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Civil Unrest

Coverage of conflict, disorder and hostility between civilians and authorities in Chicago, Illinois and the U.S.

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Lincoln-Douglas debates 2.0: Was Douglas ‘most important senator’ in U.S. history or ‘leading race-baiter?’ Or both?

George Buss, who plays Lincoln, and Tim Connors, who portrays Douglas, said they wanted to add some context to Douglas’ historical legacy before his likenesses are removed.

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New York City paints Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower

NY Mayor Bill De Blasio took part in the painting, posting a photo on Twitter of himself surrounded by people painting the yellow letters on the street.

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FBI investigates reported assault on Black man as hate crime

Vauhxx Booker said a group of men pinned him against a tree, shouted racial slurs and one of them threatened to "get a noose" at Monroe Lake near Bloomington over the Fourth of July weekend.

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Illinois man facing eviction over Black Lives Matter flag

A 22-year-old Illinois man said he received an eviction notice from First Site Apartments for not removing a Black Lives Matter flag that was hanging from his balcony.

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WNBA players to spotlight Breonna Taylor on jerseys

Players will also wear warmup shirts that read "Black Lives Matter" on the front and "Say Her Name" on the back throughout the season, the league and players’ union announced Monday.

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Outside agitators? Few arrested in Chicago after George Floyd’s death came from elsewhere

About three of every four people arrested in the period around the protests and looting — 1,847 — gave the police Chicago addresses, and 230 more were from the suburbs.

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NFL will play Black national anthem ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ before each Week 1 game

League officials also plan to honor victims of police brutality through elements such as helmet decals or jerseys.

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Split decision in COVID-19 rulings: Pritzker beats GOP in federal case but loses in downstate county challenge

In the downstate suit, state Rep. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia, and his attorneys fought hard to keep it in state court. And a Clay County judge ruled in favor of the legislator, according to the governor’s office. The ruling will be appealed.

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‘You broke my wrist!’ Police sued for taking down wrong man

Antonio Arnelo Smith, a 46-year-old Black man, says Valdosta, Georgia police used excessive force and violated his civil rights as he was slammed face-first to the ground. He was released after the police realized he was the wrong man.

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Black Lives Matter movement plans virtual national convention

Thousands of Black activists from across the U.S. will hold a virtual convention at the end of the summer to produce a new political agenda that builds on the protests that followed George Floyd’s death

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With a pen stroke, Mississippi drops Confederate-themed flag

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has signed a landmark bill that retires the last state flag bearing the Confederate battle emblem

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Feds, Chicago police seeking 18 people of interest relating to arsons during civil unrest

At least 53 fires destroyed businesses, cars and police department vehicles in neighborhoods from the West Side to the Loop and all the way to the Far South Side.

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Understanding Antifa: What do antifascists in Chicago want?

President Trump has declared that members of Antifa are terrorists. Local members say nothing could be further from the truth.

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Dump the Duke? Leaders push to remove John Wayne name, statue from California airport

Leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Party are pushing to drop film legend’s name, statue and other likenesses from the county’s airport because of racist and bigoted comments

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Mississippi moves to strip Confederate image from its flag

Lawmakers are taking steps to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

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Princeton to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from public policy school

The school has announced plans to remove the name of the former president from its public policy school because of his segregationist views, reversing a decision the Ivy League school made four years ago to retain the name.

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NWSL players collectively kneel during the national anthem

The players also wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS.

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John Carlos, U.S. athletes take stand to end Olympic protest rule

John Carlos and Tommie Smith were sent home for violating rules after they raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States.

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All ransacked Walmart stores in Chicago to reopen, most by end of July

Roughly 1,600 employees will be retained, and Walmart Health facilities will be added in stores in Austin and Chatham. Walmart’s decision signifies a $35 million to $50 million commitment, according to the mayor’s office.

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Newly vacant lot, once site of Ray’s Music Exchange mural, serves as powerful backdrop for state rep’s TED Talk

State Rep. Kam Buckner is one of a several speakers for the TEDxWrigleyville talks about humanity and leadership in the middle of a global pandemic airing Sunday. He filmed his in front a site made famous in "The Blues Brothers" that recently burned down.

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Biracial woman says she was set on fire by white men near Wisconsin protests; assault being investigated as hate crime

Althea Bernstein, 18, told police she heard someone yell out a racial epithet, looked around and saw four white men; one sprayed liquid on her face and neck and threw a flaming lighter at her.

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Colorado reopens inquiry into Elijah McClain’s 2019 death

Colorado’s governor has told the state’s top prosecutor to reopen the investigation into the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man put into a chokehold by suburban Denver police.

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‘This is what solidarity looks like’ on the South Side

Community organizer Berto Aguayo leads an effort to unite Latinos and African Americans.

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3 men indicted on murder charges in killing of Ahmaud Arbery

A prosecutor has announced that three men have been indicted on murder charges in the killing of a Black man in coastal Georgia.

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Louisville cop Brett Hankison fired for his role in Breonna Taylor fatal shooting

Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot by officers at her apartment on March 13 as they entered to serve a no-knock warrant.

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Black Catholics: Words not enough as church decries racism

There are rising calls for huge new investment in Catholic schools serving Black communities; a commitment to teach the complex history of Black Catholics; and a mobilization to combat racism with the same zeal the church shows in opposing abortion.

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A tipping point on ending racism, an opportunity to get things right

SNEED: After my more than 50 years in journalism, and 70-plus years as an American, change has been a long time coming. Now, let’s embrace it.

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Officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting to be fired

Mayor Greg Fisher said interim Louisville police Chief Robert Schroeder has started termination proceedings for Officer Brett Hankison.

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‘Antiracist Baby’ to be released in new picture book edition

It went on sale this week as a board book, part of a wave of works on race and racism that have been selling strongly as protests following George Floyd’s death spread worldwide.

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Police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks charged with felony murder

The Atlanta officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction is going to be charged with felony murder and 10 other crimes

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Chicago Police arrested more people for protesting than looting in early days of unrest, contradicting city claims

Just 20% of arrests during the first few days of unrest were for looting-related crimes, contradicting earlier statements by the CPD that looting made up the majority of arrests that weekend. 

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Video shows retired Chicago judge swinging at protester after Columbus statue defaced

The encounter, which took place Saturday in Little Italy, came during a heated argument about the Italian explorer and racism.