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    5.29.2020

     

    “Will the virus still be in my school in the fall?” — Emilia, my kindergarten graduate

     

    FIVE.

    1. Yesterday, for the first time, the public heard the 911 call made on March 13
    by Kenneth Walker, the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old woman shot and killed by LMPD officers during an after-midnight raid of her apartment that has since ignited a national controversy.
                Walker on the call: “I don’t know what’s happening. Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend. Bre, oh my God.”
                911 dispatcher: “Where was she shot at?”
                Walker: “I don’t know. She’s on the ground right now.”
                Dispatcher: “Is she alert and able to talk to you?”
                Walker: “No, she’s not.” (Sobbing.) “Bre….”
                I fell asleep with my phone in my hand last night while livestreaming the local TV cameras at the protest — call: Say her name!; response: Breonna! At one point, WDRB anchor David Scott described what was unfolding at Sixth and Jefferson streets downtown as a “tinderbox” — police officers in riot gear firing canisters of tear gas into the crowd, gallons of warm milk dousing burning eyes, protestors rocking and attempting to topple an empty LMPD prisoner-transport vehicle, a marble hand amputated from the statue of our city’s namesake. A quick succession of gunshots injured seven, leaving one in critical condition; LMPD has said officers didn’t fire their guns, and no officers were injured in the shooting.
                In a video last night, Taylor’s sister, Juniyah Palmer, asked protesters to “stop tonight before people get hurt.” Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, released a statement that said the “last thing” Taylor would “want to see right now is any more violence.
                “Breonna’s legacy will not be forgotten, and it’s because of all of us saying her name and demanding justice. … But let’s do it the right way, without hurting each other.”
                Louisville S.U.R.J. (Showing Up for Racial Justice) will do its weekly Freedom Friday Caravan beginning at 5 p.m., and it will include a vigil on the steps of Metro Hall.

     

    2. “Sic semper tyrannis” is a Latin phrase that roughly translates to “thus always to tyrants.” It’s often attributed to Brutus, one of Caesar’s assassins, and John Wilkes Booth claimed to have shouted it after shooting Abraham Lincoln in the head on that theater balcony. Last weekend, it’s also what was written on the effigy of Gov. Beshear hanging from a tree at the Governor’s Mansion, where he lives with his family in Frankfort. At his Tuesday press conference, Beshear said, “Think about it — a celebration of assassination on our capital grounds.” The man who hoisted the effigy lost his job. Not sure of the Latin phrase for “fired from Neil Huffman Auto Group.”

     

    3. Two Baffert-trained Thoroughbreds, including Derby hopeful Charlatan, have failed drug tests. Does Baffert think he’s some sort of untouchable American Pharoah who can Justify this?

     

    4. Wednesday was the last day of school — although my six-year-old thinks that was actually on March 13 — and my last day for collecting interviews with high school seniors in the class of 2020. (Read Louisville Magazine senior writer Anne Marshall’s story about the bond between teachers and students that persisted even during quarantine.)
                We’ll publish some of what the seniors shared in our next issue, which we’ll send to the printer in late June. Here’s how several of them answered this one:

    What is one of your favorite memories from senior year?
               
    “Listening to ‘Tongue Tied’ by Grouplove while driving down the road in the summer heat at 4 a.m. with friends.” — Connor Bickel, Floyd Central (southern Indiana)
     
    “Scoring the game-winning touchdown in double overtime against Trinity.” — Izayah Jason Cummings, Male
     
    “Our first and only baseball scrimmage, against DeSales. I ended the game with a three-run walk-off home run.” — Stephen Ruddy, Martha Layne Collins (Shelby County)
     
    “It’s definitely the Friday afternoon in mid-January when I got my first college-acceptance letter. I was coming home from school to get ready for work when I saw a thick envelope with college letterhead on my kitchen counter. Without touching the packet, I immediately began sobbing and called my mom to tell her that I had gotten into one of my dream schools.” — Maddie Stokes, Sacred Heart Academy
     
    “My rap group.” — Le'Airion Rice, Doss
     
    “Teaching teachers TikTok.” — Saeedatu Nasara Shamsudeen, Central
     
    “Just hanging in the parking lot after school because no one wanted to leave.” — Isaiah Hardee, Ballard
     
    “When I took my final bow as the lead in the school musical.” — Alex Rapp, Mercy Academy

     

    5. Now, time for some Burgoo, aka an emptying of Louisville Magazine’s monthly inbox.

    Germantown-Schnitzelburg held a parade for the 100th birthday of neighborhood “celebrity” George Hauck, the longtime owner of Hauck’s Handy Store, which closed last year. // Baxter Avenue Theatres will reopen Monday. (Hey, maybe we’ll never have to share an armrest at the movies again.) // Kentucky Kingdom will open June 29. // Louisville Visual Art has a new executive director, Kristian Anderson.  // And the orchestra has a new board chair.  // “During these unprecedented times…” // “It’s been an unprecedented few months.” // Unprecedented, unprecedented, unprecedented. // Gift shops have reopened at the Frazier (pictured), Derby Museum and Slugger Museum.  // WLKY did a virtual food drive. // The Speed is doing some cool stuff with its collection online. // Moss Hill is now in the hand-sanitizer business.  // Hermitage Farm has opened its Barn8 Restaurant and Bourbon Bar. // Headliners has a GoFundMe campaign for its out-of-work employees. // The Louisville Urban League and Norton Healthcare teamed up to offer COVID-19 testing to west Louisville residents. // A new community garden has “taken root” at Eastern Star Baptist Church in the California neighborhood. // Mmmmmm, Weller.  // HMI Cardinal, a local company that makes custom glass shower doors, is also producing barriers for businesses. // Louisville Memorial Auditorium virtually celebrated its 91st anniversary.   // “Unprecedented.”

     


    Support for Louisville Magazine comes from Kindred Healthcare, which needs its caregivers now more than ever and in a minute-long video shares this message: “Those dedicated to others remind us why we call them heroes.” In the video, a kid’s colorful marker drawing includes these words for healthcare workers: “Thank you for healing the sick.”


     

    OH!

    A June 1979 Louisville Magazine story profiled educator and civil rights activist Lyman T. Johnson, who was 72 at the time (he died in 1997 at age 91) and had spent “some 40 years of struggle to open Kentucky’s facilities and opportunities to black people.”  When asked for his “forecasts for inter-racial relations in the next quarter-century,” Johnson said, “I predict that the gains in inter-racial relations will continue to improve. Gains already obtained will be jealously guarded; they will not be surrendered without serious, perhaps violent, protest. Improvement will go forward — I would hope peacefully. But I do not rule out the possibility of some violence if constitutional rights and simple justice are blatantly hindered or denied to minorities.”

     

    TOO...

    So, yeah: Not a great week. But how ’bout a little good news? Mayan Cafe opened yesterday for carryout. Let’s hope those lima beans hold up in a to-go container.

    Josh Moss
    editor, Louisville Magazine
    jmoss@loumag.com


    Support for Louisville Magazine also comes from the Eye Care Institute, which is offering LASIK specials and, in a world of social distancing, will diagnose and treat several eye conditions over the phone.

     

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