EDITORIAL: Can positive peer pressure keep coronavirus off campus? Doubtful

As quickly as my Instagram feed swells with people my age gathering together sans masks — grinning, holding drinks and pressing close to one another — it seems the youth COVID-19 rate also rises. Forty-one percent of the total cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, where I live, are people under the age of 39. And my growing frustrations with this increasingly lax approach to social distancing are directly correlated to my concerns about university life this fall, as stay-at-home orders are lifted in states all over the country and people rush to reunite. (Balt Sun)

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White allies, stop asking me if I'm OK. Black people are not OK

I have had enough of this performative bullshit from "allies" issuing statements of support. And I have had enough of the white "allies" who know me sending me flurries of emails checking in and texts with heart emojis and "thinking of you" messages to see if I'm OK, and then asking me to tell them how to be anti-racist in the same breath: "Can you lead a discussion on racism or help me talk to the Black people I know? And what books should I be reading right now?" Do your own self-work, because as you see, Black people are busy with a more pressing issue — our survival. (Salon)

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Pimentel: Covid-19 has come to our migrant camp. It makes ending the MPP policy even more urgent.

Last week, we learned of the first coronavirus case here in the migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico. Take a moment, please, and pause to consider how remarkable this is in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. The city of Matamoros itself has recorded 1,200 cases; across the Rio Grande, 7,600 are known in the four nearby Texas counties. (Wash Post)

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Anderson: A 'Declaration of Interdependence' also needed

The United States is more devoted to the concept of independence than any country in the history of the world. Independence is what we fought for over the course of 8 years in the 1770s and 1780s, and we linked a concept of national independence with personal independence. Freeing ourselves from unfair rule by the British crown defined our mission to achieve national independence, and protecting the rights of each person to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, within a framework of a federal republic, defined our mission to achieve personal independence. (Hill)

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Spinner: Elijah McClain’s final words haunt me as the parent of a child who is ‘different’

I’m just different.” That’s what 23-year-old Elijah McClain told police in Aurora, Colo., after they stopped him as he walked home from a convenience store last August because someone saw the young black man and reported a suspicious person. Those would be some of McClain’s last words. They haunt me as the parent of a child who is neurodiverse. (Wash Post)

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Dionne Jr: A vicious culture war is all Trump has left

“Dear Michael,” wrote British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1957 to the head of his Conservative Party’s research department, “I am always hearing about the Middle Classes. What is it they really want? Can you put it down on a sheet of notepaper and I will see whether we can give it to them.” Macmillan’s puckish letter to Michael Fraser, the party official, is cited in Alistair Horne’s fine biography of the moderate Tory leader who figured out an answer good enough to sweep to victory two years later. (Wash Post)

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Boot: Trump is running an openly racist campaign

All dictators and would-be dictators need enemies — the more villainous the better — to justify their seizure of power. President Trump, an aspiring authoritarian, based his 2016 campaign on fomenting fear of Mexicans and Muslims. In 2018 his midterm campaign was based on (unsuccessful) scaremongering about caravans of refugees from Central America. So how will he stampede voters into supporting him this year? (Wash Post)

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Berry: Too many wildcards to call the race for president

So many unknowns, so many wild cards exist that the 2020 presidential race is beyond rational prediction. Yes, Joe Biden is well ahead in the polls, but so many factors are in play in the next four-plus months. Donald Trump: It is no secret that his number one, virtually only goal, is to keep power. All his actions serve this goal, whether exclusively playing to and commanding his political base with policies on race, immigration, taxes, and nationalism or selecting only loyalists for his administration or denigrating all who oppose him. (Cap Gazette)

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