Sending in the feds

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The federal government has taken to the streets in a clash with states and municipalities. Caught in the middle are protesters who have been calling for racial justice since late May when Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. The Trump administration contends its employees, heavily armed and in combat gear without insignia, are in Portland, Oregon, and soon other cities, to quell violence. But local leaders want them out, saying the feds are illegally assaulting and detaining demonstrators who are exercising their constitutional rights.

President Donald Trump, who announced he would also send his agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, has justified the use of federal force in part through an executive order on protecting statues and memorials, many of which are racist relics. The protests, and Trump's threats, are the latest front in an old war: The U.S. has a long history of conflict between federal, state and local government when it comes to civil rights, from slavery to school integration. But now, after days of federal employees tear gassing Americans in Portland (including the mayor), states and cities targeted by Trump, including Philadelphia and now Chicago, are taking their fight against the federal government to the federal courts. —Marin Wolf

Federal agents in combat gear outside the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 21.

Photographer: Nathan Howard/Getty Images

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Disabled workers in the U.S. were more likely to lose their jobs as the pandemic hit, and less likely to be hired as states reopened.

Brazil has the second-largest Black population in the world after Nigeria, but it has no Black cabinet ministers or bank chief executives. Racial inequality in the South American nation is relatively ignored.

Japan's government once aimed for women to hold 30% of leadership positions in 2020. Well, it's 2020 and they hold closer to 10%, so the new goal is likely to be "as early in the 2020s as possible."

Fox News and a former anchor, Ed Henry, are being sued by two women who used to work for Fox. They describe a culture of harassment and misconduct. Female staffers are also suing Steve Cohen's hedge fund firm, Point72 Asset Management, alleging discrimination. Ubisoft, one of the world's largest game publishers, is facing accusations of widespread sexual misconduct.

Ben & Jerry's isn't just jumping on the social justice bandwagon like some companies seem to be of late. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that activism has long been the ice cream maker's not-so-secret ingredient.

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The political legacy of John Lewis 

The death of civil rights leader and U.S. Representative John Lewis is a reminder that the number of Black politicians thrust into office by the mid-century civil rights movement is dwindling. But today's Black Lives Matter activists and leaders are following in Lewis's footsteps by running for and winning local, state and national office. "I'm not so worried about someone taking the baton to continue the legacy of John Lewis," said author Andre Perry. "I see John Lewis in Black Lives Matter today."


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