Merriam-Webster is revising its definition of racism after a Missouri woman’s emails claimed it fell short of including the systemic oppression of certain groups of people. “It’s not just disliking someone because of their race,” Mitchum wrote in a Facebook post. “This current fight we are in is evidence of that, lives are at stake because of the systems of oppression that go hand-in-hand with racism.”
Tokyo 2020 will be a “simplified” Olympics, according to the chief executive of the organizing committee. The Games, scheduled to start in July, were postponed for a year in March because of fears over the Covid-19 pandemic. Organizers said that they are working on more than 200 ideas to simplify and reduce costs for the rescheduled Games.
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that U.S. Army bases named after generals who fought for slave-holding states of the Confederacy in the Civil War will not change their names. “Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!” Trump wrote in a tweet condemning the suggestion.
A Banksy mural stolen from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where terrorists killed 90 people in 2015, has been found in Italy. The image of a mourning veiled woman was painted on an emergency exit door of the venue by the British street artist, who chooses to keep his identity a secret, in memory of the victims of the attack in November 2015.
“Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling said she refuses to “bow down” to criticism about her recent comments on transgender people. Rowling drew outrage Saturday on Twitter when she criticized an opinion piece published by the website Devex, a media platform for the global development community, that used the phrase “people who menstruate.” Rowling implied it should have said “women.”