Happening in the World: A Barstool Sports radio host Patrick Connor was fired for making inappropriate sexual remarks (content warning) about 17-year-old Olympian Chloe Kim. Connor remarked, “that’s what I like about them high school girls,” on Barstool Sports and was fired on Wednesday by KNBR, another radio station he worked for. Connor has since apologized to Kim and her family for the remarks. (CNN)
Happening in the US: Wardell Jackson, a Mississippi police officer, has been suspended without pay for engaging in a verbal confrontation with Confederate flag-wavers in front of the new civil rights museum in Jackson, MS. Jackson denied flag-bearers entry onto the museum grounds, allegedly grabbing one of the flags to move it away. Jackson’s actions have reignited the debate on Mississippi’s state flag which still bears the Confederate flag. (NY Times)
Happening in NYC: Rikers Island is projected to close before the 10 year plan lawmakers have proposed. Rikers is a particularly popular target for prison abolitionists as there are overwhelming reports of assaults against prisoners, racist correctional officers, and deplorable living conditions. While the initial proposal did not ensure that Rikers would be closed within 10 years, New York state officials condemned the conditions of Rikers, adding that Rikers would close should the city fail to improve the state of the facility. Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to replace Rikers with four correctional facilities among the boroughs. (NY Times)
Happening on Campus: The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) will be hosting Subverting Surveillance: Strategies to End State Violence in the Diana Center today, starting at 4 pm, as a part of their Scholar and Feminist Conference.
Overheard: “He looks like Daniel Radcliffe never got out from under the stairs.”
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Shouldn’t security make us feel safer? via Public Domain Pictures