The US president urged America to confront its dark past at the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre
Yesterday, President Joe Biden became the first president to visit Tulsa since the Race Massacre in 1921. He made an impassioned speech, saying that the country must confront its “dark history”.
“Now your story will be seen in full view,” he told the three survivors of the massacre in attendance at the event. Reports estimate that as many as 300 African Americans lost their lives at the 1921 massacre.
“Some injustices are so heinous, so horrific, so grievous, they cannot be buried – no matter how hard people try,” President Biden said. “Only with truth can come healing.”
“Hate became embedded systematically in our laws and culture,” he said, “a belief enforced by law, by badge, by hood and by noose.”
“It does still impact us today”
President Biden’s commemoration of the massacre comes amid a nation reckoning on racial justice in the US.
“In 2020 we faced a tireless assault on the right to vote. Restrictive laws, lawsuits, threats of intimidation, voter purges and more.” said the President.
“What happened in greenwood was an act of hate and domestic terrorism. With a through-line that exists today still.”
He referred what happened in Charlottesville 4 years ago, saying the event was a “stain on the soul of America”.
“Hate is never defeated, it only hides,” the President added.
Biden’s commitment to “protect Black lives”
This comes after president Biden met with the family of George Floyd in a demonstration of support for Black voters.
The events stood in stark contrast to former president Donald Trump‘s trip to Tulsa last June, which was met with protests.
China experiencing ‘mixed effects’ with Crypto crackdown
Chinese officials have taken steps to crack down on cryptocurrencies, with mixed effects.
A Chinese phone regulator says it would “gradually retire existing mainland China user accounts”.
It follows a crackdown from authorities who say crypto transactions in China are banned and they will root out mining of digital assets.
A PWC crypto leader says “there is no ambiguity” in this latest ban.
The official notice comes from the People’s Bank of China along with nine other institutions.
Enforcement is set to be widespread, with security watchdogs, the supreme court and police all backing the ban.
Asian Aviation sector bouncing back after Pandemic shutdown
COVID-19 infections are hitting the Aviation sector in Asia, as the industry seeks to bounce back from the height of the pandemic.
It comes as South Korea creates a travel bubble with other countries in a bid to revive tourism.
Budget carrier Jeju Air resumed flights to Guam, and other destinations that are popular for holidaymakers.
But South Korea is currently reporting over 2,000 new infections of COVID-19 each day, which has stalled the Aviation sector’s re-opening.
The surge in infections comes amid a shortage of vaccines.
Melbourne protests fizzle on fourth day
Protestors did not gather in Melbourne’s CBD today, with police patrols returning in numbers to protect vaccination centres, following abuse directed at health workers in previous days
Community organisation cohealth was forced to temporarily close its vaccination centre in Melbourne’s Town Hall, after health workers were reportedly spat on and abused yesterday.
cohealth chief executive Nicole Batholomeusz said staff had been physically and verbally abused in the city during the protest, and that they had been “targeted because they were wearing their cohealth identification”.
“We have instructed all staff not to wear their cohealth uniforms, lanyards or scrubs in the city, to avoid being targeted.
Premier Daniel Andrews condemned the actions of protestors who targeted health workers, and said he expected Victoria Police to identify and “deal with” those responsible for the abuse.
Police arrested more than 200 people at the Shrine of Remembrance yesterday, after a stand-off between officers and protestors lasted several hours
Protestors were mostly given infringement notices, with some charged with more serious offences for using flares and throwing objects.
Two police officers were struck in the head with bottles, while another officer was admitted to hospital with chest pains.
The demonstrations were originally planned to protest against new regulations that saw the entire construction industry shut down and tradespeople forced to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they want to return to work.
But the state’s Deputy Commissioner says it is difficult to determine what demographics the protestors were from with speculation some may have been right-wing extremists.
It comes as Premier Daniel Andrews says many of the individuals who attended the demonstrations are an insult to the majority of tradies across Victoria.
Meanwhile, Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young believes Australians should be on high alert.
Air-traffic to resume over Melbourne CBD following flight ban
Meanwhile, media organisations in Melbourne have successfully challenged the flight ban over the CBD which would have banned live broadcast of the protest this week.
Nine Network, owner of The Age, Seven and the ABC were granted a stay by the Federal Court, which means live coverage can now resume until the case progresses.
Restrictions were placed on air-traffic by Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority at the request of Victoria Police, after concerns were raised that protestors were watching aerial live streams to monitor police operations.
The case will now proceed to a trial.
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