Virginia protesters topple Columbus statue

  • A statue of Christopher Columbus in Richmond, Virginia, was torn down by protesters. The statue was dedicated in December 1927, and had been the first statue of Columbus erected in the South.
  • New York’s state legislature is moving forward with police reform measures as the US Army, Navy as well as a number of other states look at measures they can take to address racial inequality.

  • Floyd’s death, after an officer who has now been charged with second-degree murder knelt on his

    • neck for nearly nine minutes, has triggered a US-wide debate on the future of law enforcement.

    Tuesday, June 9

    09:10 GMT – North Carolina city passes resolution to remove Confederate monuments: Report

    A city in North Carolina has unanimously passed a resolution to begin a removal process for its confederate monuments, news outlets reported.

    The joint action by the Asheville City Council and Buncombe County would establish a task force to recommend steps to remove or repurpose the monuments at the county courthouse and in the city’s Pack Square Park, WLOS-TV reported.

    The move comes amid national protests over the death of George Floyd that has seen Confederate monuments toppled and taken down all across the South.

    08:30 GMT – Lewis Hamilton on battle against racism: ‘only the beginning’

    Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said the recent global protests against racism “is only the beginning and there is so much change to come.”

    The British Mercedes driver wrote on social media that “these past few weeks, we’ve seen the world open its eyes to the realities of racism today.”

    While a lot remains to be done, Hamilton said, he wanted to “appreciate the positive steps that have been taken so far.”

    08:00 GMT – US dictionary to change its definition of racism

    The American reference dictionary Merriam-Webster will change its definition of the word racism at the suggestion of a young black woman, who wanted it to better reflect the oppression of people of color.

    Kennedy Mitchum, a recent graduate of Drake University in Iowa, contacted Merriam-Webster, which has published its dictionaries since 1847, to propose updating the term.

    “I basically told them that they need to include that there’s a systematic oppression upon a group of people,” she told the local CBS affiliate KMOV. “It’s not just, ‘Oh, I don’t like someone.'”

    Merriam-Webster’s editorial manager Peter Sokolowski confirmed to AFP that the definition would be modified after Mitchum’s request.

    07:50 GMT – ‘Cops,’ on air for 33 seasons, dropped

    After 33 seasons on the air, the police documentary series Cops has been dropped by the Paramount Network as protests against police proliferate around the world.

    “Cops is not on the Paramount Network and we don’t have any current or future plans for it to return,” a spokesperson for the cable channel said in a statement.

    The show had been pulled temporarily from the air in late May, when protests aimed at police over the death of Floyd began to gain momentum.

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