The Daily Fix: Students Find Cardboard Cutouts of Lynching Victims at UC Berkeley
On Saturday, the same day 35,000 people marched in New York City and Washington, D.C., to protest police violence, students at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered three cardboard cutouts of African Americans hanging by nooses on campus.
The installations appeared to be life-size photos of historical lynching victims—two males and one female, university spokesperson Amy Hamaoui told The Associated Press. Their names, the year of their death, and the hashtag #ICantBreathe were printed on them. It remains unknown who installed the effigies or what the motivation was.
“We just hope it’s someone who wanted to bring attention to the issue,” Spencer Pritchard, a student who organized an afternoon demonstration on campus, told the AP.
One of the effigies depicted Lauren Nelson, a woman from Oklahoma accused of shooting a sheriff who was raped and hung next to her son on a bridge in 1911.
Police reportedly took down two of the cutouts, and a student removed the third.
An associate professor of African American studies told The San Francisco Chronicle: “To me this suggested a really powerful public art installation that was trying to provoke people to make a historical connection between the history of lynching, state violence against black folks, and the contemporary situation that we’re faced with around police brutality and these non-indictments.”
In other news…
Newtown, Two Years Later: Like last year, the Connecticut suburb didn’t plan a public event to commemorate the Sandy Hook massacre. Some parents of the young victims have submitted initial court filings indicating intent to pursue wrongful death lawsuits, though they don’t indicate whom they’ll be targeting. (via Reuters)
Obama Gets a Spending Bill: After days of acrimonious debate fueled by disagreement over Obama’s new immigration policy, Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night. (The Associated Press)
It’s a Deal: The United Nations climate-change talks in Lima, Peru, reached an agreement, for the first time committing all countries to cut emissions. But some say it’s still not enough. (via The Guardian)
You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out: A gun club in Georgia held a photo-op event that let gun enthusiasts hold an assault weapon while posing with Santa. (via Fox News)