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America the racist. America the pitiful.

Oh, say, can you see

Our country, pitied.

The New Yorker reports that all over the world, America is viewed as a racist and pitiful nation. (And it’s not rad to understand why.)

America’s standing worldwide has sunk before, although usually over foreign-policy decisions, such as the invasion of Iraq, in 2003. The mood globally feels different now, Richard Burkholder, who was the director of Gallup’s international polling for decades, told me. Criticism is now focussed on American practices at home. “The United States was once a beacon,” he said. “I don’t see people looking up to us as they did before.” Fintan O’Toole, a columnist for the Irish Times, was blunter. “Over more than two centuries, the United States has stirred a very wide range of feelings in the rest of the world: love and hatred, fear and hope, envy and contempt, awe and anger,” he wrote, in April. “But there is one emotion that has never been directed towards the US until now: pity.”

Roughly three-dozen college ATHLETES in Iowa positive for coronavirus In recent weeks

The Cedar Rapids Gazette breaks down the numbers.

The University of Northern Iowa announced Friday that seven of its student-athletes and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19. …

On June 13, Iowa State University reported 10 student-athletes, including two football players, tested positive for COVID-19. 

The University of Iowa Athletics Department began testing student athletes May 29. Seventeen athletes have tested positive in that time, including five the week of June 22, when positive cases started spiking in Johnson County.

Roughly 70% of Georgia Tech professors reject institution’s fall plan

GPB News reports that a sizable majority of the faculty at Georgia Tech are angry at the institution’s fall reopening plan.

“We are alarmed to see the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia mandating procedures that do not follow science-based evidence, increase the health risks to faculty, students, and staff, and interfere with nimble decision-making necessary to prepare and respond to COVID-19 infection risk,” the professors wrote.

The letter, dated July 2, was shared with GPB News and can be read in full here.

The faculty’s opinion overlaps news that three of the school’s student-athletes have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

It’s likely that a recent op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is influencing the faculty. In that piece, two Georgia Tech faculty stated

We are told the whole point of returning to campus in the fall is to return to the classroom. But does a return to campus actually translate to a return to safe in-person instruction? 

We found that colleges might be overly optimistic about how many students can actually fit in classrooms with social distancing. This means they might be headed for overcrowding in classrooms or shifting large amounts of instruction time online to avoid this.