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The Week Magazine June 19, 2020

The Week makes sense of the news by curating the best of the U.S. and international media into a succinct, lively digest.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till of Chicago was visiting family in Mississippi when he was kidnapped by a group of white men who accused him of flirting with a white woman. They beat him bloody, gouged out his eye, shot him in the head, mutilated his body, and dumped it in the Tallahatchie River. (The men were later acquitted.) His mother chose to have an open-casket viewing, and to let Jet, an African-American magazine, photograph her son’s brutalized remains. “It forced America to see—for the first time—what American racism actually looked like,” said Benjamin Saulsberry, director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center in Mississippi. That image, and the shame and disgust it evoked, launched the civil rights era. Years of sit-ins, protests, and confrontations with police finally toppled Jim Crow…

5 min.
police violence sparks demands for reform

What happened Scenes of police across the nation assaulting peaceful protesters ignited widespread outrage this week, adding momentum to calls for police reform in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis officer. Hundreds of videos, many shot on cellphones, depicted police in cities across the country beating protesters with batons and throwing them to the pavement, firing tear gas and rubber bullets into nonviolent crowds, and assaulting reporters. Some incidents prompted disciplinary action and even criminal charges. In Atlanta, six officers who pulled two college students from a car and Tasered them were charged with assault; so was a New York City officer who hurled a woman to the street, causing a concussion. In the most widely shared video, police in Buffalo pushed Martin Gugino, 75, to…

3 min.
protests for racial justice gain strength across u.s.

What happened Demonstrators demanding justice for George Floyd and action against police brutality marched in at least 1,280 towns and cities across the U.S. as of this week—a protest movement that is now the broadest in American history. Crowds waving Black Lives Matter signs took to the streets of big multiracial cities such as Los Angeles and New York, but rallies were also held in smaller and predominantly white towns and cities, including Norfolk, Neb.; Cody, Wyo.; and Tacoma, Wash. “People didn’t understand the point of us protesting,” said Ande’ Green, who organized a march in Alliance, Ohio. “But we wanted them to know that we are taking a stand for our nation.” As demonstrations rippled across the country, Floyd was laid to rest in his hometown of Houston. In a…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

A feisty 103-year-old from Massachusetts beat Covid-19—and then cracked open a cold beer to celebrate. Jennie Stejna spent nearly three weeks battling the virus and at one point seemed close to death. When her granddaughter’s husband asked Stejna if she was ready to go to heaven, the Polish-American matriarch replied, “Hell, yes.” But just days later she woke up and proclaimed, “I’m not sick!” A nurse handed Stenja a Bud Light, her favorite brew, when she tested negative. “She is legendary,” said grandson Dave Stejna. A 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and autism has raised $100,000 for charity by completing a marathon on his street in northern England. Tobias Weller, who uses a walker to get around, originally intended to raise funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and a cerebral palsy charity…

3 min.
the generals’ revolt: is the military turning on trump?

Gen. Jim Mattis stayed silent as long as he could, said David Swerdlick in The Washington Post. But when President Trump last week threatened to send active-duty U.S. troops into American cities to quell the nationwide protests, Trump’s onetime defense secretary finally “ripped his former boss” in an “eye-popping” public statement. Mattis said he was “angry and appalled” to see Trump use the National Guard to forcefully clear peaceful protesters from streets in front of the White House so he could brandish a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church. “Never did I dream,” Mattis said, that U.S. troops “would be ordered under any circumstances to violate the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander in chief.” Trump, Mattis…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Ups and downs, after the first American woman to walk in space also became the first woman to visit the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. “A once-in-a-lifetime day,” said astronaut Kathy Sullivan, 68, after completing a 35,810-foot dive in the Challenger Deep. Drive-through Botox, offered by Florida plastic surgeon Michael Salzhauer to residents still wary of the coronavirus. Botox injections of masked patients are “really ideal,” says Salzhauer, because they combat wrinkles in the forehead and the corners of the eyes, “exactly the parts of the face that aren’t covered by the mask!” Hope, after Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said the U.S. would fund Phase 3 human trials of three different coronavirus vaccines this summer. Fauci said he’s optimistic a vaccine will be approved for…