June 19, 2020

ITT Sound Off: Fighting for Freedom

On Juneteenth, Maria and Julio take time to honor and reflect on what today has meant for Black Americans for decades. They hear from Futuro Media's Amanda Alcántara, who shares her reflections on the historical significance of this day. They also talk about the Supreme Court’s decision to block Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and they break down which states around the country are seeing spikes in coronavirus cases. ITT Staff Picks:  - Jelani Cobb dives into Juneteenth and freedom for The New Yorker. He writes, "In honoring that moment, we should recognize a moral at the heart of that day in Galveston and in the entirety of American life: there is a vast chasm between the concept of freedom inscribed on paper and the reality of freedom in our lives." - Nicole Narea summarizes what you need to know about the US Supreme Court's ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for Vox.  - Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute writes, "anti-racism demonstrations are the perfect scapegoat for a rise in Covid-19 cases, but science suggests their risks can be mitigated," for The Guardian. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello  

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