Loving Day: When the Supreme Court struck down interracial marriage bans
Loving Day, celebrated on June 12, marks the day the Supreme Court struck down state bans against interracial marriage. The day is named for the monumental case, Loving v. Virginia, and the interracial couple at its center, Richard and Mildred Loving. The 1967 Supreme Court decision struck down 16 state bans on interracial marriage as unconstitutional. "Over the long haul, it changes America," said Peter Wallenstein, author of Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry: Loving v. Virginia. "It’s just a stunning case." Loving Day has been officially recognized by a handful of states and cities including Virginia, Vermont, New York City and Los Angeles as well as civil rights organizations, like the Anti-Defamation League.Here's how you can help: 100 ways you can take action against racism right nowGeorge Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. What do we tell our children?
George Floyd: Criticism over Trump's Juneteenth Tulsa event
Friday marks a week from Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, President Donald Trump also plans to hold his first campaign rally since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the site of one of the deadliest incidents of racist violence in American history. The 1921 white mob attack centered on a prominent black neighborhood known as "Black Wall Street," killing hundreds and leaving much of the area decimated. The decision to hold a rally in Tulsa follows the nationwide protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an African American man who died when a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.Defund police in schools? How the movement got momentum after George Floyd's death Confederates toppled, Columbus beheaded: Protesters are ripping down controversial statues
Coronavirus: California film, TV production could restart, if eligible
Film, TV and music production in California could restart as early as Friday, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom. However, resuming major productions seems ambitious, considering protocol approvals, the need for union agreements and the preparation time needed to put protections in place. "Music, TV and film production may resume in California …no sooner than June 12" depending on whether counties meet testing and case-level numbers and are prepared for surges, according to guidance from the state's Department of Public Health. Meanwhile, the alarming spread of COVID-19 in Arizona and other states have health officials increasingly worried about the number of cases requiring hospitalizations and warning of a potential second round of infections..Fact check: 'Thousands' of doctors have not said hydroxychloroquine cures COVID-19Flying during the pandemic?: Get ready to fill out a preflight health checklistVoter registration plummets during coronavirus pandemic, challenging both parties
Vigil set for missing Idaho children after human remains found
A vigil honoring two Idaho children missing since September is planned Friday after authorities confirmed human remains were found on their step-father's property. The family members of Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan told local media the two sets of human remains found at Chad Daybell's house were the children as authorities have yet to confirm their identities pending autopsies. "Both children are no longer with us," JJ's biological grandfather, Larry Woodcock, told the Post Register in Idaho Falls. Chad Daybell appeared in court Wednesday after his arrest on charges of concealing, altering or destroying evidence. Court documents allege Daybell concealed or aided in concealing the human remains that were found on his property.More on missing Idaho Kids: Husband in missing Idaho kids case hid remains of children, prosecutor says.Mom of two kids said she was 'a god': What to know about her cult-like beliefs.
Spike Lee's timely war epic 'Da 5 Bloods' streams on Netflix
When Spike Lee goes off to war, he comes back with a complex message of love. Lee’s new film, “Da 5 Bloods," streaming Friday on Netflix, focuses on Vietnam with aging African American veterans returning to the battlefield to deal with brotherhood, old promises and injustice — both personal and racial. Like Lee's '70s-set “BlacKkKlansman” two years ago, "Bloods" weaves history lessons with gripping performances and a timely, thoughtful narrative, in this instance nodding to the Black Lives Matter era. Read the full review by USA TODAY's Brian Truitt here.