9 of our top columns this week: ICYMI
From Rayshard Brooks' death to questions about COVID-19, here are some top columns you may have missed.
In today's fast-paced news environment, it can be hard to keep up. For your weekend reading, we've started in-case-you-missed-it compilations of some of the week's top USA TODAY Opinion pieces. As always, thanks for reading, and for your feedback.
— USA TODAY Opinion editors
By Mark Zuckerberg
"With so much of our discourse taking place online, I believe platforms like Facebook can play a positive role in this election by helping Americans use their voice where it matters most — by voting. We're announcing on Wednesday the largest voting information campaign in American history. Our goal is to help 4 million people register to vote. As we take on this effort, I want to outline our civic responsibilities."
By Ross K. Baker
"The results of the demonstrations following the deaths of black Americans at the hands of police, for all of their grief and passion, have left this 13% of America pretty much where it has always been: poor, sick, living in substandard housing and viewed by many whites as either pitiable or ominous. So much of what has afflicted this community can be ascribed to one burden that they bear disproportionately: poverty, and without the wherewithal to advance economically."
By Skye Jethani
"President Donald Trump’s decision this month to have peaceful protesters removed from Lafayette Square with tear gas to stage an appearance in front of St. John’s Church has been condemned by his political enemies and defended by his political allies. I’m more interested in how this scene captures the crisis facing American Christianity: Is the Bible still the foundation of the faith, or has it become a tool of political tribalism?"
By The Editorial Board
"Less than five months until Election Day, there's a surprisingly fierce debate over mail-in balloting, driven largely by an unpopular president apparently worried that too many people will cast votes in November."
By Michael McCarter
"Effective immediately, the USA TODAY Network — one of the nation’s largest print and digital media companies — will capitalize B when describing Black culture, ethnicity and communities of people."
"Amid concerns about coronavirus spikes caused by reopenings or mass protests, USA TODAY’s Editorial Board spoke Tuesday with Dr. Caitlin Rivers, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, about the state of the pandemic. "
By Michael J. Stern
"Decades of unjustified police shootings trigger an expectation that today’s is just like yesterday’s — and both are going to be covered with the walls of institutional privilege that often work to bury police misconduct while ignoring the African American bodies that are literally buried in its service. I genuinely get it. But not every white officer who shoots an African American man is motivated by racism, and not every police shooting is a crime."
By Steve Rosenthal
"There has never been a period like the one we are going through now. The pressure on our political system is enormous. In this chaos, the ground will undoubtedly continue to shift and campaigns ... But by staying focused, keeping our eye on the White House, funding the right projects and communicating with voters, we can end this Trumpian nightmare on Nov. 3."
By Alondra Cano
"On Sunday, I stood in a public park beside eight of my Minneapolis City Council colleagues and hundreds of city residents. In the wake of the cold and cruel killing of George Floyd, my colleagues and I affirmed what many African American families have known for a long time — our current policing systems are not redeemable."