Published:  12:26 AM, 06 July 2020

Worldwide waffling

Worldwide waffling

The Latest on President Donald Trump's July Fourth celebration at Mount Rushmore (all times local):9:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he will establish a "National Garden of American Heroes," which he is describing as "a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans who ever lived." Trump made the announcement as he opened the Fourth of July weekend with a speech and fireworks at the iconic Mount Rushmore.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) is probing the death of an alleged getaway car driver who was shot dead at a Cape Town mall on Thursday, just hours after a cash-in-transit heist at the same shopping centre.In a statement, IPID spokesperson Ndileka Cola said they were investigating a death as a result of police action. "

It is alleged that the SAPS National Intervention Unit received information that the suspect was going to rob a cash-in-transit vehicle at Parow Centre, Parow. When the SAPS members arrived at the shopping centre, they saw the cash-in-transit vehicle and a suspicious white Toyota Corolla standing nearby the cash van," she said.

There are, apparently, 67 black-owned wine brands in South Africa and a similar number in the US. True, that's only a microscopic 3% and 0.01%, respectively, of the wine produced in those countries, but still, who knew? I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't.

Yet had I taken the trouble to look at what's going on, there's a whole raft of Instagram accounts and organizations representing young black wine professionals and wine lovers, including The Black Cellar Club and SA POC at the Table in South Africa and The Hue Society, Black Girls Wine and Black Wine Professionals, launched just this week and fronted by wine writer Julia Coney, in the US. (Interestingly, the accounts are largely female.)

President Donald Trump views his Friday trip to Mount Rushmore as celebrating America's "heritage" on the July Fourth holiday weekend."We're gonna have a tremendous evening," Trump said Thursday. "

It's going to be a fireworks display like few people have seen. It's going to be very exciting. It's going to be beautiful."They have watched as, across the country, protests over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers grew into a broader demand to reexamine and tear down relics of the nation's racial past.

For many Native Americans, the 79-year-old Mount Rushmore, with four white faces carved into the granite, is a symbol of similar oppression, especially offensive because it's located in South Dakota's Black Hills, which they regard with reverence.

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