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AU Newsmakers 5.22-5.29, 2020
AU in the News 5.22-5.29, 2020

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How the Pandemic Disproportionately Affects Communities of Color
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, appeared before a U.S. House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee hearing on racial health disparities and the coronavirus pandemic. News outlets such as Spectrum News and POLITICO highlighted the hearing. Kendi also talked to CBS Morning News and The 19th about racism and the Central Park incident involving a white woman and a black man, and he appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss racism, police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. Washington College of Law Prof. Ira P. Robbins appeared on WNYC to discuss prosecutorial decisions in the killing of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery. (5/26, 5/27)
Taking My Place at My Father's Grocery Store
Patricia Park, assistant professor of literature, wrote an essay for The New Yorker about her experience working in her father's grocery store in Brooklyn during the coronavirus pandemic. “I'm not a doctor or nurse; I'm a novelist and creative-writing professor whose parents own a grocery store in New York City. For the past two months, I've gone back to the summertime job that I'd had growing up—cashiering, bagging groceries, restocking shelves—and have unwittingly become a front-line “essential worker” during the COVID-19 pandemic.” (5/16)

The Unluckiest Generation in U.S. History
Gray Kimbrough, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to The Washington Post about why COVID-19 is hitting millennials particularly hard. Kimbrough said, “The story here is not just that it's a bad recession, and that it's hitting young people more, but that it's hitting people who have already been hit.” Kimbrough also spoke to Cox Media Group about the lack of economic growth and its impact on millennials. Gabriel Mathy, assistant professor of economics, spoke to the Washington Times about the economic consequences of the pandemic. (5/27)
Elon Musk's SpaceX Readies First Astronaut Launch by Private
Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the launch of SpaceX, Elon Musk's commercial space exploration venture. McCurdy said that traditional government funding strategies aren't enough to support U.S. space ambitions. (5/23)
How Private Jet Owners Got a Subsidy from Coronavirus Relief Funds
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to NBC News Online about how private jet owners got subsidies from coronavirus relief funds. Bruckner said, “There's no question there were beneficiaries who lawmakers did not intend to have access to these funds.” Bruckner was also quoted in Yahoo News and Law 360. (5/28, 5/27, 5/23)
COVID-19 in Mexico and Global Impact
Garret Martin, senior professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to CGTN about the global impact of the coronavirus. Martin said, “If you look at the reaction to Boris Johnson announcing the easing of restrictions, there was certainly some frustration amongst the U.K. public insofar as the vagueness of some of the instructions.” (5/22)
Just How Politicial Is the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Professor of Communication Leonard Steinhorn spoke to WUSA9 about the politicization of the pandemic. Steinhorn said, “From day one the president himself has been looking at this through a partisan lens.” Steinhorn also spoke to BBC Mundo. (5/25, 5/27)
The Trump Administration Wants to Cut Back a Billion-Dollar Healthcare Program. Hospitals Say Now Is a Bad Time.
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to BuzzFeed News about the Trump administration's plan to cut a billion-dollar healthcare program. Wiley said, “If [hospitals] lost that money now, it would make an already dire financial situation worse.” (5/27)
Who Are the Three Percenters, the Armed Group Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear Called Out?
Carolyn Gallaher, senior associate dean in the School of International Service, spoke to the Lexington Herald-Leader about the Three Percenters, an alt-right group in Kentucky. Gallaher said, “They've been allowed to do this and they're armed and they're acting like a police force and no one has reined them in.” (5/27)

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