I attended the protests in Phoenix to ensure residents could freely use their First Amendment rights, and I was extremely disappointed to be met with violence and escalation at the hands of the Phoenix Police Department.
Anyone who tuned into Thursday’s press conference hoping to hear a plan from our leaders about how Arizona will reverse the terrifying trend of COVID cases the past few weeks walked away knowing one thing for sure: They have no plan.
As I write, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people from virtually every walk of life are marching in the streets of cities and towns across the nation and around the world.
It is terrifying to be a Black boy and man in America. During the global pandemic, as a Black man trying to protect himself, a mask on my face adds to the fear, despite our leaders’ cognitive dissonance.
“You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time.” That was the message from President Trump to the nation’s governors on Monday during a conference call largely filled with him berating them about a weekend of protests and riots that, in his eyes, made our nation look weak.
The unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd after being pinned to the ground by the knee of a Minneapolis police officer has left parts of U.S. cities looking like a battle zone.
As protests over police violence turned into riots across the nation, Americans were once again searching for answers to the age-old question of race and racial division. On Fox News, the search for a villain settled quickly on Barack Obama.
It’s the sort of interview I could only ever imagine. I imagine I would have to put on a suit, which I hardly wear anymore. And I imagine I’d arrive at the White House gates donning an N95 mask emblazoned with the words, “Si se puede.”
U.S. Sen. Martha McSally serves in an Arizona Senate seat that is hallowed ground, a seat made iconic by two giants of the Senate – Barry Goldwater and John McCain – in the course of 60-plus years of service.