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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The populations of one central Missouri county and two others—one associated with a popular tourist destination and the other located within a major metropolitan region—have surpassed 40% full vaccination, the state’s health department announced Monday.
Montgomery, Camden, and Clay counties eclipsed the mark in recent days. Montgomery is located along the Interstate 70 corridor between Warren and Callaway counties. Camden County is located in south-central Missouri and is home to the Lake of the Ozarks. And Clay County is just north of Kansas City and Independence.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 706,014 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 856 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 12,213 total deaths as of Thursday, Nov. 4, an increase of 1 over yesterday. That’s a case fatality rate of 1.73%.
Please keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours.
State health officials report 55.9% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 67.7% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process.
The state has administered 127,941 doses—including booster shots—of the vaccine in the last 7 days (this metric is subject to a delay, meaning the last three days are not factored in). The highest vaccination rates are among people over 65.
The city of Joplin, St. Louis, St. Charles, and Boone counties are the only jurisdictions in the state with at least 50% of its population fully vaccinated. Thirty-one other jurisdictions in the state are at least 40% fully vaccinated: Atchison, Cole, Jackson, Franklin, Greene, Cape Girardeau, Jefferson, Nodaway, Cass, Ste. Genevieve, Carroll, Andrew, Callaway, Gasconade, Christian, Benton, Adair, Clinton, Dade, Livingston, Ray, Lafayette, Montgomery, Shelby, Osage, Henry, Clay, and Camden counties, as well as St. Louis City, Kansas City, and Independence.
Vaccination is the safest way to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity for COVID-19 requires 80% to 90% of the population to have immunity, either by vaccination or recovery from the virus.
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The Bureau of Vital Records at DHSS performs a weekly linkage between deaths to the state and death certificates to improve quality and ensure all decedents that died of COVID-19 are reflected in the systems. As a result, the state’s death toll will see a sharp increase from time to time. Again, that does not mean a large number of deaths happened in one day; instead, it is a single-day reported increase.
At the state level, DHSS is not tracking probable or pending COVID deaths. Those numbers are not added to the state’s death count until confirmed in the disease surveillance system either by the county or through analysis of death certificates.
The 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 837; yesterday, it was 817. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 1,043.
The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Oct. 10, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021.
Approximately 49.7% of all reported cases are for individuals 39 years of age and younger. The state has further broken down the age groups into smaller units. The 18 to 24 age group has 86,452 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 60,136 cases.
People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 42.3% of all recorded deaths in the state.
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Missouri has administered 7,573,236 PCR tests for COVID-19 over the entirety of the pandemic and as of Nov. 7, 16.7% of those tests have come back positive. People who have received multiple PCR tests are not counted twice, according to the state health department.
According to the state health department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, “A PCR test looks for the viral RNA in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive PCR test means that the person has an active COVID-19 infection.”
The Missouri COVID Dashboard no longer includes the deduplicated method of testing when compiling the 7-day moving average of positive tests. The state is now only using the non-deduplicated method, which is the CDC’s preferred method. That number is calculated using the number of tests taken over the period since many people take multiple tests. Under this way of tabulating things, Missouri has a 6.9% positivity rate as of Nov. 5. Health officials exclude the most recent three days to ensure data accuracy when calculating the moving average.
The 7-day positivity rate was 4.5% on June 1, 10.2% on July 1, and 15.0% on Aug. 1.
As of Nov. 5, Missouri is reporting 941 COVID hospitalizations and a rolling 7-day average of 1,002. The remaining inpatient hospital bed capacity sits at 19% statewide. The state’s public health care metrics lag behind by three days due to reporting delays, especially on weekends. Keep in mind that the state counts all beds available and not just beds that are staffed by medical personnel.
On July 6, the 7-day rolling average for hospitalizations eclipsed the 1,000-person milestone for the first time in four months, with 1,013 patients. The 7-day average for hospitalizations had previously been over 1,000 from Sept. 16, 2020, to March 5, 2021.
On Aug. 5, the average eclipsed 2,000 patients for the first time in more than seven months. It was previously over 2,000 from Nov. 9, 2020, to Jan. 27, 2021.
The 2021 low point on the hospitalization average in Missouri was 655 on May 29.
Across Missouri, 221 COVID patients are in ICU beds, leaving the state’s remaining intensive care capacity at 25%.
If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is available at 877-435-8411.
As of Nov. 7, the CDC identified 46,358,362 cases of COVID-19 and 751,535 deaths across all 50 states and 9 U.S.-affiliated districts, jurisdictions, and affiliated territories, for a national case-fatality rate of 1.62%.
How do COVID deaths compare to other illnesses, like the flu or even the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009? It’s a common question.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary data on the 2018-2019 influenza season in the United States shows an estimated 35,520,883 cases and 34,157 deaths; that would mean a case-fatality rate of 0.09 percent. Case-fatality rates on previous seasons are as follows: 0.136 percent (2017-2018), 0.131 percent (2016-2017), 0.096 percent (2015-2016), and 0.17 percent (2014-2015).
The 1918 H1N1 epidemic, commonly referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” is estimated to have infected 29.4 million Americans and claimed 675,000 lives as a result; a case-fatality rate of 2.3 percent. The Spanish Flu claimed greater numbers of young people than typically expected from other influenzas.
Beginning in January 2009, another H1N1 virus—known as the “swine flu”—spread around the globe and was first detected in the US in April of that year. The CDC identified an estimated 60.8 million cases and 12,469 deaths; a 0.021 percent case-fatality rate.
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There’s nothing more terrifying than a teenage girl. Except, perhaps, a group of teenage girls marooned in the woods, driven to madness and cannibalism. Yellowjackets, created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, plays on the unease and unpredictability of adolescence, allowing the most unhinged aspects of feminine youth to flourish onscreen. The series, which debuted on Showtime in November and has slowly built a strong following since, has been praised for telling a story typically only afforded to male characters—rightly so. However, its strengths are more complex than gender parity alone.
In the tension-filled premiere, a high school soccer team—the Yellowjackets—are on their way to nationals. It’s 1996 (a spot-on setting to play on the nostalgia of millennial viewers) and the team is already cracking at the seams. Shauna (Sophie Nélisse) is sleeping with the boyfriend of her best friend and teammate Jackie (Ella Purnell), and Taissa (Jasmin Savoy Brown) is so focused on winning that she slams into a teammate during practice, brutally breaking her leg. When the team and its coaches, traveling by rickety private plane, crash land in the wilderness, these cracks begin to splinter.
On the surface, that premise is deeply familiar, recalling Alive, Lord of the Flies and Lost. But Yellowjackets is not exactly something we’ve seen before. From the first few minutes of the premiere it’s established that something—what?!—transpires in the wilderness that sets some of the girls on a path to ritualistic cannibalism. We’re not sure who is involved, although by the end of the gasp-inducing finale we can make some educated guesses.
The slow unwinding of the team’s mental state in the woods is juxtaposed with present day, as adult Shauna (Melanie Lynskey), Taissa (Tawny Cypress) and Natalie (Juliette Lewis) begin to suspect that someone is digging into their problematic past. There are blackmail notes and another survivor, Travis, is found dead in what looks like a suicide but likely is not.
As the episodes leap between timelines, Yellowjackets feels like a mystery rolled into a psychological thriller rolled into a buddy comedy, particularly as the present day Yellowjackets are forced to team up with Misty (Christina Ricci), a fellow survivor who is hilariously unstable. In both timelines, each time a new piece of information is unveiled the audience falls deeper into the show’s spell. It’s a methodic, careful burn on the part of the writers, leading into the finale, which closes with a few surprising twists—although it doesn’t really get us any closer to knowing the how, why and who of the premiere’s cannibal scene. The series has already been greenlit for a second season, so it behooves the writers not to reveal their full hand yet, since it’s that tense anticipation that makes Yellowjackets work so well.
It’s not an exaggeration to say Yellowjackets is the most compelling new show in years, aided by its anticipatory weekly drop, which opens it up to fan theory after fan theory. Is there something supernatural at play in the woods? Who is the antler queen from the premiere? Are there more Yellowjackets still alive in the present day? The high ratio of questions to answers is reminiscent of Lost’s early seasons. The endless Yellowjackets memes (“What? There’s no book club?”) reflect a growing collective cultural obsession, which expands as more and more viewers discover the show. That obsession is built both on the plot and characters, which are impressively crafted, and on the drops of on-point nostalgia. The music cues are near-perfect, with ‘90s tracks from PJ Harvey, Hole, Portishead and Mazzy Star punctuating the action.
While Yellowjackets plays on fear, it’s not horror outright. The gore is blatant, including when the younger version of Misty (Sammi Hanratty) amputates the shattered leg of the team’s assistant coach with an ax after the crash. The show doesn’t shy away from the reality of a group of girls in the woods, either. In one episode, “Blood Hive,” everyone’s period has synced, resulting in a “blood soup” pot of makeshift tampons, and in another, the penultimate “Doomcoming,” the survivors get high on shrooms and descend into an orgy. It’s not about shock value, though; it’s about possibility. Those who have been a teen girl will remember the volatile mental state of those years and how easy it was to succumb to the crowd. It’s not really a far leap to translate the catty back-stabbing of high school into brutally murdering a disliked peer on a pit of spikes in the forest after months of isolation and forced survival.
While both timelines are compelling, as much as we’re desperate to know who gets eaten first, it’s the adult Yellowjackets who prove more interesting. Shauna, a housewife with a petulant teenage daughter of her own, toys with risky behavior, killing a rabbit in the garden for dinner and engaging in an affair with a man she meets after a car accident. It’s evident that her years in the woods have numbed her to violence and she now seeks out reckless situations. Taissa is campaigning for public office, but can’t escape a darkness that seems to have emerged during her time in the wilderness. And that darkness, as we see in the finale’s final moments, may be more problematic than first revealed.
From that perspective, Yellowjackets is about trauma and the ways in which we process that trauma as an adult. Sure, not all of us had to slaughter animals in the woods for food, but moments of adolescent pain linger for everyone. We can repress those memories all we like, but everything finds a way to surface. The finale, “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi,” titled for the Latin phrase “Thus passes the glory of the world,” reveals that season one has only scratched the surface of the survivors’ trauma. There’s still so much left unseen, so many questions left unanswered. The most important one: When does season two premiere?
The CBD market has absolutely exploded in the past few years, resulting in several products ranging from CBD cookies to kombucha and beer to CBD baking products. In spite of the dizzying amount of choices, the trusty CBD oil tincture remains a steadfast favorite among purists and CBD aficionados.
Why is that? Well, there are a lot of reasons. Oil tinctures take effect quickly, and their results last a long time. Also, hemp oils are versatile — you don’t necessarily have to purchase expensive CBD drinks or cooking supplies when you can simply add a couple of droppers of CBD oil.
Also, while some look to CBD edibles or vapes to avoid holding an oil under their tongues, some of us oil loyalists prefer the rich taste and warm sensation of holding a cannabidiol tincture under the tongue as it absorbs.
Whether you’re interested in the quick effectiveness, the longevity of effects, or the versatility, there are a number of criteria to keep in mind when selecting the best CBD oil for you. Today, we’re going to look at five products from our favorite CBD brands and also give you some insight into what to look for when shopping for a top-quality CBD oil product.
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When considering the best CBD oils for 2022, we looked at our favorite brands, known for pure raw ingredients and high-quality CBD products. There are a number of crucial factors in making a CBD product as pure, safe, and effective as possible, and we’ll get to those below when we give you some tips on how to shop for quality CBD.
The CBD products we selected from these trusted brands stand out because of their effectiveness, and we looked for a variety across our selections — from oils formulated for rest, relaxation, and pain management to potent full spectrum, broad spectrum, and THC boosted offerings.
Okay, enough preamble. Here are our choices for the best oil products of 2022!
Let’s take a deeper look at what makes these CBD brands and products special. You’ll see some common denominators across all brands, including pesticide-free farming, clean extraction methods, and third-party lab reports backing up the brand’s claims. In addition, you’ll find imaginative applications of cannabinoid combinations and beneficial extra ingredients. We think this list will provide you with the variety you seek and the quality you deserve.
CBDfx has been creating effective, high-quality CBD products for nearly a decade. They’re known for their organic, non-GMO, pesticide-free hemp, their clean CO2 extraction method, and their strict adherence to purity and quality. No matter which CBD oil you choose from CBDfx, you can rest assured that it will be a quality product you’ll choose again and again.
This broad spectrum CBD wellness tincture combines the health and wellness benefits of the cannabinoids (we’ll explore that mouthful of a term later) CBD and CBG with known wellness-boosting ingredients, like the antioxidants curcumin and coenzyme Q10. CBG is a valuable compound found in the cannabis plant and, when combined with CBD and other cannabinoids, has been reported to have focusing and even energizing effects. That means that this is an incredibly versatile CBD oil product appropriate for practically any occasion, giving you tools to wrangle anxiety, stress, and mood. You can take it when you want to enjoy the soothing effects of CBD, but don’t want to run the risk of dozing off at your desk. And it makes a great addition to any morning health regimen.
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This exciting new product from CBDfx is exactly the CBD oil you want when you’re ready to doze off and get a solid night’s rest. CBDfx’s new delta-9 THC tinctures are full spectrum CBD products that make the most of legally allowable 0.3% trace amounts of THC, while staying safely within the guidelines of the law. Note that this doesn’t mean they’re designing THC products for their intoxicating effects. They’re simply ensuring that these full spectrum tinctures have the right amount of THC to create the most robust Entourage Effect possible in a CBD product.
By combining full spectrum CBD with 10mg of calming CBN and 2.25 mg of THC per serving, along with a special blend of sleep terpenes, the experts at CBDfx have created the most calming, restful CBD oil we can think of. It’s potent enough that you should start small and stick to serving recommendations, because too much could cause psychotropic effects. And don’t plan on getting behind the wheel after you try it. But do plan on one of the most restful nights you’ve had in a long, long time.
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Lazarus Naturals’ classic CBD oil tinctures are additive-free, and the CBD itself comes from hemp grown on their own farms. This purist’s oil comes in high-potency servings with 50mg of full spectrum CBD per milliliter. We love the French Vanilla Mocha flavor of this powerful oil, in particular. It’s a perfect “chill” addition to a cup of coffee or hot cocoa!
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We recommended CBDfx’s CBD + Delta-9 THC Sweet Dreams Tincture earlier as pretty much the be-all, end-all in delta-9 sleep products. But CBDfx has a fantastic broad spectrum CBD sleep oil, as well. CBDfx CBD Sleep Tincture is as potent a broad spectrum option as you’re likely to find, given its (count ’em) 1-2-3-4 punch of restful ingredients. Their sleep oil begins with a hefty dose of calming CBD up to 33mg CBD per serving, depending on which strength option you choose. To this, they’ve added CBN (the “ultimate relaxation cannabinoid”), sleep terpenes, and the classic natural sleep aid, melatonin. Together, these potent ingredients allow you to get to sleep more easily, sleep more soundly through the night, and wake up in the morning without the “hangover” feeling of traditional sleeping pills.
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Like CBDfx, the folks at Nuleaf Naturals are part of the original pioneering generation of CBD brands (since 2014). Their full spectrum CBD tincture is derived from hemp organically grown in Colorado. Simple and powerful, the only two ingredients of this oil tincture are hemp oil and hemp seed oil. Experience all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids of the cannabis plant in this pure and powerful (60mg CBD per milliliter!) oil product.
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While the focus of this article is on CBD oil tinctures for people, there is a booming market for CBD for pets — which is no surprise given its effectiveness for muscle and joint pain, relaxation, and general wellness and good health. So, it’s worth mentioning our recommendation for the best CBD pet tincture oils. For us, there really is no question about it. We love the CBD Pet Tinctures from CBDfx. They use the same pure, organic, human-grade oil as in their CBD tincture oil for humans, and add natural vegan flavoring, which pets love. These pet oils come in formulas for dogs and cats, with four strengths for dogs, depending on the size of your pooch. Both the dog and cat tinctures come in your choice of tail-wagging bacon and chicken flavors.
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The way you ingest CBD dictates a lot about how you will experience the effects. Different methods operate differently with our bodies, with varying times to take effect and a wide range in how long their effects last.
For instance, inhaling CBD (typically by vaping) is the fastest way to feel the effects of CBD, because it enters directly into your bloodstream by way of your lungs, without having to go through your digestive system or liver first. However, the effects of inhaled CBD don’t last quite as long as those of other methods.
A CBD oil tincture is absorbed by the sublingual membrane, and delivers CBD effects more slowly than inhalation, but more quickly than an edible. Its length of effective time also falls in the middle of those two. Depending on your body mass, metabolism and other bioavailability factors, CBD tincture products will require around 15 minutes to take effect, and the experience will last 4–6 hours.
CBD edibles take longer to kick in because they have to be digested and metabolized before the CBD enters the bloodstream. These products make up for the wait with the length of time that their effects last.
CBD oil tinctures occupy the golden middle space here, taking effect quickly and also lasting a long time.
In addition, quality CBD oils require less processing than CBD vape products or edible products. The CBD must be safely extracted from the plant and combined with a high-quality carrier oil (like coconut-derived MCT oil) and any other ingredients, and that’s largely it.
How did we select these particular products? We began with considering how our brands source their hemp and how they extract their CBD and create their products. Then, we looked at unique applications, flavors, and concentrations.
Whenever you’re considering a CBD oil product, whether it’s one of the ones we recommend or other products you may come across, there is some information you should know to make the best, safest choice.
Cannabis, hemp, marijuana … what’s the difference between these terms? Let’s begin with the cannabis plant, which exists in two distinct types, according to the law.
Cannabis marijuana contains large amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and is subject to strict legal regulations. This is the kind of cannabis people use to achieve a psychotropic “high.”
Cannabis hemp, or industrial hemp, actually contains only a very small amount of THC (less than 0.3%), and is not used for psychoactive purposes. This is the hemp that legal CBD products are made from, and the hemp that all the products in our recommended list are made from. This includes the CBDfx Delta-9 THC drops that are made from full spectrum cannabis hemp and fall well within legal trace amounts of THC.
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC are both naturally occurring molecular compounds known as cannabinoids. But cannabis is actually packed with hundreds of other cannabinoids, like CBG, CBN, CBC, and many others. These “minor cannabinoids” have also been found to possess their own therapeutic properties, and they work in conjunction with CBD to enhance its effects.
CBD is extracted into three primary forms: full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. The products we’ve recommended are full and broad spectrum CBD oils.
Full spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids and other compounds that naturally appear in hemp (specifically, the buds, leaves and stems of the hemp plant). This includes CBD and also those trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) that we discussed earlier. This also includes those many other cannabinoids and compounds called terpenes and flavonoids.
The biggest attraction of full spectrum CBD is that it provides the purest, most natural experience, and it creates a potent Entourage Effect. This is a synergistic effect where all of the cannabinoids and other compounds present work together, both to modify one another’s effects and also to produce a more powerful overall effect.
Broad spectrum CBD filters out the trace amounts of THC. It still contains the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, and it does create the Entourage Effect, albeit to a slightly lesser amount. This is the ideal choice for those who want an effective CBD experience without worrying about THC.
CBD Isolate is primarily used in CBD vaping and bath products. It is 99% pure CBD with all other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds removed. CBD isolate won’t induce the Entourage Effect.
Purity begins with the plant. Cannabis is a fantastically powerful and efficient phytoremediator, meaning that it’s really good at removing toxins from the soil it grows in. The problem is, all those toxins end up in the plant itself, including heavy metals, toxins, and pesticides. That’s why you want to shop for cannabidiol oil made from organically grown, pesticide- and GMO-free hemp. Otherwise, those harmful chemicals will go straight from the plant into your oil and, finally, into you!
Nobody’s lining up to chew on a raw hemp plant. Once you have a pure plant, you must extract the CBD from it as cleanly as possible. Cheap products, like the kind you find in convenience stores and truck stops, often use dangerous methods that include submerging the plant in chemicals like butane and acetone. This can lead to products with toxic additives and chemicals. CO2 extraction is considered to be the best and cleanest method of CBD extraction.
The best way to know exactly what is in your cannabidiol (CBD) oil is through a report provided by an independent, third-party lab. This will tell you the exact percentages of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in your product, as well as any other chemicals that may be present — including the potentially harmful ones.
Cannabinoids, like CBD (cannabidiol), are abundant in hemp, but they’re not the only valuable compounds to be found.
Terpenes give plants their scent. They’re easily found in pungent plants like cannabis, tea, herbs, and citrus fruits. In addition to giving plants their smell, they carry a host of beneficial properties, from soothing inflammation to regulating mood.
Flavonoids give plants their color. They’re also phytonutrients that can help our bodies fight off illness, calm inflammation, and boost our overall health and wellness.
CBD oil products are often tailored for specific applications, like the focus and sleep tinctures we saw in our list. While we know that CBD possesses all the traits necessary to address the issues we use it for, it’s always good to look for other proven ingredients that can help a specific product target a specific need. For instance, products to enhance sleep and rest often include melatonin, chamomile, and lavender. Topicals for joint and muscle pain might include natural analgesics, like white willow bark, or anti-inflammatories like menthol.
Now that you have our top recommendations and some practical guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for a quality CBD product, we hope you can shop with confidence. When you have a safe and effective product, you can make CBD a valuable ingredient in your self-care and daily routines, reaping the soothing, therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol.
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ATLANTA (AP) — Americans must commit to the unfinished work of Martin Luther King Jr., delivering jobs and justice and protecting “the sacred right to vote, a right from which all other rights flow,” President Joe Biden said Monday.
Martin Luther King Day is a moment when a mirror is behing held up to America, the president said in a video address.
“It’s time for every elected official in America to make it clear where they stand,” Biden said. “It’s time for every American to stand up. Speak out, be heard. Where do you stand?”
Major events for the holiday also included the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service at the slain civil rights leader’s Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, whose senior pastor, U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, was hosting Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and other politicians. President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and members of King’s family were offering remarks in Washington.
Monday would have been the 93rd birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was just 39 when he was assassinated in 1968 while helping sanitation workers strike for better pay and workplace safety in Memphis, Tennessee.
King, who delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech while leading the 1963 March on Washington and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, considered racial equality inseparable from alleviating poverty and stopping war. His insistence on nonviolent protest continues to influence activists pushing for civil rights and social change.
The U.S. economy “has never worked fairly for Black Americans — or, really, for any American of color,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a speech delivered Monday, one of many by national leaders acknowledging unmet needs for racial equality on Martin Luther King Day.
Yellen referred to King’s famous speech in remarks she recorded for delivery at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network breakfast in Washington, noting the financial metaphor he used when describing the founding fathers’ promises of equality.
King said on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that “America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.” He called it ”a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds. But we refuse to believe the bank of justice is bankrupt!”
“It is compelling rhetoric, but I also think Dr. King knew it was a more than a metaphor. He knew that economic injustice was bound up in the larger injustice he fought against. From Reconstruction, to Jim Crow, to the present day, our economy has never worked fairly for Black Americans – or, really, for any American of color,” Yellen said.
She said the administration of President Joe Biden has sought to ensure that no economic institution fails to work for people of color. Equity was built into the American Rescue Plan so that communities of color would get pandemic relief, and Treasury is injecting $9 billion into Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions traditionally poorly served by the financial sector.
“There is still much more work Treasury needs to do to narrow the racial wealth divide,” she said.
The King Center said the 10 a.m. service, featuring a keynote by the Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, would be broadcast live on Atlanta’s Fox TV affiliate and on Facebook, YouTube and thekingcenter.org. Atlanta’s planned events also included a march, a rally and a voter registration drive by the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda and Youth Service America.
“On this King Holiday, I call us up to shift our priorities to reflect a commitment to true peace and an awareness of our interconnectedness, interdependence, and interrelatedness,” King Center CEO Bernice King said in a statement. “This will lead us to a greater understanding of our responsibilities to and for each other, which is crucial for learning to live together, achieving ‘true peace,’ and creating the Beloved Community.”
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