Day 1,238: George Floyd's brother testifies to Congress as Trump plans a campaign rally
Well good evening once again day twelve, hundred, thirty, eight, now of the trump administration, one hundred forty six days until our next presidential election protests continue unabated as George. Floyd's brother calls on Congress. To enact change and the president tries to decide where he will land, as our nation faces a reckoning on policing injustice and inequality flowness. Floyd came to Lafayette Square this evening, marching with lawmakers in the area near the White House, where federal officers last week used chemicals and clubs and horses to clear demonstrators peacefully protesting his brother's death. This was a day after a day. Rather on Capitol Hill. Where lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee heard his plea to change policing across our country. I can't tell you the kind of pain. You feel when you watch something like that. When you watch big brother, who you looked up to your whole entire life, di Di begging for small. I'm tired I'm tired of pain. Pain you feel when you watch something like that. He didn't deserve to die over twenty dollars I'm asking you. Is What is that what a black man is worth? Twenty dollars I'm here to ask you to make it. Stop Stop the pain. Stop US being tired. It is to make sure his death is not in vain. By the way news out of the twin cities where we've learned that Thomas Lane one of the officers charged in connection with the death of George Floyd has been released on three quarters of a million dollars mail president has yet to come out with any definitive proposal to address police reforms, even though House Democrats Senate. Republicans are working on their own pieces of legislation White House. Aides are said to be working on the issue, but this afternoon during a meeting with African American supporters trump avoided specifics instead focused on what he says has already been achieved. You go down a list of criminal justice reform and all of the things we've done. Opportunities owns the best unemployment rate in the history. Just before the plane came in when you look at the economics when you look at how well the black community has been doing under this administration. Nobody's done anything like we've done and a big thing is criminal justice reform I keep hearing about criminal justice reform that everyone's tried to take the credit and that one I will say we will take the full credit because they couldn't have done it without. You don't need closed police departments. Now we! We need the police. Tomorrow trump travels to Dallas where he's expected to talk about race and policing with law, enforcement, officials and faith leaders were told politico reporting there appears to be a new effort within trump's base to promote defend the police as opposed to the recent calls to defend the police. Whitehouse's now defending trump posting a false conspiracy theory about the video that shows the seventy five year old man in buffalo the. are knocked down by police officers. The false tweet calls it a quote setup. Regret tweeting out a baseless conspiracy theory about seventy five year old protester on the morning George Fluids. The president was asking questions about an interaction and a video clip he saw, and the president has the right to ask those questions. Regret tweeting out, this protester was assaulted. President does not regret standing up for law enforcement husband to have facts before he tweets anything out as the president of the United States, the president did have facts before he tweeted out that under girded his. Meanwhile trump has come out firmly in opposition to another movement that's been gaining support as the nation grapples with these issues. He says he is now firmly against renaming the various us. Military base is named after confederate commanders writing quote, these monumental and very powerful capital p. basis have become part of a great American heritage and a history of winning victory and freedom. Therefore, my administration will not even consider the renaming of these magnificent and fabled military installations. Late this afternoon. NASCAR which has hosted trump as grand marshal at the Daytona International speedway announced quote. The display of confederate flag will be prohibited at all NASCAR, events and properties. The ban by the way was requested by bubba Wallace. The only black driver currently in NASCAR's Upper Echelon House Speaker Nancy. Pelosi is now calling for the removal of statues of confederate soldiers and officials from the US capital. There are eleven of them. In Portsmouth Virginia tonight demonstrators took the heads off. Four confederate statues pulled one down using a tow rope as police by. Amid, all of that trump is now getting ready to get back on the campaign trail with his first rally in nearly three months taking place next Friday night. We're going to be starting our allies. Our first one we believe will be probably just starting to call up. We'll be in Oklahoma. And Tulsa. Beautiful new venue. Meanwhile more bad polling for the president new Gallup. Survey shows his approval rating has dropped ten points to thirty nine percent as trump resumes campaigning. The Federal Reserve is predicting long-term high unemployment and a tough road out of our recession. That comes amid reports of major retail chains, restocked restructuring, getting out of the business in some of their stores. Still Trump says he sees an economy. That's on its way back. We are doing well in so many ways. We're really doing a financial comeback. Jobs numbers were fantastic. I think that the economy will be next year. We'll be maybe the best it's ever been. On that note here for our leadoff discussion on a Wednesday night Shannon petty piece veteran journalists senior White House reporter for us. At NBC News Digital Peter Baker Chief White House correspondent for the New York, times and Eugene Robinson Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the Washington Post. Good evening and welcome to you all Shannon I'd like to begin with you with a preview of tomorrow. Something less than a national address on race and policing which some folks around the president told us all to expect. But a teleprompter remarks tomorrow. What are we expecting tomorrow in, Texas! Will let us on the president's official schedule. As of now is a roundtable event in Dallas on transitioning the economy after the corona virus, so not necessarily round table discussion on race or policing issues it appears to be economy, but you NBC news was told earlier today to expect the president on this trip to Dallas to address issues of race and police reform. It's certainly police reform that while they had wanted to have the president talk about some tangible policy recommendations, he could make around policing. They certainly don't expect that tomorrow, but they were hopeful that he could lease outline some of his thinking some things that are on the table, possibly some executive orders. He could take, but throughout the course of the week the administration officials have been served downplaying expectations on what we should expect to hear from the president when it comes to addressing the underlying issues of race and policing. That really drove these protests. At the end of last week they were telling me that the president was going to spend the weekend on a listening session together. Some policies and we're still hearing from people that there may be a policy package coming from the White House, but not until Friday maybe sometime next week. So this keeps slipping while as you noted. The president is Wayne into more divisive issues on race like the renaming of these basis after confederate military leaders or this conspiracy theory about the. Protester who was shoved by police. Those things he is talking about still aren't here intangible solutions from him a dear lift leasing. And, indeed Peter Baker in the meantime does the White House seem at all aware of the gravity of the testimony on the hill. Do they seem aware of what's been taken? And what's been asked of this one American family? The print edition of your paper. The headline reads GOP blindsided by public's rage at Floyd killing The Washington Post puts it that his party is now politically isolated. Is this as we discussed last night? Another way of saying you go to war with the demographic you half. Bryan sorry. Back in I think that the white. House is perfectly aware of just how powerful that testimony was today. Just how powerful this whole movement has become. But I! Think that you know they've got a president. WHO's instinct is to defy the conventional wisdom that he needs to reach out to them. He has shown every day where his real estate. Instincts are you know if somebody says we should rename these confederate name? Army basis is gonNA. Say No got angry. When he saw reports, the military was thinking about doing this secretary mark asper general. Mark Milley the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. We're talking about that. As part of a comprehensive plan to address issues of race within the military remember, the uniform ranks are. Are Forty three percent of people of Color, so a lot of strong feelings in the military, as well typically as we're talking about these last few days of whether or not, the military should be sent into the streets to to confront protesters, and so the Pentagon officials were very angry today when the president upended them with those tweets, but he understood that that was something that would. Appeal to his base. A key to the people he thinks are turned off by the street protests an appeal to those who find the idea of law and order the message of the day now. Most poll show more Americans including a lot of Republicans are sympathetic to the protest to the president's put himself against the popular tied. Here as you point out even NASCAR institution that is very favorable. President. Trump were allowed to the fans are favorable. The president trump said no more confederate flag today. The president's tacking against the that movement. We're seeing in American society right now. Eugene because words matter, you and I are old enough to remember the effort by trump Republicans to get Hillary, Clinton to use the phrase radical Islamic terrorism. Well, there's a new conversation of foot about the phrase systemic racism. I'll offer you this. We'll talk about it on the other side. Does the President feel that there is systemic racism in law. Enforcement believes post of our police. Officers are good hardworking people on. There's a lot of evidence that and he has great faith in our police department racism in the United States still, but I don't think that the. Law Enforcement, system is just. RACIST WE DON'T BELIEVE! I would say. Do not. So Eugene, that's three people saying everything's fine. Notes Racism I mean I. Don't I don't understand why the administration's trying to plant a flag bearer because the enemy has already advanced far beyond that point I mean this is a. this is a moment where. Many Americans who who made previously have sort of been close to the idea Get. The concept of systemic racism. Americans White Americans who might in the past I've seen it at the phrase as some sort of threat to them, or acusations directed at them rather than actually a neutral description of the reality of American. Life People are more open to that now and I. Think you saw a hint of that in. NASCAR's on stunning decision to ban the confederate flag, all NASCAR events You know so so the president is trying to cater to the NASCAR crowd, but Nascar is already moved on I. Mean I just think they're way behind on what's happening and they just don't seem to have a clue as to where the country is, and that's a bad place for president to be. So, Shannon. Tell me how the trump campaign pulls off this bank shot of campaigning and having rallies. During a pandemic and during a time of civil unrest, or is this so all about the base that the people they would attract in the crowd. It's not like they're going to be encumbered over of fear of a pandemic. It's not like it's going to take time away from. Their civil disobedience in the streets. Well interesting you raised a connection between civil. The protests that we're seeing these trump rallies because one thing that we have been hearing is that the campaign felt that these images of know tens of hundreds of thousands of people in the street. Not Social distancing are wearing masks. Sort of gave them cover to say well if there could be a giant mass protest gathering all these people than we can certainly have a row. We don't know if the rallies are necessarily gonNA. Look like a stadium packed. Full of people shoulder to shoulder. They could be an outdoor event possibly where people could be spread out a little bit more. But that those images of the protests were catalyst to get that going and I'll say something about the value of these rallies to It's certainly important for the president emotionally to get out there. It is important for his base to charge them up, but these rallies are very important to the campaign, structurally because they provide an enormous amount of data, they're really data, collection and mining operations. Everyone signs up for ticket gives her email to the trump campaign, which can then cross check that with their voter. Voter file their consumer history and find out what type of people are showing up to enthusiastically support the president for the past few months, the campaign sort of been flying blind in that regard and having to depend on on polling, mostly public polling so once they begin these realize again. That's going to give them a better window into where the president's supporters lie. What the demographics those people look like and how it's changed over the past few months. So that's also keeping. Keep in mind with these rallies. Peter Baker you've written this week about this law and order presidency. Steve Schmidt added this to the conversation earlier. This isn't a conversation about war in order to conversation about justice, and when trump talks about law and order, it's the law and order of Bull Connor. It's the law and order of police dogs in vicious dogs in domination of the streets. That's not law in order to people who brave law and order or the people on the streets, protesting for justice. And indeed Peter while trump has invoked. Richard Nixon a timer to. You! Site, perhaps a more accurate example. While I think people talk about the nine thousand, nine hundred sixty eight campaign, and remember Nixon's appeal to law and order, and of course he did. He ran against the counterculture against the student protesters in the Anti War protesters. And to some extent, obviously, the obvious the riots after after the assassination of Martin Luther King what people forget as he ran in the middle in a way between Humphrey Hubert Humphrey on the left the Democratic nominee and George, Wallace on the right, George Wallace, the segregationist former governor of Alabama running on third party, and it was wallace who was the more combative for incendiary candidate that year Nixon actually had a theme of bring us together. He actually talked to suburban audiences about their obligations to the underprivileged marched in Martin Luther King's funeral procession year, and so while he obviously did play to the the Sorenson fears of a lot of. middle class Americans that. You, know upheaval. They were seeing the street was disturbing. He was careful to try to balance that in a way that we don't see right now out of this president. And so in fact if anybody's. Anybody right now. Occupy? And the Wallace Lane. Going to the hard right, law and order without really making much of a nod to the concerns of the people who are in the streets. They have legitimate concerns to be addressed. Eugene the president has announced this rally Tulsa. Oklahoma next Friday. You're for the good people watching who may not know, tell folks the meaning of the calendar date next Friday, and especially the meaning locally and also Oklahoma. Okay the meaning of the calendar, Di do nineteen, so the the emancipation proclamation was issued at the beginning of eighteen sixty three during the civil war, however, for obvious reasons, it was not announced to the enslaved people who were freed by the emancipation proclamation during the war. And, so that didn't happen. Until the war was over and the last state, in which the enslaved African Americans were told that they had been emancipated that they had been freed. West, Texas. And that happened on June nineteen, eighteen, sixty five do nineteenth June eighteenth, and so that date. Is is is. Celebrated by many African Americans and that's the significant. Significance of of the date significance of the place tall sir. Ninety nine years ago. The perhaps most horrific race riot in our nation's history certain wanted them took place in in Tulsa. Oklahoma the was race riot at right race riot, according to what was it race right up until the sixty s which was a riot by white people against black people, and and this centered on part of Tulsa African American business district that has been known as the Black Wall Street, and it was. It was a horrific horrific mob. Attack on innocent African Americans that killed on perhaps hundreds of people. It's unclear exactly how many their? Efforts underway now and also to to unearth what might be mass graves. It was it was a horrific. Thing and and ninety nine years ago, so that's a significant on in president. I, just want to let people now. It's not just a Friday until Oklahoma. Thank you for that. Thanks to Shannon. Petty piece to Peter Baker and Eugene Robinson, three good friends the broadcast coming up after our first break. We have hit a major milestone in corona virus cases. This is not a good one. One of our country's leading experts is with us tonight to tell us what could happen next as more of our country reopens and later, being, against racism is one thing, but are you anti racist? Specifically? We'll talk to the author of the best selling book on this topic. Who says that may be the true test? The eleventh hour is just getting underway on this Wednesday night. Hey It's Chris as this week. My podcast wise is happening. I'll be talking with my friend and colleague Tremaine Lee about this moment in American history. There is a feeling of being under attack. 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Research and Policy University of Minnesota also happens to be CO author of the recent book deadliest enemy, our war against killer germs. Dock here we are There's only talk about re opening in the media say for some talk about the spikes. In cases in a number of states you and I can rattle off and kind of slowly people still at home are lightly branded as scolds ore worry warts for not wanting to get out and Co. mingle as I've asked you so many times. Where are we in this virus? Or first of all, we have to understand that we're not over coronavirus at all. We're just at the beginning we're at five percent of our population has been infected to date with all the pain suffering death and economic disruption know that we're going to go to sixty or seventy percent of the population infected, one way or another, either through the virus, or we'll develop immunity through vaccine, which isn't gonNA come anytime soon, so this constant talk about being over with is is ridiculous, and it's dangerous in terms of where we're at in this. This country right now. If you really, we have to have a sense of humility and say we don't know you correctly pointed out. The twenty one states are seeing the cases increase. That's compared to six or seventeen ten days ago, but if you look at the number of states, seeing decreases right now, that's at twenty five compared to sixteen ten days ago, so we're seeing almost a tale of two countries, one were cases are increasing one where they're actually dropping. Were they're reopening, so I think it's really unclear where we're at right now. I've been struck by the silence from the CDC I've been struck by the silence from the corona. Virus Task Force I. Don't know that it is still a working unit they have. Abrogated, their responsibility in public health, by not updating people on this and I hope everyone involved is cool with that being part of their obituary. The vice president tweeted out this photo tonight. Since taken down, he went over to trump pence campaign headquarters, and of course, a lot of folks in social media noticed one thing about the photo. Find a mask anywhere on any person in the photo, perhaps for that reason and realizing that it violated. Restrictions in Virginia right now. where it was taken, this photo was taken down tonight. So where are we? Dr In the traditional federal government role of public health updates and education. The fact that I can answer. That tells you something I don't know and that's what's really unfortunate. The CDC you're right doesn't say much. They are doing good work. In the states are a number of CDC employees out helping state health departments right now and doing great work, but that kind of messaging that that public health leadership we need is really absent I think the administration. Administration has just decided that the virus has done over with the problem, is they? Don't get to decide. The virus will decide, and as I said to you before. We know we're not driving. Tiger were riding it. We are going to see a lot of corona virus infection in the months ahead, and no amount of will in it away is going to make any difference. You and I talked about the social justice during a time of social distancing. Is it safer to protest outdoors or attend a political rally indoors? Right now anything you can do outdoors better Even even if you are around other people we'd like to have you say apart. Distancing is by far the most important thing you can do. There is no other. Public Health intervention of any kind. That's more important than distancing outdoors. The virus dissipates very quickly particularly on more windy location, ironically, beaches happened to be some of those places in the world to blow that virus away, so I think that's a great idea to be able to go out if you in fact are in close contact outdoors. However, you're coughing because you've encountered, tear gas or smoke, or you're yelling and. And screaming, then, yeah, you may be able to transmit more clearly. Indoors is our big challenge. We've known that for decades that if you want to transmit these human viruses from people breathing and sharing air the place to do it as indoors, so that would be the area that I don't care what you're doing whether. It's a rally whether it's a meeting any of those activities indoors is clearly a much higher risk. Dr We so look forward to your visits Michael Oester home with us from Minneapolis tonight, our thanks as always and coming here us. Our next guest writes eloquently about the struggle of a lot of Americans to be anti racist. The questions he says we need to be asking. We'll talk to him when we come back. He pleaded for his life. He said he couldn't breathe. Nobody cared nobody anybody would. They notice wrong. You don't do that to human being. You don't even do that to an animal. He's lives matter. All lives matter. Black lives matter. Again all we ask is that people consider what's been taken from, and then asked of this American family in the space of sixteen days calls for change. Beyond injustices of police brutality in our country as our next guest writes in the Atlantic quote, black-americans are constantly stepping into the souls of the dead. Because they know they could've been them. They are them because they know it is dangerous to be black in America because. The Americans see blacks as dangerous for more. We are happy to welcome to our broadcast. Abram ex candy. He has joined Boston, university the launch. The schools Bu Center for anti-racist Research. He is also a contributing writer for the Atlantic has an author. He is already a recipient of the National Book Award and his latest work. How to be an anti-racist is currently on the New York. Times bestseller list professor were so happy to have you on, and this is where I'd like to begin. Let's talk about the white folks who are self identified as enlightened Maybe even woke. WHO ARE PROUD TO PROCLAIM? They are not racist. How long a walk is it from where they are? To what you see as. Racism per se. I think that in their minds they are already anti-racists, but but what's actually the case is by self identifying as not racist, their self identifying in the way, slaveholders self identify themselves not racist segregationist argue that they were not racist. Even Donald. Trump says he's the least racist person anywhere in the world, and so the construct of not racist has historically been people when they're challenged with being racist. Spahn I'm not racist. That's all it's really ever meant. That's all that's all its utility ever been, but there's a very clear sense of what it means to be. antiracist people who are anti-racists believe the racial groups are equal people who are anti-racists or are striving for policy that leads to equity, injustice. What are the questions, people goodhearted people everywhere should be asking right now. Well. I think if goodhearted people should be asking questions as to why in Minneapolis Black people only about twenty percent of the population, but than sixty percent of the people who are subjected to police shootings. Why is it that black and Brown people a disproportionately infected and disproportionately even killed from from covid nineteen, these are racial disparities in there's only two answers to these questions, either it's because there's something wrong with black people. There's something wrong with Brown people, or it's the result of racist policies and I think Americans need to ask these questions, so they can understand where they stand on the racist or the anti-racist side. Starting on the policing side of the equation, are you optimistic? Has, your opinion changed over these past sixteen days that police departments. This entire de-fund conversation that's going on police departments can be rebuilt. To better serve knowing that when we all dial nine one one. We need to know there's somebody coming. I. Don't really know whether I'm. Or pessimistic, but but I. Think looking at the reality of so many Americans from small towns to big cities who recognize that that police violence is a serious widespread problem with is a cultural violent policing, and indeed when people decided or when people are now deciding to demonstrate against police violence. We've seen police violence at the demonstrations against police violence until I. think Americans are seeing that this is a problem, and this is the problem that that needs to be changed, and there's really no tinkering around that that that that really we need to re imagine American policing. We need really reimagined public safety. I WanNa play for you something from professor. Eddie glossed over at Princeton and get your reaction because I heard a through line between his words, and you're writing. We'll talk about it on the other side. I was also thinking about the nature of black public grief and suffering and trauma. that it has to be in public in this way I thinking about going all the way back to eighteen, seventy, one in congressional hearings around the KKK and we have to testify to the torture the maiming the loss of loved ones thinking about all the moments where we have to in some ways make explicit our loss, our trauma in order to move the country. Professor your reaction. are think that that is one of the things that I really. I guess to understated both. Black Americans that that it takes something so agree GIS that that in terms of George Floyd's murderer in terms of retailers merger murder in the simultaneous outcry of public suffering for then certain Americans to realize that that the black people feel pain to that. Black people are human, too that their lives matter to why. Why does it have to be something so egregious? Why can't we see the everyday problems of racial profiling as something that needs to be transformed? Why does it have to be something as serious as as as the death of someone like George Floyd? Again the book how to be an anti-racist Professor Ibrahim. Kennedy who has an author is already a winner of the National Book Award a great pleasure having you on the broadcast tonight. Thank you for joining us. Thank, you have yarn. Coming up for us why so many veterans of the Justice Department would like to see? Its current boss investigated. We'll talk to one of the people who signed onto a letter saying just that right after this. Over twelve hundred former department of Justice employees are urging the agency's watchdog to investigate attorney general bill bars role in clearing protesters from Lafayette Park last week. Horses Clubs, weapons-firing chemical dispersants were all used on peaceful citizens. A short time later, the president appeared for his widely condemned photo op holding up a Bible in front of Saint John's Church. The DOJ alumni letter to the inspector general reads quote. We are disturbed by attorney. General bars possible. Possible role in ordering law enforcement personnel to suppress a peaceful domestic protests in Lafayette Square on Friday the denied giving the order to clear the protesters earlier in the week. The White House press secretary told reporters it was bar in fact to made the decision and this reminder bar himself made a very public visit to the park, knowing it would be spotted by the cameras that day as he conducted his personal survey of the crowd. Back with US tonight is Frank Lucy former FBI. Assistant Director for counterintelligence. He is among our national security analyst for Good Reason. So Frank People are exhausted. People have watched accountability. Wash away these days. When you have a problem in this government, you fire the inspector general. People have seen other. Letters with mass silage get ignored as a signee of this letter. Why is this? Well. It's first because we should refuse to allow what I call outrage fatigue to get the better of us. We can become numb to this. We can become used to it, but the the alumni of the Department of Justice that signed this letter are saying we can't get used to this. This is not normal, and we need to know some answers about the role of this attorney general. In the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Lafayette Square that day we need to know who gave the order who planned? To execute this use of force, including a pepper, spray, gas and rubber bullets, injuring peaceful protesters and journalist, and even greater than that Brian we, we're asking for a larger inquiry into the attorney general's role writ large involving the protests. Why is it that he seems to think that he's in charge of Non Doj? Law Enforcement there were secret service. There were military. There were park police in Lafayette Park. Does he think he's in charge of those agencies as? As well, let's get this worked out. If he's got a case to make, let's hear it, but right now we demand answers and the inspector general specifically the that's what we're asking for. Is Inspector General inquiry? His job? Ferret out waste fraud and abuse, and I think all three elements of there. We also need answers on how this attorney general could have declared the Drug Enforcement Administration the DA, some kind of a secret agency to monitor and surveilled protesters. Throughout the country and gave them broad federal authority to do so. Let's get some answers on that because we're going to set precedent moving forward for the future and before we do that, let's call timeout. If reasonable a people agree that this agee's Greatest Act of supplication, Thus far was to act as Human Kevlar Shield, the blast of the Muller report. From his boss as a g bar is remembered years after he serves, where will this act in Lafayette, Park ranked. Do you think? I think this is going to form a legacy of an attorney general who's going to be viewed through the Lens of history extremely harshly. He's going to be viewed as someone who did not stand for law and order, but rather abused his authority. He's going to stand for someone who's lying to the court. If you look this was a bad day, for for Attorney General Bar, If you if you look at what what's happened in the district courts in Columbia. A judge who was appointed by the judge sitting. In the Flint Case And said in over seventy pages laid out. The evidence bar is not being truthful. When he asked to dismiss the charges against former National Security Advisor Flynn. The Language and there is extremely harsh. Saying that the briefing that was filed was filled with inexplicable errors of fact and law says it looks like the only reason. This dismissal motion was made was because Flynn is a friend of the. This is something that can't go on and we need answers from this attorney general if he's going to continue in that role. And that ladies and gentlemen is why we felt the need to hear from frank fig tonight on our broadcast and frank, our thanks as always coming up for us. We get a report from overseas tonight about the impact of George Floyd's death thousands of miles away from home. When we say that George, Floyd's death has already changed the world that is not an empty phrase. Protests indeed stretch around our world and in the United Kingdom. Demonstrators are confronting long standing images of that country's own ugly history was slavery NBC's Helena. Humphry has our report tonight from London. Anger at the injustice is if today. The symbolism of the past Edward Colston. Statue in Bristol England. Rose in tribute to a philanthropist and fell, infuriate his profiteering as a slave trader. Costs into the same harbour where slave ships once docked. Across the United Kingdom lives matter. Protests are forcing a brutal reckoning with the country's colonial history. Thousands demanded the removal of this monument to slave traders Cecil Rhodes, at Oxford University and this statue were Robert Michigan. Another slave trader was lifted from its plinth in central London in front of cheering crowds. Problem is use a simple statue. Say this man is a hero, and that's the end of it. They can't debate nuance. There's no flexibility that's why statues are not an effective mechanism for telling US history. London's Massa DIJK CON has ordered a commission to review the city's landmarks, murals, street names and statues. He wants to raise tributes to those with links to the slave trade. Feelings are running so high here now that even the record of one of his country's most famous sons is now in question, graffiti sprayed onto the statue off, so Winston Churchill now largely removed calling out his record of racist remarks demonstration to Fox for one of his biggest admirers. I will not support. Or indulge those who break the law. If you want to change the urban landscape, you can stand for election vote for someone who will signs too that the movement is spreading a one hundred and fifty year old statue of King. Leopold, who's ru caused the death of millions in Africa was removed from a public square in the Belgian city of Antwerp yesterday. George Floyd's death, Sean a light on racism and inequality in the world today his legacy may impart change history to. An humphry. NBC News London. An example of what we're talking about coming up some of the other news and important story, particularly that got Bhai as our attention was focused elsewhere over these past few days. We'll have it for you after this. Last thing before we go tonight and full disclosure, this is not happy news, and it's not for the faint of heart, either, but it is a reminder that while we cover a pandemic and social unrest governing goes on the rules. Get changed almost as if no one is looking. This happens to be about hunting in Alaska. Here is the headline and here is the photo and here is the reporting from Lisa Friedman of the New York Times and we quote. Baiting grizzly bears with doughnut soaked in Bacon, grease using spotlights to blind and shoot hibernating black bear mothers and their cubs, and their dens, gunning down swimming, Caribou, for motorboats, hunting methods that for years were decried by wildlife protectors, and finally banned as barbaric by the Obama Administration will be legal again on millions of acres of Alaskan wilderness in time for the warm July weather. The National Park Service. Policy published the new rules in the Federal Register on Tuesday. Reversing Obama administration roles and giving trophy hunters outfitters on Alaskans thirty days to prepare to return to national preserves in Alaska with the revived practices among the reinstated tactics, killing wolves and coyotes including POPs. The season went mothers Wayne. They're young and using dogs to hunt bears. The article goes on to point out. This is an issue championed by the president's son Don Jr.. It says the group's Safari. Club international recently auctioned off what they called a week long dream hunt with DJ, TJ through the wilds of Alaska. And that is tonight's reminder that elections have consequences. That is also our broadcast this Wednesday evening. Thank you so very much for being here with us. On behalf of all of our colleagues, networks NBC News Good night from our temporary field headquarters.