Wasn’t that bad after all (neue-deutschland.de)

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“That’s it already. Can you see it. Wasn’t that bad, was it? ”The policeman gives me back my passport. He’s grinning. I don’t feel like laughing. Almost everyone entering from Greece would be checked, he says. I look demonstratively forwards and backwards. The only person who is stopped by the four officers and asked in English where I am going is me. From where I come. Where I live. What I’ve done abroad. Then it’s my travel companion’s turn. Wasn’t that bad after all.

This meeting was only a few weeks ago. What do I feel in such situations – anger, sadness, or humiliation? – I haven’t remembered for a long time, because I’ve developed an automatic mechanism for this: I ask why I am stopped, what the reason for the check is and whether others are also checked. After the inspection, I like to stand in sight and see if anyone else is stopped. So also on that day.

I am being watched by the officers. A short time later, they stop a couple. Both PoC, People of Color, so phenotypically non-white Germans. I can tell from their passports that they are German, at least on paper. That’s it So the four of us. The only non-whites from the plane. Nothing new. Another check out of numerous. They are so many. And yet I can remember almost all of them. Even those in my childhood. The one on the border with Denmark, when my father had to get out and sheepdogs searched our car. The one at Hamburg Central Station when I was out with my brother. The one at Mannheim Central Station. The one at the Berlin train station. The ones at every airport. The one on our doorstep.

And these are just the ones we saw before September 11th. After the terrorist attacks in 2001, racial profiling, i.e. unprompted identity checks based solely on external characteristics, achieved a special quality. General suspicion came with the raster search in the early 2000s. The logic: All Muslims and those who look like Muslims are terrorists or could be terrorists. Be that as it may, police checks are appropriate. Better safe than sorry.

With that, many lost their voices. And although we knew what was happening, we lacked the words. After all, it was about security. But who is protecting us? We can’t rely on the police. We’re too foreign for that. Too migrant. Too black. Too poor. We have nothing that is worth protecting. Not even our life. The NSU has proven that to us. And hall. And Hanau. And the NSU 2.0.

“We shouldn’t complain. Don’t provoke, ”said my mother. She grew up in London in the 1970s. She knows racist violence, whether by skinheads or the police. It’s 2006. We want to go to the train that will take us to her sister in Copenhagen. Officials have already followed us at the train station. They see which train we’re getting on, secure the exits and then go straight to my brother. They search him. There are at least 15 other people in the car. But the officers are only interested in my brother. When my mother calls her sister after the check-up to tell her in English, in a whisper and a shaky voice, what has just happened, the person in front of her turns around, rolls his eyes, puts a finger on his mouth and says, “Now but that’s enough. Wasn’t that bad after all. “

Wasn’t that bad after all. And actually I think to myself: yes. Wasn’t that bad after all. Maybe we were just lucky? But what about Oury Jalloh? Or Achidi John, Christy Schwundeck, Yaya Jabbi, Amad Ahmad or Mohamed Idrissi and the more than 160 dead who, according to the organization Death in Custody, have been victims of institutional racism since 1990?

The problem is, the people who think we should be quiet as long as it’s not that bad don’t say anything even if it gets bad. But as long as luck decides whether my life is endangered or not, the sense of protection is wrong.


Pepper spray: plastic visor as a weapon (neue-deutschland.de)

The police used pepper spray during the G20 protests in Hamburg in 2017

Photo: dpa / Sebastian Willnow

Activist Benjamin Russ has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights after a constitutional complaint was dismissed in March. Three years ago he was sentenced to a fine of 300 euros by the Frankfurt District Court for wearing a plastic sheet in front of his face during the Blockupy protests against the opening of the European Central Bank in 2015. The regional court had confirmed the judgment after an objection at the beginning of last year. The slide from an overhead projector was attached to his head with a rubber band. In the eyes of the Frankfurt public prosecutor’s office, it was a bulletproof visor.

Now, in the last instance, Russ wants to challenge German jurisprudence and defend the right to demonstrate. “Going to Strasbourg will not change social conditions or make a revolution obsolete,” Russ explained to the “nd”. “But to use the limited possibilities of the bourgeois state in the fight against the bourgeoisie is one of our tasks for me as a Marxist.”

Since its entry into force in 1985, Section 17a of the Assembly Act has forbidden the wearing of “weapons of protection” and objects that “are, under the circumstances, intended to ward off enforcement measures by a holder of sovereign powers”. The intention of protecting oneself against allegedly disproportionate or unlawful violence by the police is put in place. An analysis of the critical legal policy magazine »Forum Recht« therefore evaluates the ban on protective weapons as an arbitrary restriction on the freedom of assembly. In Karlsruhe, however, Russ’s complaint was dismissed without comment. Incidentally, with a view to the protests in Hong Kong, FDP leader Christian Lindner criticized the ban on breathing masks at demonstrations there.

Russ’s lawyer had argued before the district court that the film with the imprint “Smash Capitalism” should be understood as an expression of free speech. He also quoted the chairman of the German Police Union, Rainer Wendt, according to which police officers themselves complained about being hit by their own pepper spray in headwinds. By questioning a police officer acting as a witness, he also confirmed that the target should not be aimed at the eyes, but rather at the chest area. Since the spray mainly works via the respiratory tract and the eyes are not in the target area, a plastic film in front of the eyes cannot be an effective protection against the coercive measure.

He also drew attention to the dangers of using the irritant. There have been repeated deaths after the use of pepper spray. There are special risks, especially for people with asthma or who have previously used drugs. In 2018 there were two deaths within three days after using pepper spray. The federal government recently responded to a minor inquiry from the Left Party that “no current studies and reports on the health risks of the active substances mentioned are known.”

As a biological weapon, the spray may not be used in wars, but against wild animals, for self-defense – and as a means of police coercion, which, according to the scientific service of the Bundestag, “bridges the gap between simple physical violence and the use of” more severe “means of coercion like the firearm ”closes. The deployment will be announced or threatened in advance. That this often does not correspond to reality is shown, for example, by recordings from the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Berlin, at the end of which there was unfounded and disproportionate violence on the part of the police and arrests.

“The structural racism, police violence and the austerity policy of the Troika come from the same pen,” said Russ. “Especially now during the crisis we are experiencing a rigorous suppression of protests by state institutions and we see how freely fascists can move around in the police. That goes far beyond my condemnation. “


From bitumen to feather

Always ready to unsheathe their sharp feathers, and not just in their songs, many rappers populate the shelves of bookstores. To believe that inspiration is hidden under the asphalt. The proof with five figures of hexagonal hip-hop which rhyme literature and muscular punchlines.

1- Gringe

Long inseparable from his friend Orelsan (with whom he formed the duo Casseurs Flowters), Gringe now stands on its own. After a first solo album, Moon child, released at the end of 2018, it is now with a novel that he is talking about him. In Together we bark in silence (Harper Collins), Guillaume Tranchant (real name) explores the complexity of fraternal relationships. And he knows a lot about the subject. Her little brother, Thibault, has schizophrenia. Thanks to this very autobiographical story (to which are mingled some texts written by his brother), Gringe helps us to identify the contours of a mental illness still unknown to the general public. We also discover the rapper’s chiaroscuro personality: dysfunctional family, devouring guilt, ill-assumed notoriety… Gringe reveals himself without filter (but not without humor) and tells with finesse the intense relationship between him and his brother. With the Tranchants, words and ailments are a family affair.

2 – Disiz La Peste

We all know I’m going crazy, his must-have hit from the 2000s. Less his career as an author. And yet Disiz has two novels to his credit. The first, the Last of the rue Ponty (Naïve), which he signed with his real name, Sérigne M. Gueye, was published in 2009. This fiction plunges the reader into the streets of Dakar in the company of Gabriel, wandering in search of a redemptive destiny. The second, René (Denoël), was born three years later. A dystopian story in which France has tipped over into the hands of the FN. Marine Le Pen is in power and the suburbs, more dilapidated and abandoned than ever, are on the verge of collapse. It’s yet another police blunder that will ignite the powder… Sadly realistic and relevant, alas.

3 – Great sick body

In 1997, following an accident, Fabien Marsaud spent three months in a coma. He was 20 years old, with his head full of projects (including a basketball career), but it was on a hospital bed that he woke up, paralyzed. The doctors are pessimistic, but the young man hangs on. It is this convalescence in a rehabilitation center that he recounts in the beautiful autobiographical novel, Patients (Don Quixote, 2012). An eventful year between the ups and downs of his companions in misfortune, and the cohabitation with this new dented body that he did not choose. Thanks to a foolproof mind, Fabien regains the use of his arms, then of his legs, leaning on a crutch that will never leave him. On leaving the hospital, Grand Corps ill discovered the slam, and participated in its popularization in France, linking the albums with the success that we know.

4 – Abd Al Malik

He repeats it tirelessly in all his interviews: it is the books that saved him. Without them, Adb Al Malik would have turned out badly. He grew up in a suburb of Strasbourg, torn between the easy money and the drugs which devastated his city, and a brilliant education in private establishments. It was first thanks to slam and rap that he found an outlet, but his passion for literature did not weaken over the years. The proof, at 45 years old, this fan of Camus and Baudelaire already has seven books on the clock. The most recent, which is also his first novel, Nasty injuries (Plon, 2019), flirts between a philosophical tale and a noir novel. Its hero, Kamil, left for New York to seek inspiration for his novel, will end up assassinated by bullets from a gang. But it is precisely once everything is over that everything (re) begins …

5 – Kery James

Already twenty-nine years that Kery James has been in the circuit. At 14, he rapped alongside MC Solaar and recorded his first album in stride. Alix Mathurin, born in Guadeloupe to Haitian parents, grew up in a city south of Paris, and flirted daily with danger and bad company. He is one of the godfathers of French rap, but above all the most committed, always quick to denounce social injustices and police violence. Evidenced by the film Commuters, which he co-directed, a real hit on Netflix since its release last year. The logical continuation of Commuter and proud of letters (Don Quixote), the first hybrid work published two years earlier, which navigates between sociological essay and autobiography. A more confidential success for a book depicting a youth of the cities which still dreams, and projects itself in a future certainly uncertain but always with a glimmer of hope.

Céline Puertas


Nigeria: License to Kill (neue-deutschland.de)

Protest works: In Nigeria people are loudly calling for an end to state violence.

Photo: Sunday Alamba / AP / dpa

It’s an open secret in Nigeria: The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has an unofficial “license to kill”. That says Bukar Mohammed Atiyaye, founder of the non-governmental organization Humanitarian Network for Northern Nigeria. These days, thousands took to the streets against police brutality across the country in response to an alleged police murder. Well-known personalities and the Nigerian diaspora worldwide showed their solidarity and called for the abolition of SARS.

The special unit was founded in 1992 and was supposed to take action against organized gangs in places with a high crime rate. There have been repeated incidents in which innocents were the target of covert police operations. Demands to abolish the special forces are not new. Bukar Mohammed Atiyaye has heard many stories of encounters with SARS. “An innocent friend of mine was shot in the leg when he was about to withdraw money,” he told “nd”. Often times the police would also force people to empty their accounts and take their money away.

The unit is therefore also known as the Special Armed Robbery Squad on social media. All they could do was “Steal Attack and Rob Society”, wrote a user on Twitter, steal, attack and rob. A particular target at the moment are the so-called Yahoo Boys, according to Atiyaye, often young men who earn money by cheating on the Internet. “Due to the nature of the work of the Nigerian police, they kill instead of arrest,” said the activist. In a video distributed by the Nigerian newspaper “Vanguard”, a man in military clothing warns members of the SARS special unit. If they ever accidentally kill a Yahoo Soldier, they would be in big trouble.

The special unit would also target people who do not correspond to the binary gender images. They would be accused by SARS of being gay, the queer activist Ani Kayode Somtochukwu tells the »nd«. A 2014 law prohibits same-sex marriages and relationships. “This is the pretext that they are arrested, beaten, blackmailed, sometimes killed, accidentally or on purpose.”

During the protests in the southeast in Enugu, the demonstrators called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari and shouted “that we need work”. “These protests serve as an outlet for young people to reject state violence. This applies to SARS as well as to police violence and structural violence, ”explains Somtochukwu. The demand for work would have pleased him in particular, »because there is a connection. Understanding that it is a systemic problem that requires social transformation is necessary. “He and others would have experienced homophobia at the protests, but” we continue to fight, because what we demand is important. “All over the country queer people would also raise their voices and demand a radical change in conditions, said the activist.

The government has now announced that the special unit has been disbanded with immediate effect. However, their members should be integrated into other police forces after a psychological assessment. In addition, the new Special Weapons and Tactics unit is intended to close the gap that has arisen. However, many of the protesters see it as an attempt to appease them without bringing about justice for the victims of police violence or any structural change. It became known that some of the prisoners were to be released. This was one of the movement’s central demands.

In the meantime, however, the social conditions are also discussed. On social media, people are demanding the dissolution of the national assembly and an end to high salaries for its members, while the majority of the people live in poverty.


Artist on protests in Belarus: “Emancipation from Lukashism”

The 17-year-old Anastasia Kazanovich is a figurehead of the protests in Belarus. The student on police violence, women in white and street paintings

Anastasia Kazanowitsch when she was taken to Minsk on September 19 Photo: tut / dpa

Anastasia Kazanovich is a 17-year-old Belarusian student and artist. Like many other fearless women and men, she has been on the streets for weeks to demonstrate against the reign of terror of the head of state Alexander Lukashenko. The photo in which she is being led away by two masked Belarusian security forces went around the world.

taz: Frau Kazanowitsch, with a glittery dress and mustard yellow You were grabbed by masked security guards and taken into custody. “Posor!” (“Shame!”) Shouted 2,000 women on September 19th during the glittering march. What happened to you after you were arrested?

Anastasia Kasanowitsch: I got into a police van – Avtozak – thrown, and was upset. Shortly before that, a masked uniformed man with no badge – we call them bandits – brutally grabbed my neck and chest. Metal cells are built into the luggage compartment of the van, I kicked the bars and yelled at the masked men. They kept throwing people into the cells even though they were already overcrowded. The three of us were crammed into a cell and had hardly any air to breathe. A girl had an epileptic fit. Another girl was hit in the leg by a police officer. We didn’t know where they were taking us, they had confiscated our phones. Finally, we were taken to the District Police Headquarters.

They ordered us to stand against the wall with our hands up. There was still an Italian among us, he was in shock, but the police made him line up with us. In total we were about 30 women and a few men. A little later all the men were sent outside into the cold. The police made fun of us. All they can do is intimidate and humiliate, even though the prisoners are already dirty.

How long did this ordeal last?

Anastasia Kazanowitsch, born in 2003, was part of the Belarusian punk scene in her hometown Grodno around bands like Messed Up before she went to Minsk to study. She was expelled from the university a few days ago because of her protest activities. Now she is asking for asylum in Poland.

Four hours after which I was released. Fortunately I am not yet of legal age, otherwise they would have booked me in for 15 days. Outside I was greeted by waiting people, some immediately offered to help me, others waited for news from their arrested relatives and friends who were still being held inside. I am very grateful for the great wave of solidarity. We are all aware that we could soon find ourselves in the same situation again.

How are you now?

Now I’m fine, but I’m supposed to be banned from studying at the university.

Because the photo of your arrest went around the world? Is there assistance from your university?

More stories about life in Belarus: In the “Diary from Minsk” column, Janka Belarus and Olga Deksnis report on stormy times – in German and in Russian.

No, my activism obviously threatens the status quo of this university. Since the administration, like all Belarusian authorities, also follows centralized instructions, but I go to demonstrations and say what I think, it means that they are losing control of the students and therefore not doing their job well. I have not yet been de-registered, but they do everything to drive me away – like failing my exams. But I won’t let them kick me out. We students also protest and fight for our rights!

What motivates you

I am 17 years old, I study languages ​​and humanities and I am a painter. A very well-known Belarusian modern painter – Ales Mara – is my professor. The incumbent government can offer its citizens nothing else than to enslave them as subjects. Lukashenko doesn’t even consider us his people. We are just cattle to him that he can slaughter at any time. Because as cattle you have no rights. Now I am fighting for my own rights and those of the Belarusian people. I fight for the Belarusian mother tongue, our culture and traditions. They tell us who we were, who we are and how we should go on. One of the government’s goals has been to hide who we are as a people, so the national question is very relevant.

Photos of women in white dresses and flowers are the face of the protest in the media. Isn’t this disguise a pathetic romanticization?

Women in white dresses and with flowers are no romanticization at all. It would be wrong if we didn’t keep fighting. During the protests immediately following the fraudulent election in early August, thousands were tortured, raped, thrown in prisons and even killed. Our non-violent protest against inhuman violence was the right answer to this injustice. Men who have been released from prison said that we women are responsible for their release. The idea of ​​women’s protest still works. The bandits did not treat women as brutally as the men, now they are arresting them for 15 days.

The conviction – due to negative experiences – that you cannot change your own life situation is called “learned helplessness”, according to the feminist activist Vika Biran, many Belarusian women are in this situation.

The image of a strong, courageous, clever, self-sacrificing, beautiful woman plays a central role in our culture. Our country has been involved in so many wars, with every conflict we lost more and more men. Belarusian women had to take on men’s work, run a farm on their own, and raise children.

It happened in a very patriarchal society. Is there a chance for more equality?

I see our society as a matriarchal one because: Belarusian women have never been helpless. Now women and men are fighting side by side for one goal – emancipation from Lukashism. And we fight for one another, women fight for men and men fight for women. We can only win through this solidarity and national unity.

Lukashenko took his oath of office in secret, a first effect of the protests. However, he continues to threaten the use of the army to secure his power. What does it take to drive him away?

Lukashenko wasn’t even elected by the people. Alternative voting platforms confirmed this fact, and recordings of irregularities in the counting of votes ultimately led to the nationwide rebellion. Svetlana Tichanovskaya is the president elected by us. She has to run the country! Lukashenko has the power of the security forces, but he urgently needs money to keep this power.

Now, many of us are delaying paying taxes, stopping buying products from companies and people who belong to or are close to us. We perform civil disobedience through the methods of nonviolent resistance. A miner from Saligorsk, Yuri Korzyn, has tied himself to a mine in protest. In the Smolevichi district, Syargey Radchenya set himself on fire in front of the police. We unite in civil unions, we paint our streets in our national colors, decorate them with ornaments and ribbons, we draw our heroes on walls. We put flowers in the place where our heroes were killed.

The security forces withdraw under this influence, many of them refusing to obey orders. In the meantime, the security forces not only lack the money, but also the staff. We believe that non-violent protest will bring Lukashenko’s regime to its knees.


Suspected police violence in Bavaria – Bavaria

A man illegally parks in a disabled parking lot. When the police arrive, he does not identify himself. Suddenly an officer kneels on his neck. About the suspicion of police violence and a video that raises new questions.

The video is disturbing: A young man goes down, shortly afterwards a police officer kneels on his neck, an invisible witness who is filming this scene with his cell phone yells: “Hey guys, he didn’t use any violence! What’s the shit about , Man?” The case is currently preoccupying the State Criminal Police Office and the Munich I public prosecutor’s office. The investigation is being carried out against an officer on “suspicion of bodily harm in office” and against the man on the ground “for resisting enforcement officers”, as the public prosecutor’s press spokeswoman said on request. So far, only one thing is clear about the history: The young man illegally parked his car in a disabled parking lot in Upper Bavaria. And he had not complied with the request of two officers to show his papers.


Missing students in Mexico: arrest warrants against soldiers

Arrest warrants have been issued against several soldiers six years after 43 students disappeared in Mexico. President promises justice.

Memorial march for the disappeared in Mexico City on Saturday Foto: Rebecca Blackwell/ap

MEXICO CITY dpa | Six years after the disappearance of 43 students in southwest Mexico, arrest warrants have been issued for several suspected soldiers and a federal police officer. “There will be justice”, promised President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Saturday. There have recently been a number of new investigative approaches. “There will be no impunity,” said State Secretary for Human Rights at the Ministry of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas. “Those responsible will be held accountable.”

On the night of September 27, 2014, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college in Guerrero state were abducted by police officers and handed over to the Guerreros Unidos crime syndicate. According to official investigations, the young men were killed and burned in a garbage dump. However, independent studies cast doubt on this version. So far only the bones of two victims have been found. The details and background of the crime are still unclear. Nobody has been convicted to this day.

In memory of the abducted, numerous demonstrators moved from the Independence Monument to the central Zócalo square in the historic city center on Saturday in Mexico City. They chanted: “You took her alive, we want her back alive” and sprayed slogans and the number 43 on the facade of the National Palace

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recognized progress in the investigation, but also urged the authorities to step up their efforts. Several suspects have recently been released for torture in detention. In Mexico, over 73,000 people have disappeared. During the search for the abducted students alone, 245 bodies of other murder victims were discovered around the town of Iguala in Guerrero – only 22 have so far been identified.


Beaters for RWE (Young World newspaper)

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Rabid police operation against environmentalists: Garzweiler opencast mine on Saturday

After the mass rallies of “Fridays for Future” on Friday, the Rhineland was the focus of protests against climate change at the weekend. The Garzweiler opencast mine has become the new center of the fight against the extraction of fossil fuels. The RWE Group wants to mine lignite there by 2038 by dredging villages and driving out their residents. “Ende Ende” called for “civil disobedience” against these plans on Saturday. Around 3,000 environmentalists participated, according to the alliance. Police units used pepper spray, batons, horses and dogs to attack them, sometimes with brutal violence.

Six police officers were injured, but remained on duty, the Aachen police reported. A spokesman for the authority was asked how many demonstrators were physically impaired jW not answer on Sunday. Officials arrested 47 people and took 64 people into custody. The press coverage was hindered several times, for example jW-Reporter Manuela Bechert injured on Saturday around 1 p.m. near the town of Keyenberg. She wanted to take photos of the police operation against a demonstration, while an officer sprayed her pepper spray in her eyes. She then fled to a cow pasture, a police horse went through and pulled away a barbed wire fence. “Suddenly I only saw a fence and a horse above me,” said Manuela Bechert. The reporter was treated by paramedics who found a broken rib. She had to stop reporting on site. She finally noticed how the horse, injured on the foreleg, continued to work after the incident.

The left-wing member of the Bundestag Lorenz Gösta Beutin was an observer at the protest and published the video of a police action on Twitter. It shows a group of demonstrators – “very young and peaceful” – being harassed by police officers. “The documented use of batons and pepper spray against the peaceful climate activists was disproportionate,” he said. Despite the violence on the part of the police, Beutin rated the actions of »Ende Terrain« as »successful and necessary – the climate movement is back in full swing despite Corona«.

Demonstration participants managed to get into the open pit on Saturday and occupy conveyor belts and the coal bunker. In the Weisweiler power station, activists also broke into a coal bunker. The protests by “Endeände” were also directed against the use of gas – the phase-out from coal-fired power generation, which had been planned for 2038, should not become “gas entry”, the alliance said on Saturday. The access to the Lausward gas power station was blocked by around 250 people. According to police, around 200 people demonstrated in front of another gas power plant in Düsseldorf.

According to RWE, the resettlement of the 1,500 residents of the places claimed by the group is already well advanced. A symbolic campaign succeeded on Saturday with the »reopening« of the »Keyenberger Hof« restaurant, which RWE had bought and closed in 2019. Protesters have now occupied the pub to protest against the systematic destruction of village communities. “The last squatters left the restaurant on Sunday at 10 o’clock,” said a police spokesman jW.


Trump announces commission on patriotic education

MIn the middle of the debate about racism and discrimination in the United States, President Donald Trump sets up a commission to promote “patriotic education”. The riots in American cities in recent months are a result of “decades of left indoctrination in our schools,” said Trump on Thursday. It tries to get students to be ashamed of the country’s history. This is “a form of child abuse,” said Trump.

The commission for patriotic education formed by presidential decree should change that. “Our youth will be taught to love America with all their heart and soul,” Trump said. “We want our sons and daughters to know that they are citizens of the most extraordinary nation in world history.”

There has long been a debate in America about whether racism is anchored in institutions and everyday life – and how much slavery shaped the early history of the United States. The controversy has come to a head in recent months after the death of black Americans from police violence and the sometimes violent protests against it.

Ahead of the November 3 presidential election, Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden take clear positions on different sides of the debate. Biden spoke earlier this month about America having to face its “original sin” of slavery and its consequences. Trump always denied that there was systematic racism in the United States or in institutions like the police.

In his speech on Thursday, the President specifically attacked the “1619” project of the “New York Times”. The newspaper took the arrival of the first ship with slaves from Africa in an English colony in North America – in Virginia – as an opportunity to analyze the role of slavery in the development of America. Trump spoke of a crusade against American history – “toxic propaganda, ideological poison” that threatened to destroy the country.

Slavery was not abolished in the United States until after the Civil War with the 13th Amendment to the American Constitution in 1865. Several slave owners were among the Founding Fathers of America in 1776.

Justice Secretary William Barr had already accused the Black Lives Matter movement, which denounces discrimination and police violence against black Americans, the day before that it was not really interested in the fate of the people. They used “a small number of blacks killed by the police during police conflicts, typically fewer than a dozen a year, to pursue a broader political agenda,” Barr said during an appearance at conservative Hillsdale College. He gave no information on what this agenda consists of in his view.

The Justice Minister also received criticism for a comparison that evening. A nationwide lockdown in the corona crisis would be like house arrest, he said. “Along with slavery, which was another type of restriction, this is the greatest violation of civil liberties in American history,” said Barr.

Democratic Congressman James Clyburn called this the “most ridiculous, insensitive, horrific” statement he had ever heard. In a Question Time with voters on Thursday, Biden said: “To be honest, they are just sick.” Who could have imagined that an American attorney general would ever compare the recommendations of scientists to save lives with slavery for people be put in chains, he criticized. “I never thought that I would ever experience such a thoroughly irresponsible US government.”


Hamilton threatens trouble because of message on T-shirt

Lewis Hamilton uses his influence to raise awareness of police violence. But now the racing driver is threatened with consequences.
Image: Reuters

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton wants to use a T-shirt to draw attention to police violence in America. Now the world association Fia is checking whether the message is illegal.

FFor Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, wearing a T-shirt with a message against police violence at the Grand Prix in Mugello could have consequences. A spokesman for the world association Fia confirmed to the BBC on Monday that the incident was being “actively examined”. Before and after his victory in the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday, the Brit wore a t-shirt that read “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor”. On the back was a photo of the blacks who were shot dead by police in America.

The Fia is investigating whether the Mercedes driver with the shirt has violated the association’s statutes. The world association sees itself as a non-political organization and has a detailed set of rules for behavior on the racetracks. Most recently, however, drivers and teams were allowed to set standards before the races in the course of the global anti-racism protests and the “Black Lives Matter” movement. In addition, Formula 1, with the support of Hamilton, has launched a program for more diversity in motorsport.

Hamilton is the only black Formula 1 driver and has recently spoken out clearly against racism and police violence. “It took a long time to get this shirt,” said Hamilton in Mugello. “We can’t rest, we have to draw attention to it.” The 35-year-old also praised the Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, who most recently wore a mouth and nose protection with the name Breonna Taylor on it. “Naomi is a great inspiration and we need to keep pushing on these issues,” said Hamilton.