Flashmag Digizine Edition Issue 107 July 2020 - Page 117

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday July 6th that the Trump administration is considering restricting United States' users' access to the Chinese social media application TikTok over concerns it is potentially being used by the Beijing government as a means to surveil and propagandize people.

Pompeo told "The Ingraham Angle" that he and President Trump are taking the reports seriously after host Laura Ingraham said India had already banned the app and Australia is considering doing so.

"We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it. We have worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it’s the problem of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure -- we've gone all over the world and we are making real progress getting that out -- we had declared ZTE a danger to American national security," said Pompeo.

Thousands of people of color have shared their own accounts on social media of doctors dismissing pain or making racist remarks, or of having near-death experiences because physicians did not give proper treatment.

Now, with the ongoing protests against racial injustice, medical students and health care workers are pushing for change. Thousands have shown support for the #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives movement, demanding medical centers, schools, and individuals recognize and take action to address the health disparities Black people face.

Most recently, doctors said, they've found biases in how Black patients have been treated during the coronavirus pandemic.

Black people make up 13% of the U.S. population, but account for at least 23% of coronavirus deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project. That prompted Webb and her colleagues to conduct a study that asked: When patients arrive at the emergency room, who was being tested for COVID-19?

"What we found was that we were disproportionately ordering more tests for people who were White, despite the fact that it was the people of color who are disproportionately affected across our country," Webb said.

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A Russian billionaire has offered to buy two controversial statues that protesters want removed from US cities due to their troubling ties to racism and colonialism.

Businessman Andrey Filatov's Art Russe Foundation, which collects and preserves Soviet-era art, said it is willing to purchase depictions of Theodore Roosevelt and settler Alexander Baranov, found in New York and Alaska respectively, as both men left a "positive mark" on Russia.

The two statues are among hundreds across America facing calls to be pulled down after Black Lives Matter protests sparked nationwide discussions about the memorialization of various historical figures. Filatov's foundation hopes to bring them to St. Petersburg in the name of preserving "cultural and historical heritage."

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