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hi there, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for being with me on this friday, june 19th, juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the united states of america. marches are happening across the country. live pictures here. look at this. folks taking over this one major highway in oakland, california. we have all kind of material for you on juneteenth, so stay tuned for that. first, we want to start with the coronavirus pandemic and new concerns that some areas throughout the country have just reopened too quickly. nearly half of all u.s. states show cases on the rise. eight seeing an increase of at least 50%, and one of the states seeing an uptick is florida which just reported nearly 4,000 new infections yesterday. that is the highest that state has seen since the beginning of
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the pandemic. just hours ago, the world health organization announced more than 150 new -- excuse me, 150,000 new cases were reported yesterday, marking the most in a single day thus far. in terms of companies taking action, apple is shutting down stores in four states where covid numbers are up. and one of those is, you guessed it, florida. we have reporters covering the story from all angles. starting with cnn's rosa flores in miami. and what did the governor say about the spike in cases there? >> you know, he acknowledged that it's due to an uptick in young people not social distancing. i'll get to that, but first, florida busting its own one-day record, posting 3,822 cases in one day alone. and also we learned that the median age of the individuals who are tested positive for coronavirus has plunged from 65
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to 37. according to the governor, it's expected to keep plunging. and according to the governor, this uptick is due to young people being infected. and he says that they are not social distancing, not wearing masks. take a listen. >> i mean, i do think that a lot of this is voluntary compliance. i mean, you're just not going to be able to police every single group of people, every single time. and so i think as you get into this months after month, i think people do get a little tired, particularly in some of the age groups that may not be as at risk. >> reporter: so of course the question is so what is the governor's plan. he says that he's going to have the florida department of health publish public service announcements. now i asked him if he was going to have masks be mandatory in the state of florida. and he says no, he said that that's going to be up to local
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governments. >> all right, from miami, thank you. let's go to kyung lah in scottsdale, arizona. and you know, a similar issue there. and i know a number of mayors in arizona are taking action in response to the increase in cases in arizona. what will are they doing specifically? >> reporter: they're ordering masks. that people are going to be out and about, they're encouraging in some cases or ordering people in public places to wear masks. if you are in a place that you -- especially where you can't social distance, that's something that all the doctors in the state are saying that is something that will keep people safe. they're doing this, the mayors are, because the governor of the state has stopped short of a statewide mandate. the governor here in this state says it's just not going to work in rural areas versus more populated areas like scottsdale or phoenix, and that he wants to make that decision a local decision. now doctors in the state,
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approximately 3,000 of them, signed a letter saying they disagree. they want a state mandate. why this reaction from the doctors? well, if you look at what came out today, the number here in arizona has hit a new record. 3,246 new cases of coronavirus being reported today by the department of health. that is a new record. the highest, it is 29% higher than just yesterday. so we are seeing these alarm bells being rung by doctors in the state, as well as just looking at the numbers themselves, brooke. >> ordering those masks. cdc advice from the beginning, wear the mask. thank you so much for the update there. in terms of companies, we have more on the apple decision to close the stores and the state seeing the uptick in numbers. what exactly is apple saying, christina? >> well, it said it from the beginning when it reopened the stores. it said it was going to monitor the situation, consult with
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experts. if it saw an uptick in cases, it was going to shut town the stores again. we're seeing it in the precise locations we've been talking about all day like arizona and florida. also north carolina and south carolina. in total, 11 stores across those four states will be shutting down. in terms of the impact to the bottom line, it's not about that because apple has about 270 stores across the u.s. what it is about is the confidence in the economy to reopen. and that's why we saw the market head lower. and let's not make any mistakes about this -- trump wants the economy to reopen like it was pre-covid. and this example along with many others that i've been covering make it absolutely clear that he has no control over how that happens. it's going to be up to these companies who are, by the way, taking things into their own hands, they're not relying on local or state governments to tell them what to do. at the end of the day, they are worried about getting sued if customers and employees get sick in their stores. ultimately they're liable. they know they have deep
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pockets. they're going to be a target of a lawsuit if they continue to open their stores in an area where the cases are rising. >> speaking of taking this whole situation in their own hands, the movie theater chain amc just reversed its course on its policy for move-goers. what is amc doing? >> this is remarkable, brooke. just yesterday the ceo of amc telling a news outlet that they were going to reopen, and they weren't going to require masks of customers in places that the federal and -- sorry, i should say the state or local authorities required them, that they were going to let customers make their own decisions in those states that did not require the masks. now today, after a fierce backlash, the company reverses course. and look, what's remarkable about this story is that trump has managed to politicize the mask wearing to impact the way that ceos make decisions. and now you have a situation where ceos are considering the
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political fallout of making a decision and potentially putting that ahead of public safety. it's just a crazy town kind of situation, brooke. >> and people have to beware of and take action on despite what certain people are saying or not at the top of the country. thank you very much for that. coming up, atlanta police officers calling out sick in large numbers. the same day the now-former officer was charged in the killing of rayshard brooks was due in court for the very first time. plus, universities in mississippi facing new pressure over the mississippi state flag. what the in that case ncaa and southeast cvs threatening unless the confederate symbol is removed. and we mentioned off the top of the show, let me show live pictures here. beautiful picture. look at that along the reflecting pool in washington, d.c. the washington monument there. it is juneteenth. this is the day that commemorates the end of slavery in this country. another picture, oakland,
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i waited to get treated. thought surgery was my only option. but then i found out about nonsurgical treatments. it was a total game changer. learn more about the condition at factsonhand.com we're back. you're watching cnn, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. atlanta is left scrambling to keep their streets safe as a majority of police officers in two different zones did not show up to work today. why? more fallout from the police killing of rayshard brooks. it comes after a number of officers didn't show up for work earlier this week, as well, protesting the felony murder charge against garrett rolfe who shot and killed brooks in the wendy's parking lot last
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weekend. today was his first court hearing, but rolfe waived his right to that appearance. so neither he nor his attorneys appeared before a judge today. let's go to atlanta and ryan young who's been there from the beginning covering this. talk briefly about waiving his right to the hearing and then also these officers, just not showing up? >> reporter: absolutely, a lot to break down here. when you think about this, brooke, you think about the officer waiving -- we sort of knew that yesterday. in fact, some sources told me they believed he would waive. the reason why is the way the indictment works. the indictment hasn't gone through because there isn't a grand jury, maybe even until january. so you think about this, that officer has no chance of even receiving a bond until that point. he's going to have to sit in jail. that's why a lot of officers were upset because they believe at least let the grand jury come back and then present the indictment, that would give him a chance for some bond . moving forward, you have officers from across the city showing their displeasure with what's happened over the last
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month. if you think about it, four officers were fired for how they treated some college students. then you had these two officers, one fired and one put on desk duty. they're asking the question about how they should move forward as a police force because what they say is the standard operating procedure was in place, and they believe that was a justified shoot. they don't understand how these new rules are being put into place. when you talk about the critical needs of a city of this size, talking about the estate of atlanta where -- city of atlanta where there's always a major event, what people are concerned about is how they're having to use their forces all around the city. to give you an idea, two different zones had basically no-shows today. i'm being told that specialized units are being asked to go down and help answer 911 calls. the major crimes units which goes after homicide suspects and did major crime investigations, they've been told to get in uniforms and get on the street and answer 911 calls. we're told sergeants and lieutenants are doing the same. people at home say, what's the
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big deal? if you have critical shortages in certain areas, if you have a callout of a big nature, you can understand how the surges of lack of staff could get other people hurt. brooke? >> the domino effect, right. we'll see how long this lasts and what the city the do about it. ryan, thank you, in atlanta. meantime, three months after the fatal shooting of breonna taylor, there are some answers to the calls for justice. the mayor of louisville, kentucky, has started the process of firing officer bret hankenson. the officer who shot and killed taylor inside of her home. taylor, an emt, was shot eight times as police officers executed that no-knock drug warrant searching for a totally different person. the family's attorney says cnn that taylor's family is encouraged by the news and believes it is a step in the right direction. cnn's athena jones with me now. going back to the language of the louisville mayor, it has initiated termination
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proceedings. flat out. does that mean the officer is getting fired? and what about possible charges? >> reporter: hi, brooke. charges we're still not sure about, but this is what the family is calling a first step. something they wanted the mayor to do, arguing he had the power to do it. the mayor saying we've got to follow due process. what we have is an announcement and a memo and letter from the chief of police to the officer, the lieutenant. spelling out what the police chief calls extreme violations of the louisville police department's policies. these are violations of standard operating procedures because as you mentioned, it was -- harc hankeson fired the rounds and that hit her. four counts of violating obedience to rules saying that this officer displayed extreme indifference to the value of human life when he blindly fired thoseinto breonna taylor's home. and ten counts of use of deadly
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force, violating the policy when it comes to use of force because he blinds l-- blindly and wantonly fired into taylor's home without verifying there was anyone an immediate threat to the officers. that is where we stand here. lanita baker is an attorney for taylor's family. and she shared the family's response to this news a little earlier. listen to what she said. >> she said this is the best news she's gotten today. so she is definitely pleased with that information, but you know, you talk to, we've still got a ways to go, and there's a lot to be done until we have justice for breonna. we know that more than bret hankeson had to play a role in taylor's death. >> you see the response from breonna taylor's mother. they want to see the other officers, the two officers fired, and charges brought against all three.
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brooke? >> thank you so much, the update there on breonna taylor, breaking news now. pentagon officials announced that the navy will uphold the firing of captain bret crozier. remember, he was the former commanding officer of the "uss theodore roosevelt" who was relieved of duty after sounding the alarm over a coronavirus outbreak on the ship. ryan brown is on this for us. what's the story here? >> reporter: well, it's been a bit of a series of confusing and interesting events regarding the u.s. navy and regarding this investigation. now initially, the captain was fired, as you said, according to navy officials for sending this warning and distributing it too widely. then the navy decided to review that. the secretary of the navy resigned over his handling of the entire incident. during the course of the initial review, the navy recommended that the captain, bret crozier, be reinstated to command of the ship, but that review was put on pause. it was broadened, expanded. we're just getting the results of the new investigation today,
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and that investigation actually upheld that firing saying that captain crozier did not act appropriately, did not take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus aboard his ship. now some 1,000 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier wound up contracting coronavirus. one of the sailors actually died from it. and the navy saying that the captain did not take the right steps with regards to social distancing, with getting sailors off that ship fast enough. and that while they didn't actually say that his issuing of the warning was problematic, his actual actions while in command were an issue and saying that had he not already been fired, the navy would relieve him of command now. now he will be reassigned. he's not being ejected from the navy. he will be reassigned elsewhere. his chances for promotion are almost nonexistent. his immediate superior officer, rear admiral stuart baker, also aboard the ship, was also dinged in the investigation saying he also did not acts appropriately. and his promotion is being puts on hold we're being told. brooke?
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>> thank you for the update there. and right now as we look at these beautiful pictures out of washington, d.c., folks gathering. the country commemorating juneteenth. the fight for racial justice is erupting in cities nationwide. we're live across the country for you. and as president trump claims that he was the person who put juneteenth on americans' radar, i will talk to one 93-year-old woman who has made it her life's work to make today a federal holiday. don't miss this. we'll be right back. life isn't a straight line. and sometimes, you can find yourself heading in a new direction. but when you're with fidelity, a partner who makes sure every step is clear, there's nothing to stop you from moving forward.
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welcome back on this juneteenth, that is june 19th. right now coast to coast, americans are pouring into streets to celebrate juneteenth, the day that commemorates the end of slavery in this country. these marches come at a critical moment for america with a battle to fix centuries' long injustices in the system. we have brian todd in washington, so just first to you. talk to me about what, you know, these folks -- why they're there, why this day is so important. >> reporter: well, you know,
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juneteenth, of course, is infused with much more energy this year after the killing of george floyd, the killing of rayshard brooks, the killing of breonna taylor. that's what brought the crowd here. there are no fewer than 20 events, protests, marches, walkouts, strikes, other things. a lot of it is converging at freedom plaza. i'm with one of the leaders of the black women's march. tell me what was the main message that you wanted to come to freedom plaza to put forth? again you marched from across town. what did you want to say? >> we're here to remind folks that as long as prisons exist, we want to remind folks about the death consistent in our communities. state sanctioned violence is not the only ones killing folks, it is patriarchy. we're here to remind people to abolish the police, to defund mpd, to take police out of schools, and move to a politics that can keep all people safe and free. >> reporter: and harris hatcher is another leader of this march. paris, juneteenth, is there more
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urgency? what message do you think should be put forward? >> i think what's important is to understand that juneteenth has been celebrated in this country by black folks for over 150 years. and today we have this reenvisionration around it because we know that black folks are still fighting, we're still fighti ining for our liberation freedom. in particular, black women, queer folks, and trans folks. we are rallying to defund the police, to defend black women, and that juneteenth is essential to black joy and liberation. >> reporter: thank you very much. good luck. a lot of passion here with these two young ladies and with hundreds of people here, brooke. we'll take a walk and show you the scene and throw it back to you. this march started probably beyond the capitol about a mile away. came all the way down here, and there are people speaking over here. couple hundred people here in freedom plaza. black lives matter has called for streets and highways to be blocked for walkouts, strikes, things like that. so it is a movement here. it is a very strong movement. of course, the killings of
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george floyd, breonna taylor, rayshard brooks, infused this entire thing with new energy. i got to tell you, for the past three weeks, since that incident in lafayette square, all of these protests have been peaceful. we'll see if it stays that way. looks like it is. >> yeah, you can tell not a drop of rain are going to stop these people from getting out and showing up and speaking up. thanks to those two extraordinary women who you interviewed, brian. thank you. and from washington, let's go to new york to alex field who is standing by. we know this is the first time in the state of new york that it's a holiday for all state employees. tell me more about what you're seeing there. >> reporter: we are outside the federal building in lower manhattan, brooke. we've got a huge crowd out here. many people right now taking a knee, shining a light again on this fight for racial equality on a fight for racial justice across the country. this is happening in a city where of course we have seen demonstrations going on for weeks now and where we are see
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something incremental change like the city council passing a sweeping package of police reforms, like the mayor saying that juneteenth will next year be a holiday here in the city of new york. but again, it is not incremental change that the people in these streets are looking for. they're looking for sweeping change. the full re-imagining of the country as a more fair, more equal place. i'm joined by kenya. kenya, what does it mean to you to be on these streets, to see the progress that is being made, and how much hope do you have that this will be sustained? >> first, i'm very hopeful. but i'm not ignorant to the fact that it's going to take a lot more than giving us a holiday and reform because it's so much deeper than that. when we say system, we need change in our school systems, we need change in our legal systems, we need change in everything, in our voting system, the whole thing. so yes, this is a start, but we have a lot more work to do. >> reporter: marches, voting, the message that you are sending. chuck here has a sign that says
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"i am not a hash tag." a powerful message for people to realize this goes beyond the internet, goes beyond the marches. this is a sustained commitment that people are out here willing to make, willing to demonstrate right now. >> i feel it. can feel it all the way through the screen. alex, thank the two of them for all of us. thank you so much for that. and today's marches and rallies marking juneteenth come as republican senator john cornyn announces he will be introducing a bill to declare june 19th a federal holiday. and sheila jackson lee says she will do the exact same in the house. it is a step forward for an effort championed for decades by our next guest. am excited to talk to opal lee, the vibrant age of 93, today led a walk of 2.5 miles in her hometown of fort worth. and that distance symbolizes the 2.5 years it took before slaves in texas learned of the emancipation proclamation. in 2016, miss lee walked all the way from fort worth to washington, d.c., to petition
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congress to make juneteenth a federal holiday. and opal lee joins me today. miss lee, i admire you. i am honored to speak to you. welcome. >> thank you. and let me clarify something. i walked from fort worth to washington, d.c., but not 1,400 miles. i started that way and got past dallas, texas, and one or two other places before my team decided that i would only go to the cities that had juneteenth celebrations and where i was invited. so i was invited to over 20 cities, and i got to washington on january the 10th, 2017. we had asked president obama to walk with us from the frederick
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douglass house to the capitol, but he was in chicago. so i didn't get what i wanted, but i haven't given up. and today was a tremendous day for us. >> yes, ma'am. and i appreciate the clarification, and i had a feeling you didn't walk every single step of the way. but listen, i appreciate that you have been fighting the good fight. and i'm curious, miss lee, just what it would mean for you to have juneteenth become a federal holiday. and do you think these announcements from members of congress on both sides mean that you are getting close? >> i do believe we're getting closer. i'm just elated. i keep telling people when it happens i'm going to do a holy dance. and i am so grateful for the numbers of people who have joined in making it a holiday.
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i'm wanting people to continue to go to our website juneteenthus.com and sign the petition. we need a million signatures to give to congress, to let them know it's not just one little old lady in tennis shoes walking the country, across the country, and that our group, the national juneteenth observance foundation, that's working just as hard. we want the millions of people who let congress know they agree that juneteenth should be a national holiday. >> miss lee, if i may, i think this -- to quote you, little old lady in tennis shoes, has managed to do quite a lot for this country and for juneteenth. and my final question really is -- you are 93 years young.
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you remember when you were not allowed to vote in this country because of the color of your skin. and look at where we are now. all these marches on juneteenth in 2020. i'm curious, what do you make of the last few weeks in america, and how much hope do you have for real change? >> i've got a lot of hope. it's just -- i don't know how to put it, that we go through these cycles, that we have to lose somebody's life before we get around to protesting. and if i was young enough, i'd be out there protesting with them. then we do something to placate the community, and before you know it again, this has happened
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again. and it's happen toed too many times. we simply need to be able to alleviate these problems. and they're so pronounced. brief is trying to address the hopelessness, the homelessness, the education system that needs to be addressed, the housing situation, job disparity -- juneteenth is just not a festival. these are things that we take to heart and want people to know we can solve these problems if we just do it together. and i'm advocating and i hear some other companies, too, that we have juneteenth from the 19th to the 4th of july. you know, slaves weren't free on the 4th of july.
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if we could just come together and work our problems out. >> amen to that. phenomenal, phenomenal woman, that is opal lee. thank you, happy juneteenth. >> thank you. >> thank you. coronavirus. coronavirus cases, they are spiking in oklahoma, but that is not stopping the trump campaign from going ahead with tomorrow's rally and event that health officials in tulsa desperately want to stop. we will take you live to the site of tomorrow's rally next. i love rakuten, it's basically free money. it's an easy way to earn cash back on the stuff i'm already buying. sometimes it's 3% sometimes it's 8% but you're always getting cash back. so it's like getting free money. go to rakuten.com and sign up today for a $10 bonus.
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we are back. we've kngot breaking news. the oklahoma supreme court denied a lawsuit blocking an arena to host the rally that was scheduled to take place tomorrow night. nearly 20,000 people will be packed into the venue. as we talked to a commissioner yesterday, it will be overall 100,000 people once this is said and done in terms of police responding, vendors, et cetera. and obviously this poses serious risks because of coronavirus. cnn's martin savidge is live at the site of tomorrow's rally in tulsa. and so martin, tell me about this ruling from the oklahoma supreme court. >> reporter: well, it was really considered to be a last-ditch effort on the part of the attorneys in those businesses that have been trying to get this whole event stopped here in the city of tulsa. at the least, the attorneys felt that if they couldn't get it stopped, they were asking the court to demand from the
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management company that they enforce social distancing inside the event. that would, of course, greatly reduce the number of people who could attend. they also wanted to say things like how about mandating face masks, all these that are medical procedures or accepted medical advice to limit the spread of the coronavirus. it's not going to happen now. we should point out that tulsa county here for the fourth time this week sent another 24-hour record for number of new coronavirus cases. the last record was yesterday at 120, today it's 125 new cases. it's clear there's a spike right here, just as you point out, as about 100,000 people come in for the president's rally. there's a group that came from new york today. they were handing out these full-on face shields. they're giving these or attempting to give these to every one of those trump supporters there is in the front of the line to get into the rally. 20,000 people potentially could be there. they've got 40,000 masks.
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so far, some people took them, most did not. they're very concerned, brooke. >> yep. understandably. hopefully they wear those masks in there tomorrow. martin savidge, thank you so much, in tulsa. joining me john rogers jr., the chairman and co-ceo of the ariel investments, one of the largest black-run investment firms in the country. and his family has deep roots in tulsa dating to the early 20th century when his great grandfather owned a hotel and during the 1921 race massacre, a mob essentially came and his family fled for his life. john, a pleasure to have you on. welcome. >> good to be here. >> let's talk tulsa. just talk to me about how you feel about the president holding his first rally in tulsa tomorrow, especially just given your roots. john, can you hear me? >> i can hear you now. >> okay.
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let's try this again. it's all good. this is television in the era of covid over the internet. so what i want to know is just how you feel given your roots in tulsa, given your family's story, how do you feel about the president holding his first i im-- first in-person rally there tomorrow? >> i think it's really totally inappropriate. it's really a problem for him to be there for all the reasons that we all know. he has not been a believer in the african-american entrepreneurial story, and so to be there in tulsa after we've gone through this horrendous attack 99 years ago, it really is a problem that the president would be there at this time. >> i just want to hear more about your family's deep connection to tulsa. you know, how has that connection, john, shaped who you have become, really one of the most successful black men on wall street. and what can we learn from tulsa's past problems with racism? >> well, i think we can learn one thing that was really, really important, there's been a
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long history of when african-americans are successful in business, there seems to find a way for society to come and push us backwards, push us back down. and so we've built up this great business community in tulsa. my great grandfather, jb, was one of the wealthiest people in the country. hi he owned the stratford hotel and was doing well, and it was destroyed in the race riot. he had to start all over again. there's always been a challenge when african-american entrepreneurs get great things done, there always seems to be a new challenge. >> and with your extraordinary business perspective, we are seeing more companies now recognizing juneteenth this year. target and twitter are making the day a company holiday, for example. it's not just juneteenth. we're seeing hundreds of companies vowing to give workers paid time off on november 3rd, on election day. but this is just the first step. so what do you think, what is the number-one actionable item that corporations should be
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taking just in wake of this movement we're witnessing in america? >> well, you know, we have this huge wealth gap in this country. and we have not been able to fully participate in our capitalist democracy. what we need to do is have major corporations agree to do business with african-american companies in everything we do. not just supply diversity but professional services, technology services. [ no audio ] >> darn. i think we lost him. john rogers jr. we'll have you back. thank you so much. still ahead, the sec and the ncaa issue an ultimatum to mississippi -- lose the confederate symbol on the state flag or lose our business. i'll talk to the sec commissioner live next. on the award-winning ww app, you can take a personal assessment and get matched with a customized plan. the assessment takes things into account that matter to you the most. i've lost 101 pounds. it's incredible. get your first three months free!
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> mississippi, you are officially on notice, both the ncaa and the southeastern conference say no university will be allowed to host national or conference championships until the confederate symbol is removed from the mississippi state flag. and the sec commissioner put it out in a statement. quote, it is past time for change to be made to the flag of the state of mississippi. our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all. and that commissioner is with me now. welcome. good to have you on. >> thank you. thank you for the opportunity to have a conversation. >> so, commissioner, why now? why is this the time to say enough is enough? >> that statement actually goes back five years.
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i said something very similar my first month as commissioner of the southeastern conference. and you'll recall that actually this past wednesday was the fifth anniversary of the shooting in charleston. and that provoked some questions to me about our position on displays of the confederate battle flags. i communicated then with the leadership. we then moved the women's basketball tournament to greenville, south carolina, which has been a successful destination. we made the same statement back then about both flags and including the state of mississippi flag. and it's a restatement. shortly after that anniversary the time when we need to make clear statements like that in this country. >> it's noteworthy you bring up south carolina because not only honoring the nine lives lost five years ago wednesday but also the governor at the time nikki haley's role in having that flag removed in south
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carolina, and of course it makes me think of the governor there in mississippi. and the governor has not taken a position, saying it needs to be up to voters there in the state. how concerning is it that you have a state official in that capacity not saying get it out? >> well, i want to be respectful of our governmental leaders, but also we felt as a conference important to make our position clear. and, again, it's really a restatement of that position. and our goal is to have the legislative leaders, the government's leaders, work through these issues. we've seen that before, and our desire to see that happen again. >> also five years ago, it's a five-year thing is ole miss that removed the mississippi state flag from flying high above the campus there. and we've seen responses in the wake of your comments both from ole miss and also from mississippi state. i'm just curious what are you hearing from others in mississippi? and are you getting any major
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pushback? >> well, we have great leadership at our two campuses and great relationships with those two universities. and they are important parts of the state with wonderful people that really are welcoming, have certainly been welcoming to me. the feedback i've had from people in the media, from leaders, even in the business community, i've had entertainment leaders reach out directly to say thank you for making a clear stand. if you go to my social media feed, as you know, you can find those who have slight disagreements. but that's part of our world. and i felt that it was important along with the leadership of our conference, and that is our presidents, our chancellors and our athletics directors to make the statement that we made yesterday. >> let's keep having this conversation and see what happens with that flag in mississippi. greg sankey, thank you so much for your voice and for your time today. a pleasure. >> absolutely. thank you. and that is it for me. i'm brooke baldwin. coming up next as the nation deals with multiple crises
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"the lead" with jake tapper up next on cnn. welcome to "the lead." i am jake tapper. and we begin today with the national lead, president trump tomorrow is making his return to
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the campaign trail in an attempt to preserve his presidency as he faces crises on multiple fronts. the president is leading a country in the midst of a pandemic, a deadly one, where in many states the coronavirus infections are surging, in some plac places hospitalizations as well. and where the president is not leading, refraining from putting together a nationwide effort to conduct surveillance testing and contact tracing, refusing to set an example by wearing a mask and social distancing. the president is also leading a nation grappling with both recent and centuries' old wounds of racism with marches today celebrating juneteenth, the end of legal slavery in the united states. and even many of the president's own supporters are giving him bad marks on how he is handling issues related to race. the president is also in the throes right now of public relations and legal battles with his own former national security adviser as john b