Counter Stories: Amid global pandemic, racism survives and thrives

The co-hosts of Counter Stories look at two recent deaths that underscore ongoing disparities.

A man works on a black and white portrait.
Artist Theo Ponchaveli paints a mural of the likeness of Ahmaud Arbery in Dallas, Friday, May 8. Ponchaveli said that he was inspired to paint the mural after seeing the video of Arbery's death on a news broadcast and learning that today would have been his birthday.
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The threat of COVID-19 has changed the way we live. But some things remain the same.

Unprovoked attacks on black people persist. In fact, it appears the virus is exacerbating the pre-existing condition of America's racism.

On today's show, we talk about two recent incidents: 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was chased down and shot while out for a jog. Emergency Medical Technician Breonna Taylor was shot in her apartment by police who raided the home, only to realize they were at the wrong address. Taylor’s boyfriend was charged with attempted murder for firing back at the police.

We look at mainstream media and how it chooses which stories to tell, and how social media is being used to put pressure both on news agencies and on the authorities.

We also begin a series of conversations with some of the most vulnerable communities in Minnesota. Luz Maris Frias talks to a DACA recipient about the impact of Covid 19 on unauthorized immigrants.

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