Alien invasion movies and TV shows like Independence Day or V or Signs have that scene where the invading spaceships appear over multiple cities all at the same time. Inevitably, there comes a moment when all the nations of the world settle their differences, marshal their resources, and turn against the alien oppressors. The whole point of those movies is to show that all of us are in this together. The Lord of the Rings does much the same thing—proud elves, gritty dwarves, greedy humans, aloof ents, clueless hobbits, and inscrutable wizards can all work together, provided there’s a strong enough evil to combat.
History rarely works like that. FDR, Churchill, and Stalin eventually came together to fight the Axis menace. But they were also terribly divided, with the English and Americans leaving the Soviets to fight alone on the Eastern Front, waiting until June 6, 1944 (by which point the Soviets had already lost 15 million people, had defeated the Germans at Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk, and had the Germans on the run). When asked why the English had not opened the much needed second front sooner, Churchill responded that it would just create a “running sore” for England.
I’ve always wondered what would actually happen if a truly cataclysmic threat appeared. I once thought a pandemic would work. Now, I’m not so sure.
The day started with a presidential tweet, unsurprisingly. He rails against people submitting ballots through the mail, claiming that alone will make it a fraudulent election. Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington already allow mail-in voting and, despite two hours of digging through the sources, I can find no hard evidence that any of those states have problems with mail-in voter fraud. Trump picks California and frets that “anyone living in the state no matter who they are or how they got there, will get [a ballot].” There is almost no evidence of that happening. Even his supporters can find nothing solid.
It is newsworthy, right up until the news media starts playing the updates from yesterday. First it’s a story about Ahmaud Arbery’s killers. Then an Amy Cooper who makes a call to the police while in Central Park, falsely claiming that Christian Cooper (no relation) is threatening her. What he really does is ask her to leash her dog, in line with the policies for this part of the park. But she retaliates, emphasizing to the dispatcher that an African American man was threatening her. Her voice escalates in pitch and volume as she repeats the message: “…an AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN….” It’s a talisman. And dangling at the end of it is a Black man dead by police.
Which is exactly what we see out of Minneapolis later in a day that ends up feeling like a pivot point in this pandemic year ….
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The city and police both expect protests will happen today. Someone has organized at least one via FB. Personally, throughout the morning three people have stopped us to either ask more about the video or share how upset they are after seeing it. pic.twitter.com/CT2mO3rOWh— Christiane Cordero (@ChristianeWCCO) May 26, 2020
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#amycopper Lynching of African Americans was terrorism. A widely supported phenomenon used to enforce racial subordination & segregation. Lynchings were violent & public events that traumatized black people throughout the country and were tolerated by State and Federal Officials pic.twitter.com/LUZbcivMJH— Equity, Equality & Inclusion for All (@abutler04) May 26, 2020
And apparently you can get paid leave for the first one…— Humna Anjum (@HumnaAnjum) May 26, 2020
Trump’s effort to create illusion of normalcy just got worse: * New federal testing blueprint is full of deceptions * Wants packed GOP convention despite dangers * Wants protections for companies to force people back to work at risk of death New piece:https://t.co/Jn08zMNZoV— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 26, 2020
MORE: Video obtained by CBS News shows what appears to be the start of the confrontation between George Floyd & Minneapolis police officers. A restaurant’s security footage shows cops taking him into custody, but the restaurant owner says it does not show Floyd resisting arrest. pic.twitter.com/KR8r7B1WPl— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 26, 2020
In light of the #antiBlackWar lynching in Minneapolis Minnesota by race soldiers, and the unpunished hate crime committed by Amy Cooper, I’m going to repost the list of 10 Things That All Black People Must Understand pic.twitter.com/RsZGXHeXkb— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) May 26, 2020
That’s not how voter fraud works.This is exactly how GOP voter-suppression works, though. His fear is palpable, and I love it. pic.twitter.com/eN0KiJEyxR — Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) May 26, 2020
Hahaha he changed 8 Ballots from Democrats to Republican year right this influenced the vote complete!!! pic.twitter.com/fBcObbCxXL— Michael Brown (@45needstogo1) May 27, 2020
(Video taken at 5:45pm but wouldn’t upload due to service issues).Sound of motorcycles revving sends crowd at George Floyd protest running, many confused or scared by what’s happening. Motorcyclists actually there in support of protest/march.@WCCO pic.twitter.com/yXJpKQqMS5 — Jeff Wagner (@Jeff_Wagner4) May 26, 2020
The video of a Minneapolis police officer killing a defenseless, handcuffed man is one of the most vile and heartbreaking images I’ve ever seen. The officer who stood guard is just as responsible as his partner; both must be held fully accountable. This must stop now.— Mayor Melvin Carter (@MayorCarter) May 26, 2020
meanwhile you still need to work and worry about everything else.— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) May 26, 2020
False accusations/framing Black people is literally a lynching tactic w centuries of precedent, think Emmet Till. This BBQ Becky shit we keep seeing is white people is knowingly calling up that legacy and using it to control and scare Black people. Call it what it is, lynch law— Rebecca Pierce #SaveSilwan (@aptly_engineerd) May 25, 2020
This is the picture from the other side of lynching and why it four racist murderers fired now they need to charged and sentenced to prison if not death. pic.twitter.com/G38X6upB8G— Lord_DarkSeid_Of_Apokolips 🇺🇸 (@DarkSeidLordAp1) May 26, 2020
Mail-in ballots can be stolen, used multiple times by the same person or “lost” like in 2016 (USPO employee threw a bunch of ballots away). #VoterFraud is real! Just as #MediaBias reports #FakeNews because they are #EnemyOfThePeople #TwitterLies #ThesePeopleAreStupid or think U R pic.twitter.com/kCHK2eAtBS— v@ (@ultimadkda) May 26, 2020
* Timeline summaries at the top of the page come from a variety of sources:, including The American Journal of Managed Care COVID-19 Timeline (https://www.ajmc.com/view/a-timeline-of-covid19-developments-in-2020), the Just Security Group at the NYU School of Law (https://www.justsecurity.org/69650/timeline-of-the-coronavirus-pandemic-and-u-s-response/), the “10 Things,” daily entries from The Week (theweek.com), as well as a variety of newspapers and television programs.