Issues of race, police brutality, and gun control have been at the forefront of America’s list of hotly debated topics. Earlier this month, Dallas police officers were killed by an individual seeking payback for recent police shootings, and just yesterday three officers were killed in Baton Rouge– a city in strife after white officers shot and killed a black man earlier in July. Black Lives Matter demonstrators argue that police are targeting black Americans. These issues are complex and multifaceted, but thanks to the Washington Post, we have data that covers police shootings from 2015 to present day.
The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics have been getting a lot of bad press recently, but these aren’t the first Olympics to be drama filled. Consider the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia when Cold War tensions led to the withdrawal of multiple countries and the defection of many Olympic athletes (especially from Hungary). Or how about the 1916 Olympics that were originally planned to happen in Berlin, but never did because of the outbreak of World War I?