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U.S. Protests, Europe’s Reopening, J.K. Rowling: Your Monday Briefing

2020-06-08 05:09:51
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Good morning.

We’re covering protests around the world against racism and police abuses, Europe’s plan to welcome tourists and backlash against J.K. Rowling.

Soccer: On shirts, on social media and even on one knee, players are challenging racism by lending their high profiles to the protests sweeping the world.

What we’re reading: This piece in The Atlantic. “Anne Applebaum looks at our current moment in the light of 20th-century history to explore the question of why many prominent Republicans have abandoned their deeply held principles to stick with President Trump,” Kathleen Flynn, one of our editors, said.

Being a black journalist, I’m going to come to the situation with a perspective and a background that other reporters may not have. I think that approaching these situations with that perspective can actually get at one of the more crucial necessities when it comes to this reporting, which is empathy — to have the ability to understand, not just transcribe, where a person who is experiencing the trauma of the situation could be coming from.

Why is it so important to cover a story like this so deeply and comprehensively?

I have to acknowledge that there have been documented reports of abuses of authority and violent incidents. I think it’s ever more important to be present to this situation in order to document any of those incidents against anybody.

But speaking generally, there’s that cliché that reporting is documenting the first draft of history. Protests are the early seeds of a movement that could shape the future of this country, that could determine policy change, that could determine who will be in power. But at the very root of it, it also shows the mind-set and the feelings of the people in this country right now. This really is the root of our reporting. This is a prime example of why we do what we do.


That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Isabella


Thank you
To Melissa Clark for the recipe, and to Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at
[email protected].

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our latest episode features professor Claudia Rankine reflecting on the precariousness of being black in America.
• Here’s today’s Mini Crossword puzzle, and a clue: Witherspoon of “Big Little Lies” (five letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• Tara Parker-Pope, our Well editor, hosts a Times Event on smart ways to live your life while staying safe during the pandemic on Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern time (6 p.m. in London).

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