Weekly Wrap 7.24.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 7.24.20: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

An ‘eviction apocalypse’ is looming, a Portland reporter offers an inside look at covering the protests, and the drummer of Nirvana has thoughts on the plans to reopen schools.

1. Chicago Pastor Fires at Trump: ‘Don’t Get in the Ring With People From the Chi’

“As a community, we will resist such unconstitutional action by any morally rooted means we deem necessary,” said Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III.

2. An ‘Eviction Apocalypse’ Is Coming, Experts Warn. Black Women Will Bear the Brunt.

“I lose sleep at night I’m so worried,” says one woman living in D.C.

3. How Racism Lives in the DNA of White Christianity in America

Ending white supremacy is “going to take more than a couple of potlucks with the African American church down the street” pollster Robert P. Jones tells Jim Wallis.

4. I Know How to Cover a Portland Protest. So Why Am I Shaking?

“I’m not supposed to say my personal feelings about what I’m covering in public — ideally in the minds of some, I wouldn’t even have feelings about what I cover,” writes one reporter. “But to me, objectivity in journalism creates a disembodied voice.”

5. C.T. Vivian Wanted Us to Remember: The Civil Rights Movement Was Deeply Spiritual

“During our interviews, Vivian repeated over and over that I should stress the spiritual core of the movement,” writes Susan K. Williams Smith.

6. The Mark of the Former Colonizer

“The colonial issue has not been settled,” says activist Salian Sylla. “People have been taught to construct a whole imaginary, a whole bunch of representations about the descendants of those from the former colonies in Africa.”

7. How Religious Schools Have Insulated Themselves from Discrimination Lawsuits

“If a religious organization with a good lawyer states in the employment agreement that such employees are ‘vital to the mission of the church,’ nothing in this opinion indicates that the Court will protect the employee’s rights.”

8. Start Looking and You’ll See Roads All Over the Bible

The pandemic has scattered us from our communal rituals. But that isn’t where our journey should end.

9. Trump Orders Voting Districts to Exclude People in U.S. Without Documentation

“We’ll see (Trump) in court, and win,” said an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union in a statement.

10. In Defense of Our Teachers

“I wouldn’t trust the U.S. secretary of percussion to tell me how to play ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ if they had never sat behind a drum set,” writes Dave Grohl, “so why should any teacher trust Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to tell them how to teach, without her ever having sat at the head of a class?”