Sunday sampler

President Trump may be trying to refocus Americans away from issues that hurt him politically but at least one slice of the media world hasn’t followed along. Rather than worrying over monuments, newspaper editors are in touch with their communities and covering stories that touch them directly: the pandemic and racial justice.

Raleigh: “Last Sunday, two groups of protesters planned gatherings in two downtown Raleigh parks, both working to draw attention to police brutality against minority groups. One gathering was by protesters mostly focused on the concerns of LGBTQ people. The other was by protesters who have been fighting racial discrimination against Black people. By the end of the day, the two groups had merged together to march as one.”

High Point: “The City Council Public Safety Committee recently discussed the ‘8 Can’t Wait’ reforms being touted by activists in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in the custody of Minneapolis police. ‘I think what people around the country are protesting is the instances where unarmed people end up dead in an interaction with police,’ Councilman Michael Holmes said.”

Wilmington: “Last month, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo asked city attorney John Joye to start looking into what a citizens’ review board — essentially, a community board with oversight of police actions — could look like in the Port City. The creation of such a board is one of the things local protesters and activists have been pushing for in recent weeks.”

New Bern: “Residents of Pamlico and Craven counties came together in New Bern Friday for a march to demand the prosecution of a Pamlico deputy accused of using his position to assault women over the past few years. Called the ‘Justice for Sam Justice for All’ march, about 40 protesters gathered at the former Days Inn parking lot at Five Points at 3 p.m. and marched to the district attorney’s office at 310 Broad Street, chanting as they went, calling for an end to racism and violence in American police forces.”

Greensboro News & Record has a story about the impact coronavirus and Black Lives Matter marches coming together to heighten stress among Black people, but I can’t find it online.

The Burlington Times-News has a story about law enforcement officials across Alamance County holding a news conference to address concerns brought forth by a community group about policing, but I can’t find the story online, either.

As for the coronavirus, suffice it to say that several papers cite the number of cases rising in their counties. For instance, in Morganton.