1. NY Times – Sixty-nine percent of Americans say race relations are generally bad, one of the highest levels of discord since the 1992 riots in Los Angeles during the Rodney King case, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. The poll, conducted from Friday, the day after the killing of five Dallas police officers, until Tuesday, found that six in 10 Americans say race relations were growing worse, up from 38 percent a year ago. Racial discontent is at its highest point in the Obama presidency and at the same level as after the riots touched off by the 1992 acquittal of Los Angeles police officers charged in Mr. King’s beating.
2. Newsmax – The Army has warned its troops stationed in the United States to avoid more than three dozen specific U.S. cities on Friday because of alleged anti-police protests that could turn violent. Called “Day of Rage,” the protests are slated to be held in 37 cities across the U.S. and are being organized by the Anonymous hacker group. According to The Washington Times, the Army warned its personnel to steer clear of the protests in a July 8 memo.
3. Fox News Insider – Baltimore Ravens tight end and author Benjamin Watson joined The Kelly File to talk about race, saying that young black men come to learn that “life is a little bit different” for them. “We grow up understanding that you comply with the police, that your leash is a little bit shorter,” he said. He said that he’s gotten pulled over and worried that something could happen to him, even though he’s a law-abiding citizen. “We’re still in a place where we still struggle,” he said. But he called for understanding on both sides, saying that everyone needs to listen to law enforcement, who “we need.” Watson said that his message for everyone, not just black men, is to obey.
4. AP – A former Atlanta judge best known for her syndicated TV show is now “stepping beyond the bench” to take on her fledgling law firm’s highest-profile case: representing the family of Philando Castile, a black driver who was shot dead by a police officer in a Twin Cities suburb. Glenda Hatchett, star of the court show “Judge Hatchett,” vowed Tuesday to sue on behalf of the family of Castile, who was shot last week after being pulled over in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. Hatchett, the mother of two African-American sons in their early 30s, said the case hit home and the first thing she did upon meeting Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, was give the woman a hug “as one mother to another.” “I am now stepping beyond the bench, the other side of the bench,” she said at a news conference near the Minnesota state Capitol and the Cathedral of St. Paul, where the funeral for the 32-year-old school cafeteria worker will be held this week.
5. Minneapolis Star Tribune – Philando Castile, resting in a white casket upon a horse-drawn carriage, led a procession to St. Paul Cathedral, where mourners paid their respects to the man killed by police last week in Falcon Heights. The public service for the St. Paul man lasted about 90 minutes at the house of worship, which sits high upon a hill on the edge of the capital city’s downtown. Some of the departing mourners lined up on either side of the Cathedral’s long stairs holding “Unite for Philando” signs as Castile’s casket passed by as a drizzle began and bells peeled. The casket was returned to the carriage for its trip to a private burial. Gov. Mark Dayton, who suggested race played a role in the 32-year-old black man’s death, attended the service. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and St. Paul city leaders were among the more than 1,500 people on hand.
6. AP – The NAACP says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has declined an invitation to address the group’s upcoming convention, flouting established precedent and highlighting anew the GOP standard-bearer’s struggle to attract support from nonwhite voters. NAACP president Cornell William Brooks told CNN Tuesday that Trump had declined the group’s invitation to speak at the Cincinnati gathering, scheduled from Saturday through Wednesday. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is slated to speak there next Monday, which is also opening day of the Republican National Convention across the state in Cleveland. The Trump campaign did not respond immediately Tuesday night to an Associated Press request for comment.
7. Christian Headlines – African-American Christian rapper Lecrae has drawn some controversy for speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Huffington Post reports that Lecrae is often outspoken about his views online. He believes strongly that his Christian faith encourages him to stand up for justice and truth. In a guest post for Billboard, Lecrae wrote: “True faith stands up for the oppressed and the broken…If you ever trusted in anything I’ve said, if you’ve used my words to stir your hope or joy, then trust that same voice now,” he continued. “This is an epidemic that school books or church services haven’t taught you.” Many of the artist’s fans have accused him of preaching a “divisive message,” and have told him he should “just stick to the gospel.” But Lecrae contends that “This is a moral issue across the board for humanity. If you subscribe to any moral code that says you should care for humanity, obviously black people will fit into that category. So why would you not advocate for justice and truth unless you have something to lose?”
8. NPR – With the overwhelming support of the Senate, Dr. Carla Hayden has been approved as the next librarian of Congress. Hayden, the head of Baltimore’s public library system and the former president of the American Library Association, is the first woman and the first African-American to hold the post. Hayden was nominated by Obama in February, but a vote on her nomination wasn’t held until Wednesday.
9. USA Today – A leader of the Black Lives Matter movement warns that activists are prepared to protest the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month, citing the congressional sit-in on the House floor last week over gun control as a possible model. At 30, he has emerged as a key organizer for the street protests that began almost two years after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Black Lives Matter staged some protests at campaign events during the primaries, and Mckesson was among the group’s leaders who met with Clinton last fall to discuss their concerns.
10. Chicago Tribune – South Side mother stood next to her daughter Thursday for the first time in a Cook County courtroom since both were charged in the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old girl in May. Even though the mother, Tamika Gayden, is being held without bail in Cook County Jail, she was brought over by sheriff’s deputies to Juvenile Court to attend her 13-year-old daughter’s hearing. Under juvenile law in Illinois, parents have a right to be present at every court appearance involving their minor child.