On July 4, the St. Albanian Cathedral, or St. Alban's Cathedral, will reopen its doors to the general public after protracted quarantine activities. But to meet believers and simply curious tourists, he will not be a traditional Christmas scene with the image of the Virgin Mary, but a new painting that symbolizes the solidarity of the clergy with the Black Lives Matter movement for racial justice.
That week, the Archbishop of Canterbury (head of the Church of England) Justin Welby called for a revision of the tradition of portraying Christ as white. According to him, in churches and temples should also appear images of Jesus in the guise of a black, Asian and representative of the Middle East.
Supporting this philosophy, St. Alban's Cathedral in Hertfordshire closes the triptych in its altar until October, dedicated to the Nativity painting, which depicts the Virgin Mary and the Baby surrounded by shepherds and kings.
Instead, visitors to the cathedral will see a high-resolution print of the work of a contemporary artist, which defies the “Western myth” that Jesus looked European.
The creators of the American animated series "The Simpsons" said that white actors will no longer voice non-white characters. A statement was made by Fox, according to Deadline.
This is especially true for the character Apu. Actor Hank Azaria has already refused to continue to voice the Indian character. The animated series has been repeatedly accused of racism because of Apu, which many viewers consider an untruthful and abusive portrayal of American Indians. The public outcry around the character became known as the “Apu Problem”.
The new politics of the series followed the example of other shows. So, the American actor Mike Henry, who for many years was the voice of the character of Cleveland Brown from "Family Guy", himself refused to voice this hero. The reason for this decision was that the actor himself is white, and his cartoon character is black.
In addition, Jenny Slate from the animated series Netflix Big Mouth and Kristen Bell from Central Park on Apple TV +, said they would stop voicing mixed-race characters in these shows.
Earlier it was reported that Lego refused advertising, including on social networks, designers that reproduce police stations and fire departments. In addition, the company said it will donate $ 4 million to organizations supporting black children.
A case from March, similar to George Floyd's, has now come to light. Manuel Ellis, a 32-year-old African-American, died, according to the autopsy, due to a respiratory arrest, following a physical constraint of the Tacoma police officers.
"What we learn from this video is that Manny Ellis not only said that 'I can't breathe,' but 'I can't breathe, sir,'" the lawyer for the victim's family told a news conference.
The lawyer considers that “this clearly shows that he was struggling to breathe, but at the same time he was trying to remain respectful in the last moments of his life. It is a sign that he was not the aggressive person presented by the police ".
The man died due to a respiratory arrest, due to a physical constraint, the autopsy showed, revealing that the presence of methamphetamine in his body and a heart disease could have contributed to the death of this man, only 32 years old.
The mayor of Tacoma, about 50 kilometers from Seattle, last week demanded that the four police officers involved in the case - currently on administrative leave - be expelled from the police and prosecuted.
Police said they arrested Manuel Ellis for trying to "open the doors of vehicles in which occupants were."
In the USA, they joke that not only black lives are important, but black wives are fat. Scientists say that it is, but obesity does not cause malnutrition, but racism.
Black people, especially black women, are more likely to experience health problems than white people. In the United States, four out of five black women are obese. Doctors associate overweight black women with poor health. Anti-obesity campaigns are targeting black women.
Increased attention to their weight is not news, it reflects racist ideas about the body of a black woman. Scientists who studied races three centuries ago argued that black women can reach sizes that white women never dreamed of. Allegedly, African men specially fed their wives so that they were as thick as possible.
European newspapers persecuted stories about African holidays for feeding black women to the sizes that men want. Doctors at the end of the 19th century believed that black women and men were unable to control their "animal appetite" in food, drink and debauchery, and that they die early. All this was nothing more than the assumptions of Victorian scientists, they are not supported by any scientific data.
The current view that black women’s diseases are due to weight is based on racist ideas. And in general, doctors say that fat people need to lose weight in order to solve health problems. But various studies show that stereotypes of obesity are responsible for some fat problems with health, which previously dumped overweight.
Such protective equipment can make you dangerous to others.
Sometimes protective fabric masks are equipped with a special valve. In this case, the mask works like this - you inhale air through filters and exhale it through a one-way valve. Thus, warm air comes out from under the mask faster, it becomes easier to breathe, the mask is easier to wear, and glasses will not fog up.
We put on masks for two reasons. Firstly, we hope that they will protect us from COVID-19 (however, disputes are still underway regarding the effectiveness of masks). Secondly, more importantly, the mask does not allow us to infect others, if we are sick and do not suspect it.
The valve allows free passage of air as it exhales. This means that an infected person will spread particles of the virus around him as if he weren’t wearing any protection at all.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend using masks and respirators with valves to prevent infection with this disease.
Such protection can be worn in conditions of smog, dust and smoke - for example, at a construction site or factory where harmful particles are floating in the air. But the mask with the valve will not stop the spread of the virus.