BELatina’s Weekend Briefing: the Miami Condo Collapse, Derek Chauvin’s Sentence, and More

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BELatina’s Weekend Briefing is a weekly summary of the most important news you should know before starting the week.


As we try to wake up the body with caffeine, we wish you a happy Monday!

The last few days of June have been marked by both tragedy and historic moments in the fight for racial justice.

From the Miami condo collapse to the sentencing of Derek Chauvin, here’s the news you need to know to start your week.

What we know about the Miami condo collapse

The partial collapse of a 12-story residential condominium in Miami-Dade County on June 25 has shocked the community. The partial collapse occurred around 1:15 a.m. local time Thursday at the Champlain Towers South condominium in the small coastal town of Surfside, about 10 miles north of Miami Beach. Read more here.

Serena Williams will not participate in Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The American tennis star announced last Sunday that she will not compete in next month’s Tokyo Olympics. At a pre-Wimbledon press conference, Williams declined to go into the details of her decision.

Netflix’s ‘Vision of Us’ Makes Waves During Its Premiere Weekend

In honor of Pride Month, Con Todo, the Netflix channel that pushes Latinx voices and stories, launched the four-part digital documentary series Vision of Us. Directed by trans-Dominican American filmmaker Kase Peña, the documentary has made waves on networks for its innovative approach to the history of the LGBTQ+ Latine community in television and film.

Derek Chauvin is sentenced to 22.5 years for the murder of George Floyd

The ultimate gesture of justice for the death of George Floyd took place this weekend with the prison sentence for the former police officer, Derek Chauvin.

As the New York Times explained, the sentence was less than the 30 years that prosecutors had sought but far more than the sentence that the 45-year-old Chauvin’s lawyers had asked for: probation and the time he has already spent behind bars. The sentence means the earliest Chauvin could be eligible for parole, experts say, would be in 2035 or 2036, when he is nearing 60.

Biden criticized for the use of the term “Latinx”

President Joe Biden’s inclusive discourse has been the target of harsh criticism from the U.S. right after he asserted that “It’s awful hard, as well, to get Latinx vaccinated as well. Why? They’re worried that they’ll be vaccinated and deported.”

“Only 3 [percent] of Hispanics use the term ‘Latinx,’ and 76 [percent] have never heard of it,” tweeted former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen, citing the Pew data. “It’s a term woke White people have imposed on them against their will, which is racist.”

A few Twitter users even suggested that they would rather be called a racial slur than “Latinx,” with one supporter even saying, “I vote Biden but don’t call me Latinx. Don’t.”