Dorsey is the the latest tech executive to give to anti-racist organizations in the wake of widespread protests over the killing of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis. A video of a white policeman kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes while he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe was shared widely on social media, igniting demonstrations across the world.
Dorsey has also faced recent criticism from President Donald Trump and right-wing conservatives for placing a “public interest notice” over a recent tweet by Trump for the first time. Twitter said Trump’s post, which said, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” violated its policies about glorifying violence.
Kaepernick is best known for his time playing for the San Francisco 49ers, where he kneeled during the national anthem in protest of police killings against black people. The NFL and many conservatives criticized the gesture, saying it disrespected soldiers. Kapernick’s organization educates young people about their rights.
The grant will help “advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization to elevate the next generation of change leaders,” Dorsey stated.
Dorsey joins other tech companies and executives giving to organizations in the wake of Floyd’s murder. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said Wednesday the company will provide $12 million in funding to organizations working to address racial inequities.
(CNN)Hollywood is inching closer to getting back to work, with the entertainment industry’s guilds and unions signing off on a 22-page guideline document designed to establish safety protocols for producing movies and TV in the age of coronavirus.The agreement comes after a protracted period of negotiation among the various constituencies — including actors, directors and crews — and relies on extensive testing, temperature checks, cleaning measures and physical distancing when possible. The parties also acknowledge that revisions might be necessary going forward.Certain activities, such as writing and casting, are still encouraged to be conducted virtually whenever possible. At the same time, other parts of production — including live studio audiences — are being discouraged, with restrictions like social-distancing measures when used.Actors and other performers, the report notes, are “most vulnerable because they cannot wear PPE [personal protective equipment] when cameras are rolling, and frequently will not be able to engage in physical distancing.” That will require greater testing frequency for them and those with whom they are in close contact.Content by CNN UnderscoredRetailers are offering major sales in honor of healthcare workersIf you’re a medical professional or first responder, you can find savings on a variety of products that might make life a little easier right now.There are some activities, such as makeup and fight scenes, where stronger safeguards aren’t possible, the report acknowledges.
After serving in Haiti and hostile zone like Somalia and earning a combat patch I can tell you we were trained to handle detainees with care. What we saw with the death of George Floyd was murder. I explain in this video.
Amy Cooper was captured on video on Monday calling the police on a man who says he asked her to put her dog on a leash in New York’s Central Park.Christian Cooper via Facebook/Screen shot by NPR
Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET
A black man says he asked a white woman in Central Park to put her dog on a leash.
Then, video shows her calling police and telling emergency operators that the man was threatening her and her dog. The woman, who has been identified as Amy Cooper, has apologized. But by Tuesday afternoon she was fired from her job at an investment management firm.
“Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter.Franklin Templeton✔@FTI_US
The encounter took place on Monday between the woman, who has since been identified as Amy Cooper, and the man who said he was bird watching. He was later identified as Christian Cooper. It started when Christian Cooper, who is not related to the woman, says he asked the woman to put her dog on a leash.
After video of the encounter was posted to social media, she said her behavior was “unacceptable.”
“It was unacceptable. And you know words are just words and I can’t undo what I did. But I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone. Especially to that man, his family,” Amy Cooper said in an interview with NBC New York on Monday evening.
The Ramble is a wooded area of Central Park where dogs are required to be leashed. According to Christian Cooper, he started recording after asking her to leash her dog.
The woman is seen in the video approaching the man, holding the dog’s leash in one hand and pulling her dog by the collar with her other hand.
“Please don’t come close to me,” he says, appearing not move closer to her or retreat from her advancement.
As she approaches she tells him that she is going to take a picture of him and call police if he didn’t stop recording her.
Christian Cooper tells her, calmly, “Please call the cops. Please call the cops.”
“I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life,” she responds.
She backs away from him and places the call while continuing to drag the dog by its collar.
“I’m in the Ramble, and there’s a man, African American, he’s got a bicycle helmet. He’s recording me and threatening me and my dog,” she said.
She repeats herself once more, though Christian Cooper never appears to come any closer to her.
By the third time she is yelling into the phone, this time far with far more panic in her voice.
“I’m sorry. I can’t hear. Are you there? I’m being threatened by a man into the Ramble. Please send the cops immediately!” she screams.
NPR has requested comment from both Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper but neither immediately responded.
The aftermath of the incident
In a statement to CNN, Amy Cooper said, ” ‘I’m not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way,’ she said, adding that she also didn’t mean any harm to the African American community.”
Her employer, Franklin Templeton, initially said in a statement late Monday that it is investigating the matter.
“We take these matters very seriously, and we do not condone racism of any kind. While we are in the process of investigating the situation, the employee involved has been put on administrative leave,” the company said. Franklin Templeton✔@FTI_US
In response to an incident involving an employee on May 25th, Franklin Templeton issued the following statement.
The encounter is being highlighted as another example of a white person calling law enforcement to report black people for doing seemingly banal things.
Christian Cooper said his encounter is not an uncommon experience for many black people in the U.S.
“I don’t think there’s an African American person in America who hasn’t experienced something like this at some point,” Christian Cooper told the The Washington Post.
“I don’t shy away from confronting the scofflaw when I see it. Otherwise, the park would be unusable — not just to us birders but to anybody who enjoys the beauty,” he said.
He went a step further in an interview with NBC New York and linked his experience to that of another black man, one who died during a recent encounter with a group of white men in Georgia.
“I’m not going to participate in my own dehumanization,” Cooper said. “We live in an age of Ahmaud Arbery, where you know, black men are shot, gunned down, because of the presumptions that people make,” he added.
CNN reporting that one of my favorite directors Christopher Nolan is back in the game.
John David Washington stars in the film “Tenet,” which deals with espionage and time warping
(CNN)A new trailer for ‘Tenet’ has debuted in Fortnite.It’s the latest Hollywood collaboration for the game and has helped further stoke excitement for the film, directed by Christopher Nolan.Starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, the movie remains largely a mystery since there are scant details in the trailer beyond a hint of a plot that involves espionage and time warping.