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Can Scott Morrison Bake A Piano Birthday Cake? Because Jacinda Ardern Sure Can

Queen of all things.

If you’ve been in reach of a WIFI connection for the past few months, you’ll be aware that New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been going from strength to strength as a leader.

Not only has she been able to rise to every challenge she’s confronted with grace and a considered approach, but she’s succeeded in almost completely ridding her country of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Jacinda Ardern, one of the world’s youngest heads of government, is also seemingly finding the time to kick goals in the mum department. The NZ leader celebrated the birthday of her two-year-old daughter, Neve, by busting out the Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book (remember that beauty?) and making a cake in the shape of a piano.

In an Instagram post commemorating the achievement, Ardern wrote:

“Cake making lesson number two- don’t focus on making the cake look in proportion with little to no attention on structural integrity….there is a jar of lentils propping this thing up. Happy Birthday Neve! Thanks for ignoring all of the imperfections in life and just being a joy”

Meanwhile, Australia’s Prime Minister is over here, getting his country’s history wrong. In case you’re wondering, we’re referring to ScoMo’s recent statement suggesting Australia has no history of slavery.

Morrison has since acknowledged the offensive error he made and apologised for his words. But it is worth considering the kind of response someone like Ardern would have received if she had taken a misstep like that.

Soz ScoMo, but no one is matching Jacinda Ardern’s brilliance right now.
Credit: Warner Bros. Television

Historically, we expect our female leaders to be brilliant, effective, and compassionate – all while being able to deliver as the “perfect” mother. And in cases like Arden, they somehow deliver (even if the cake lacks structural integrity). Do we ask the same of the men? Something to think about, perhaps.

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Trump Wanted To Mark The Anniversary For The End Of Slavery With A MAGA Rally

No words.

This week in American politics, there’s been a fair amount happening (unsurprisingly).

Peaceful protests are still filling streets in the name of Black lives (which continue to be taken, even *during* this recent wave of protests), and the President is still dishing out threats.

Probably the most offensive move to come from number 45 in recent days, however, was his plan to hold a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 19th.

Unsure why this might be an insulting move? Allow me to explain further.

The 19th of June, also known as Juneteenth in the States, is the anniversary of the date in 1865 when union soldiers arrived into Texas to tell enslaved people they had been freed – almost two years after President Abraham Lincoln had declared it so.

This date is, understandably, a hugely important one in Black history (I’d encourage you all to read more about the holiday – the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a good place to start). So, when a President like Trump – who has routinely spewed out divisive rhetoric, and has quite literally threatened Black Lives Matter protesters with violence – announces that he wants to hold his first political rally since the COVID-19 crisis kicked off on that date, you can imagine the (warranted) response.

This, friends, is not where the insults end. The choice of Tulsa as the setting of this rally is also significant.

In 1921, Tulsa Oklahoma was the site of a massacre known as the Tulsa Race Riot that resulted in the deaths of as many as 300 people.

At the time, Tulsa was known for being home to a particularly affluent African American community – the Greenwood District. It was so successful that it earned the nickname ‘Black Wall Street’. However, history records state that the area was completely looted and burned on June 1st, 1921 by white rioters who tore through the community after rumours began circulating that a white woman, Sarah Page, was assaulted by Dick Rowland – a young Black man.

The Black Wall Street Massacre happened in 1921 and was one of the worst race riots in the history of the United States where more than 35 square blocks of a predominantly black neighbourhood were destroyed in two days of rioting leaving between 150-300 people dead. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The details of what happened between Page and Rowland are murky, but it is said that the rumours escalated in severity as they passed from person to person.

When you consider these incredibly sensitive circumstances, it becomes apparent why Trump’s rally announcement was met with outrage. He eventually did see reason though and announced a week before the rally that he’d be changing the date. On Twitter he wrote:

“We had previously scheduled our #MAGA Rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for June 19th — a big deal.

“Unfortunately, however, this would fall on the Juneteenth Holiday. Many of my African American friends and supporters have reached out to suggest that we consider changing the date out of respect for this Holiday, and in observance of this important occasion and all that it represents. I have therefore decided to move our rally to Saturday, June 20th, in order to honor their requests.”

That rally went down on Saturday, June 20th (local time). According to Politico, it saw dismal crowds meet in a local arena despite huge expected numbers. It’s widely believed this is because of TikTok users and Kpop fans who RSVP’d to the event in the thousands, as a prank.

While there, Trump made sure to comment on the “very bad people outside” the rally (protesters) and referred to Coronavirus as the “China Virus” or “Kung-Flu” (completely racist language), while making sure to let folks know that he has “done a phenomenal job with it [COVID-19]. I saved hundreds of thousands of lives”.

Just, no.

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Robert Fuller's Family Demands Answers On His Suspicious Death

“I can say I suspect a lynching.”

Warning: The content of this article may be triggering to some. It deals with hate crimes and the topic of suicide.

Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old Black man, was found dead on June 10th, 2020. His body was discovered near Palmdale City Hall in California hanging from a tree.

As the LA Times reports, the coroner’s office initially described Fuller’s death as a suspected suicide, but that response has been called to question by not only Fuller’s family but thousands of protesters.

California locals came together over the weekend to demand answers on the circumstances of this young man’s death. Speaking to the LA Times, one woman asked:

“They suspect suicide? How can they say that? I can say I suspect a lynching.”

Fuller’s sister, Diamond Alexander, also spoke publicly about her loss, stressing that her family has not been given the information they need regarding her brother’s tragic passing.

“We want to find out the truth on what really happened,” she is quoted saying.

“Everything they told us is not right. We just want the truth. My brother was not suicidal. He was a survivor. He was street smart.”

Fuller’s family and community activists are asking for further investigation into Robert Fuller’s death. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Reports share that protestors spoke to racist behaviour in the area, asking that officials not be so quick to jump to assumptions Fuller died of suicide.

“We have a history with nooses. We don’t like ropes around our necks,” the La Times quotes one man saying.

“It was a message for the protest we had in Palmdale and Lancaster.”

The pressure is mounting for officials to find answers on Robert Fuller’s death, with Kim Kardashian sharing a link to a public petition regarding the case.

You can read more about that here.

The city of Palmdale California has since announced that it fully supports the call “for an independent investigation and an independent autopsy” of Fuller.

Adding to the heartbreaking nature of this story, it should be noted that Robert Fuller’s has not been the only life lost since this recent wave of protests kicked off in the United States, and around the world. As people fight to have Black lives protected, and Black voices heard, people continue to be brutally killed.

If that doesn’t highlight the emergency at hand, I’m not sure what will.

If you or a loved one needs support, Lifeline offers 24/7 care. Call 13 11 14.

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