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The Week Magazine June 26, 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

The Hufflepuffs and Ravenclaws are in revolt. J.K. Rowling sparked outrage among many Harry Potter fans last week when she waded into the cultural clash over transgender rights, declaring in an online essay that the trans movement was causing “demonstrable harm” by trying to “erode ‘women’ as a political and biological class.” (See Best European Columns.) Before the children’s author could shout Obliviate!—that’s a forgetting spell, for the nonwizards out there—Hogwarts devotees were declaring their intention to purge all things Potter from their lives. Some announced on social media that they had thrown the fantasy books in the trash, while others took more extreme measures to show their disgust. Brooklyn resident and “lifetime fan” Bria Noone, 23, told the New York Post that she was getting laser surgery to remove…

5 min.
a covid surge in many reopened states

What happened More than a month after states began broad reversals of lockdown measures, many in the South and West faced rising coronavirus infection numbers this week, with some hitting record daily totals. As of last weekend, new-case numbers were climbing in 22 states. Arizona, Florida, Texas, Alabama, and North Carolina were among those reporting record spikes in new cases, with Florida hitting 2,783 new cases Tuesday, and Arizona posting a 54 percent increase between the last week of May and the first week of June. Ten states have hit record single-day totals for hospitalizations; in Texas, the record was broken eight times in nine days, and the top county executive in Houston warned of looming “disaster.” Public health experts said the cause was clear, citing “quarantine fatigue” and a return…

3 min.
push for police reform takes center stage

What happened Protests against racial injustice and police brutality continued across the nation this week—a movement that gained further momentum after a black man was shot dead as he fled police in Atlanta. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was confronted by two police officers after he fell asleep in his car while waiting in a Wendy’s drive-through line. Brooks failed a sobriety test and began to scuffle with the officers when they tried to handcuff him, according to footage of the incident. Brooks emerged from the melee with an officer’s Taser and fired it wildly as he ran away. Officer Garrett Rolfe then shot Brooks twice in the back with a handgun. The killing triggered new waves of protests in Atlanta and led the city’s police chief, Erika Shields, to announce her resignation.…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

Former Army Staff Sgt. Trent Tweddale was walking on his Florida farm with his dog Loki when a nearly 13-foot alligator grabbed the pup and tried to pull him into the water. Tweddale tugged on Loki’s collar, but the gator wouldn’t let go, so he stepped knee-deep into the water and punched the gator in the head, forcing it to release the dog. “We love our dog a lot, and I’d fight tooth and nail for him,” Tweddale says. Loki was treated by a nearby veterinarian and has returned home to Tweddale and his family. Forced to cancel its usual commencement ceremony, Somerset Island Prep high school in Key West, Fla., turned its socially distanced graduation into a creative and memorable event on the water. Wearing life jackets and face masks…

3 min.
‘successor ideology’: is free speech obsolete?

Has the “woke” Left killed classical liberalism? asked Jonathan Chait in NYMag.com. The intolerant mindset about safe spaces and free speech once found on college campuses has migrated to the culture as a whole, and it’s grown more adamant amid the racial awakening following George Floyd’s killing by police. At private companies, in politics, and at newspapers and websites, young progressives are demanding the firing, blacklisting, and/or censoring of anyone they deem insufficiently anti-racist. It’s not only prominent, older editors like James Bennet of The New York Times who are having their careers destroyed—in Bennet’s case, because his op-ed section ran an arguably offensive opinion column about the protests by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton. Consider the case of Lee Fang, a leftist reporter for the leftist TheIntercept.com. After sharing his…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Reading the fine print, after the registration page for President Trump’s rally in Tulsa warned that “you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19.” Extreme measures, after Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly installed a “disinfection tunnel” in his official residence that bathes all visitors with a fine mist from head to toe. Even more extreme measures, with updated advice from the New York City health department on having sex in the age of Covid-19. Officials recommended that single people “be creative” with “physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face-to-face contact.” Bad week for: Stereotypes, after Quaker Oats announced it would rebrand its Aunt Jemima pancake and syrup products, whose name and imagery is based on a 19th-century minstrel show song about a…