Williams: Black lives matter. Will we listen? Will we learn? Will our hearts change?

George Floyd was a 46-year-old black man. He was murdered in plain sight over the course of nine minutes by men clothed by the state of Minnesota with the immense responsibility for enforcing the law. I am a 54-year-old white man who has spent all of my adult life working as a practicing lawyer and trial court judge. I read Richard Wright’s memoir, “Black Boy” when I was 20, and I didn’t find the above quote to be credible. At 54, after too many tragedies, I now sadly believe it to be truer than not.

A crowd of demonstrators march to the Capitol. The NAACP March to the Capitol coincided with the restart of the Georgia 2020 General Assembly Monday, June 15, 2020 in Atlanta. (Steve Schaefer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

5 national stories of the week

A poll reflecting the unhappiness in the U.S. in 2020, Atlanta mayor’s vow to change use of force by police officers, changes to policing being sought by President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans, a partial rebound for U.S. retail sales and the Academy Awards being delayed make up this week’s five national stories.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event on police reform, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump signs executive order on police reform

Following weeks of national protests since the death of George Floyd, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on policing Tuesday that would encourage better police practices and establish a database to keep track of officers with a history of excessive use-of-force complaints.

A waiter walks to serve customers at a restaurant, June 15, 2020, in Paris. Paris is rediscovering itself, as its cafes and restaurants reopen for the first time since the fast-spreading virus forced them to close their doors March 14. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

5 international stories of the week

Countries reopening as a possible resurgence of the virus is detected in China, France testing stun guns for wider use by the police, an American sentenced for spying in Russia, the Israeli prime minister’s corruption trial and a Philippine journalist being convicted for libel make up this week’s five international stories.

 A lakeside view from inside the BWCA, 2018. After hiking through the woods, it was finally time to get our canoe in the water and paddle to our campsite. Tyler Griffith, DN

OPINION: Enjoying Nature on National Nature Photography Day

Today on National Nature Photography Day, I find myself looking through old pictures I took on my camping trip to the Minnesota/Canada Boundary Waters. For me this was more than just a camping trip, it was a life-changing experience that taught me a lesson that I still reflect on to this day.   

The casket of George Floyd is placed in the chapel during a funeral service for Floyd at the Fountain of Praise church, June 9, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Pool)

5 national stories of the week

The burial of George Floyd, reforms following his death, proposals by Democrats in Congress to overhaul policing, the lay-offs of millions of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and Tropical Storm Cristobal make up this week’s five national stories.

Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, Director of Public Education and CEO of Muncie Community Schools (MCS) sits at her desk Jan. 22, 2020, in the MCS Administration Office and Area Career Center. She has worked at the schools for almost 10 months and has previously worked in teaching, administrative and state-level positions. Jake Helmen, DN

MCS addresses issues of diversity, inclusion and racism

In the wake of the recent death of George Floyd, Lee Ann Kwiatkowski, director of public education and CEO of Muncie Community Schools (MCS), sent out a statement Monday about Muncie Community Schools' plan to address issues of diversity, inclusion and racism in the school district.

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