something different. But we’re still going to continue being the church.”Other houses of worship facing state shutdowns have started similar drive-in services and video live-streams, or else closed outright. For some, the mandatory stay-at-home order has been a contentious issue. The Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Chincoteague, Virginia, sued the state for infringing on its free exercise of religion after its pastor was issued a criminal citation for holding an in-person service. The Justice Department filed a statement of interest in support of the church, and Attorney General Bill Barr has urged prosecutors nationwide to keep an eye on state orders that infringe on constitutional protections.Smith, however, makes sure to remind his congregation that they are blessed to be able to gather, even if the circumstances are unusual. “I’d rather be inside this church like we normally are. But guys, listen, we’re not suffering,” he declares to an audience of cars. “We’re not gathered together somewhere, whispering in hushed tones, fearful that someone’s going to hear and the government’s going to come and arrest us.”While Smith speaks, a young girl peers out of the skylight of her great-grandparents’ car. Another church member has set up a lawn chair from which to film the service on his cellphone. At least one churchgoer is confirmed barefoot, several others suspected.As Virginia begins to reopen, the church has started phasing services back into its building. For those who would rather continue to drive in, the speakers are out and the transmitter is on.
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