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Morning Briefing: The Getty Reckons With Racism

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L.A.'s path towards addressing racism is only just beginning. As protests against systemic injustice continue throughout the city, over 250 employees of the Getty and their allies signed a letter calling on the organization to address its own racist practices.

“If we do not acknowledge the ways in which racism and colonialism have shaped how we understand ancient worlds—and how they shape our world today—then to what kind of society are we contributing?” the letter reads. “Black Lives Matter! Three simple words that Getty has time and again refused to state publicly.”

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

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Reckoning With Race And Racism: Hundreds of current and former Getty staff members issued an open letter, calling on the cultural institution's board to do more when it comes to diversity. As the nation reckons with systemic racism, our community-centered storytelling show Unheard LA is taking a deeper listen.

L.A. Kids: Glendale Unified this week joined a growing list of school districts choosing to start the new school year online.

Coronavirus Updates: The COVID-19 death rate for Pacific Islanders in L.A. County is not as high as the data indicated a few months ago, but it’s still four times higher than the death rates for white people. Public health inspectors are receiving over 2,000 complaints each week about businesses not complying with the county’s reopening rules.

Money Matters: The owner of thousands of idle oil wells in Southern California declared bankruptcy this week. Some freelancers and gig employees in L.A. fear they might have to leave the city when the additional $600 in unemployment benefits ends at the end of the month.

Gabriel Fernandez: An L.A. County Superior Court Judge dismissed child abuse charges against four former county social workers, in the case of a murdered 8-year-old, Gabriel Fernandez.

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