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Submerging half-cut avocados in cold water will keep fruit fresh and stop skin turning brown, a video on TikTok has claimed.

The clip was shared by American vlogger ‘kmag1’ who captioned it the ‘best life hack ever’ and called it her ‘greatest contribution’ to the video sharing platform.

Avocados quickly turn brown after they’re sliced open due to an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase which sits under the skin.

Once cut, the enzyme reacts with oxygen in the air, turning the surface dark brown. 

Cold water prevents oxygen penetrating the skin and reacting with the enzyme, which preserves the pale green colour. 

American TikTok user 'kmag1' shows viewers how to keep cut avocados fresh and green by submerging them in cold water

American TikTok user 'kmag1' shows viewers how to keep cut avocados fresh and green by submerging them in cold water

American TikTok user ‘kmag1’ shows viewers how to keep cut avocados fresh and green by submerging them in cold water

Just over 24 hours later, ‘kmag1’ filmed an update to show viewers how the avocado had fared submerged in the fridge overnight. 

‘Here it is, perfectly green. It is a little water logged, but I just pat it dry and it gets all that off,’ she said.

Chefs have been using the trick for years, storing half cut avocados in water baths until needed.

But it seems many outside the hospitality industry were unaware until the video was shared on July 4, with thousands of the almost 900,000 viewers thanking the poster for showing them how to get better value from the popular ‘millennial’ fruit.

Cold water prevents browning by forming a barrier between the enzyme polyphenol oxidase and oxygen in the air

Cold water prevents browning by forming a barrier between the enzyme polyphenol oxidase and oxygen in the air

Viewers thanks 'kmag1' (pictured) for 'changing their lives' with the trick

Viewers thanks 'kmag1' (pictured) for 'changing their lives' with the trick

Cold water prevents browning by forming a barrier between the enzyme polyphenol oxidase and oxygen in the air

How to store fruit to keep it fresh

– Strawberries, grapes and citrus fruits, which rarely get sweeter after they’re picked, should be stored in the fridge.

– Keeping berries and vegetables like asparagus in plastic containers that have vents across the top will prolong fridge life.

– Fruits that go soft and sweet as they ripen – like pears, apples and kiwis, are best kept in a bowl out of the fridge. Storing in the fridge can interrupt ripening and taint the taste.

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‘You just changed my life,’ one woman said. 

Another said she has been doing the same with guacamole, which is made from mashed avocado and lemon juice, for years. 

‘Just pour in some water and create a seal, then pour it out when you’re ready to eat,’ she said.

Others shared alternative solutions, including leaving the pit in the fruit then soaking it in lemon juice, and storing cut avocados in an airtight container with sliced onion.

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Donatella Versace, 65, shows off her slender figure in an array of stylish bikinis in Sardinia

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Donatella Versace looked sensational as she hit the beach with three male friends in Sardinia, Italy, earlier this month.

The designer, 65, showed off her slender physique as she enjoyed a spot of canoeing with her companions before the group took a dip in the crystal blue ocean.

Ever the fashionista, Donatella slipped into three different bikinis that teamed a top with a plunging neckline and high-cut briefs to show off her figure.

Wow! Donatella Versace, 65, showed off her slender figure in an array of stylish bikinis as she went canoeing during her sun-soaked trip to Sardinia with friends earlier this month

Wow! Donatella Versace, 65, showed off her slender figure in an array of stylish bikinis as she went canoeing during her sun-soaked trip to Sardinia with friends earlier this month

Chic: One of Donatella's ensembles featured a colourful floral print, and the revealing blue bikini top ensured she showed off a glimpse of her cleavage

Chic: One of Donatella's ensembles featured a colourful floral print, and the revealing blue bikini top ensured she showed off a glimpse of her cleavage

Wow! Donatella Versace, 65, showed off her slender figure in an array of stylish bikinis as she went canoeing during her sun-soaked trip to Sardinia with friends earlier this month

One of Donatella’s ensembles featured a colourful floral print, and the revealing blue bikini top ensured she showed off a glimpse of her cleavage.

She added a glittering touch to her look by wearing a gold chain necklace and hoop earrings, while she also accessorised with a statement bracelet. 

Donatella pulled her blonde locks back into a tight ponytail, and she chose to wear smokey eye shadow and nude lipstick for the outing by the sea. 

Sporty: Donatella showed off her slender physique as she enjoyed a spot of canoeing with a male companion before taking a dip in the crystal blue ocean

Sporty: Donatella showed off her slender physique as she enjoyed a spot of canoeing with a male companion before taking a dip in the crystal blue ocean

Going for it: Donatella gave it her all while canoeing

Going for it: Donatella gave it her all while canoeing

Sporty: Donatella showed off her slender physique as she enjoyed a spot of canoeing with a male companion before taking a dip in the crystal blue ocean

Sun-kissed: Donatella's bikini accentuated her bronzed physique during the outing

Sun-kissed: Donatella's bikini accentuated her bronzed physique during the outing

Sun-kissed: Donatella’s bikini accentuated her bronzed physique during the outing

Stylish: Donatella pulled her blonde locks back into a tight ponytail, and she chose to wear smokey eye shadow and nude lipstick for the outing by the sea

Stylish: Donatella pulled her blonde locks back into a tight ponytail, and she chose to wear smokey eye shadow and nude lipstick for the outing by the sea

Athletic: Donatella showed off her physical prowess

Athletic: Donatella showed off her physical prowess

Stylish: Donatella pulled her blonde locks back into a tight ponytail, and she chose to wear smokey eye shadow and nude lipstick for the outing by the sea 

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Donatella then changed into a pink two-piece that featured an intricate gold petal print across the front for a glamorous flair.

Her halterneck string bikini also featured a plunging neckline, and she was sure to turn heads as she had fun at the beach. 

The businesswoman was seen with another male companion after changing her outfit, and her friend helped her apply sun tan lotion on her back. 

Changing up her look, Donatella shielded her eyes with a pair of chic shades, and she looked relaxed as she went canoeing with another friend.

Sweet: Donatella could be seen holding hands with her friend as they made their way back to the Hotel Pitrizza

Sweet: Donatella could be seen holding hands with her friend as they made their way back to the Hotel Pitrizza

Peachy! Donatella's ensemble was cut high to show off her posterior

Peachy! Donatella's ensemble was cut high to show off her posterior

Sweet: Donatella could be seen holding hands with her friend as they made their way back to the Hotel Pitrizza

Beaming: Donatella was in great spirits as she canoed with her pals

Beaming: Donatella was in great spirits as she canoed with her pals

Beaming: Donatella was in great spirits as she canoed with her pals

Sensational figure: Donatella's halterneck string bikini also featured a plunging neckline, and she was sure to turn heads as she had fun at the beach

Sensational figure: Donatella's halterneck string bikini also featured a plunging neckline, and she was sure to turn heads as she had fun at the beach

Round two: Donatella appeared to be having a great time on the water

Round two: Donatella appeared to be having a great time on the water

Sensational figure: Donatella’s halterneck string bikini also featured a plunging neckline, and she was sure to turn heads as she had fun at the beach

But that wasn’t the only outfit change Donatella made, as she also slipped into a striking bright green bikini that accentuated her slender figure as she went swimming in the ocean.

The Italian fashion icon’s swimwear accentuated her bronzed physique during the outing, and she was seen cooling off in the crystal blue waters with her friends.

She appeared to be in great spirits during the swim as she blissfully did a few laps in the ocean before stepping out to dry off, and she was given a helping hand by one of her friends as she returned to shore.

The mother-of-two took on the lead role at Versace following her brother Gianni’s assassination in 1997, and she has previously spoken out about the pressure of taking over her brother’s successful business.

Although her first collection following his death was a success, the brand started to deteriorate before almost going under in 2004, and Donatella admitted at the time that she experienced ‘tear-filled’ nights for many years as she was plagued by nightmares.

Relaxing: Donatella enjoyed a brief respite while out on the water, and took the opportunity to top up her tan

Relaxing: Donatella enjoyed a brief respite while out on the water, and took the opportunity to top up her tan

Relaxing: Donatella enjoyed a brief respite while out on the water, and took the opportunity to top up her tan

Glamorous: That wasn't the only outfit change Donatella made, as she also slipped into a striking bright green bikini that accentuated her slender figure as she went swimming in the ocean

Glamorous: That wasn't the only outfit change Donatella made, as she also slipped into a striking bright green bikini that accentuated her slender figure as she went swimming in the ocean

Supportive: Donatella was given a helping hand by one of her friends as she returned to shore

Supportive: Donatella was given a helping hand by one of her friends as she returned to shore

Glamorous: That wasn’t the only outfit change Donatella made, as she also slipped into a striking bright green bikini that accentuated her slender figure as she went swimming in the ocean

Just keep swimming! Donatella appeared to be in great spirits during the swim as she blissfully did a few laps in the ocean

Just keep swimming! Donatella appeared to be in great spirits during the swim as she blissfully did a few laps in the ocean

Just keep swimming! Donatella appeared to be in great spirits during the swim as she blissfully did a few laps in the ocean

Accessorise: Donatella shielded her eyes with a pair of chic shades

Accessorise: Donatella shielded her eyes with a pair of chic shades

Delighted: She beamed as she went canoeing with another friend

Delighted: She beamed as she went canoeing with another friend

Accessorise: Donatella shielded her eyes with a pair of chic shades, and she looked delighted as she went canoeing with another friend

On 15 July 1997 Gianni Versace, aged 50, was gunned down on the doorstep of his lavish ocean-front Miami mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

The 27-year-old man had murdered at least four others in a three-month killing spree before turning up at the fashion designer’s home.

Cunanan was found dead in a Miami houseboat eight days later, apparently shooting himself with the same gun that killed Versace.

Twenty years on, it is not known whether the murder was planned or carried out at random, and Donatella spoke about the years following his passing as ‘hell’. 

Revealing that she felt forced to put on a front for the fashion world as well as her staff as she took over the business, she described herself as wearing a ‘mask’ to hide her insecurity and fear of failure.   

Making her name: Donatella took over Versace following her brother Gianni's assassination in 1997, and although her first collection was a success, the brand started to deteriorate before almost going under in 2004 (pictured in 1996 with Gianni)

Making her name: Donatella took over Versace following her brother Gianni's assassination in 1997, and although her first collection was a success, the brand started to deteriorate before almost going under in 2004 (pictured in 1996 with Gianni)

Making her name: Donatella took over Versace following her brother Gianni’s assassination in 1997, and although her first collection was a success, the brand started to deteriorate before almost going under in 2004 (pictured in 1996 with Gianni)

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Ellen DeGeneres launched the new season of her daytime talk show on Monday with a monologue where she apologized for ‘ever hurting’ anyone, took responsibility for claims she runs a toxic workplace and admitted to being impatient but insisted she was the person she appears to be on TV and not a behind-the-scenes villain. 

The star’s show has been weighed down by allegations that she treated staffers with little or no respect and that senior producers allowed and encouraged a toxic work environment since earlier this summer. 

Three producers were fired and there were questions of whether or not it would return to the air. 

On Monday, the first, pre-taped episode of season 18 will air in the afternoon. Ahead of it, the show put out a clip of Ellen kicking off the show with a five minute monologue addressing the controversy. 

She was neither unrepentant nor deeply apologetic, saying that she had ‘learned’ of things at the show that needed to be changed but squeezing in some jokes about her impatience. 

Fans reacted to it with mixed reactions. Some said it was half-hearted and showed how privileged Ellen is that she was not fired. Others gave her credit for it and called it sincere. 

Ellen DeGeneres in the first episode of the new season of her show that will air on Monday

Ellen DeGeneres in the first episode of the new season of her show that will air on Monday

Ellen DeGeneres in the first episode of the new season of her show that will air on Monday 

There was no audience due to COVID-19. Instead, an audience on screens  laughed along and applauded her

There was no audience due to COVID-19. Instead, an audience on screens  laughed along and applauded her

There was no audience due to COVID-19. Instead, an audience on screens  laughed along and applauded her 

‘You may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation,’ she told the audience of screens on which her virtual audience appeared.  

‘I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. 

‘I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show,’ she said. 

Later, she went on: ‘There were also articles in the press and on social media that said I am not who I appear to be on TV because I became known as the be kind lady and here’s how that happened. 

 Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress. And I am especially working on the impatience thing. And it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough I will tell you that.

‘I started saying be kind to one another after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay. I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed that.

‘I think we need it more than ever right now. Being known as the be kind lady is a tricky position to be in. 

‘Let me give you some advice out there, if anybody is thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the ‘be kind lady’. Don’t do it. 

‘The truth is I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. 

‘I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress. 

‘And I am especially working on the impatience thing. And it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough I will tell you that. 

‘Listen, I don’t know. I’m a talk show host but maybe some of you know that I was an actress. 

‘I’ve played a straight woman in movies so I’m a pretty good actress but I don’t think that I’m that good that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you.’ 

DeGeneres then announced that she had promoted Stephen Laurel ‘tWitch’ Boss to become her executive co-producer.  

Ellen also said she’d come to learn she had ‘great power and privilege’ as a boss of more than 200 people. 

‘I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. 

‘This is the Ellen DeGeneres show, I am Ellen DeGeneres, my name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear… we have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about our show, our workplace and what we want for the future,’ she said, before vowing to make it the ‘best season’ the show had ever had. 

‘I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good. 

‘That’s my favorite thing to do. That and Jenga. I love that game. And now I am a boss of 270 people. 270 people who help make this show what it is. 270 people who I am so grateful for. 

‘All I want is for every single one of them to be happy and be proud to work here,’ she said. 

DeGeneres announced that she had promoted Stephen Laurel 'tWitch' Boss to become her executive co-producer.

DeGeneres announced that she had promoted Stephen Laurel 'tWitch' Boss to become her executive co-producer.

DeGeneres announced that she had promoted Stephen Laurel ‘tWitch’ Boss to become her executive co-producer.

Pictured left to right top producers on the show Andy Lassner, Jonathan Norman, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman at the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017. Glavin, Leman and Norman have all been ousted from the popular talk show

Pictured left to right top producers on the show Andy Lassner, Jonathan Norman, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman at the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017. Glavin, Leman and Norman have all been ousted from the popular talk show

Pictured left to right top producers on the show Andy Lassner, Jonathan Norman, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman at the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017. Glavin, Leman and Norman have all been ousted from the popular talk show

Among the allegations against DeGeneres ran a workplace which fostered racism, sexual misconduct and bullying. 

She apologized to staff privately in a conference call. 

A wave of stars came to her defense. Among them was Kevin Hart who faced his own controversy last year when homophobic tweets he’d posted in the past resurfaced and cost him his Oscars hosting job. 

The controversy was first sparked by a Buzzfeed expose into the show in June which  revealed claims made by one current and 10 former employees of Ellen’s talk show saying they experienced racism, fear and intimidation while working on the long-running series and accusing producers Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly and Ed Glavin of bullying.

The show then faced additional accusations about sexual misconduct in a second BuzzFeed News article on July 30, in which dozens of men and women accused Kevin Leman, Glavin and Norman of sexual harassment, misconduct or assault.

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Leman and Norman denied the claims. They and Glavin were promptly suspended while Warner Bros. launched an investigation.

They both were fired along with Leman. His attorney said at the time that he was being made a scapegoat. 

‘The fact that a deeply flawed BuzzFeed article has led to the termination of an innocent man — a popular figure and a creative force behind the Ellen show and a string of other projects produced with Ellen – is shocking. 

‘Kevin is devastated by being scapegoated and is not yet ready to comment,’ the attorney said. 

Ellen, specifically, was accused of taking joy in making staffers cry and behaving like such a diva that employees were told not to speak to her, look at her or even stay in a room if she entered it.

ELLEN’S FULL MONOLOGUE 

Oh boy welcome to season 18 of the Ellen DeGeneres show. If you’re watching because you love me, thank you, if you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome! 

How was everybody’s summer? Good? Mine was great. Super terrific. I am so happy to be back in the studio. There are a lot of things I want to talk about. I’ve been looking forward to addressing it all directly and unfortunately talking directly to people has been illegal for six months so I a virtual audience here instead, here you all are. You look beautiful and I am sure you smell great, that’s what I am imagining anyway. 

All right, let’s get to it. As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. 

I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. 

This is the Ellen DeGeneres show, I am Ellen DeGeneres, my name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear… we have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about our show, our workplace and what we want for the future. 

We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter. There were also articles in the press and on social media that said I am not who I appear to be on TV because I became known as the be kind lady and here’s how that happened. 

I started saying be kind to one another after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay. I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed that.

I think we need it more than ever right now. Being known as the be kind lady is a tricky position to be in. Let me give you some advice out there, if anybody is thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the ‘be kind lady’. Don’t do it. 

The truth is I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress. And I am especially working on the impatience thing. And it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough I will tell you that. 

Listen, I don’t know. I’m a talk show host but maybe some of you know that I was an actress. I’ve played a straight woman in movies so I’m a pretty good actress but I don’t think that I’m that good that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. 

This is me and my intention is to always be the best person I can be. If I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that. If that’s ever the case I have let myself down and I’ve hurt myself as well because I always try to grow as a person. I look at everything that comes into my life as an opportunity to learn. I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good. 

That’s my favorite thing to do. That and Jenga. I love that game. And now I am a boss of 270 people. 270 people who help make this show what it is. 270 people who I am so grateful for. All I want is for every single one of them to be happy and be proud to work here. 

This has been a horrible summer for people all around the world. People are losing their jobs. People are losing loved ones to a pandemic. People are losing their homes and lives in the raging fires that are going on. There’s blatant racial injustice all around us. I watch the news and I feel like, where do we even begin? 

So my hope is that we can still be a place of happiness and joy. I still want to be the one hour a day where people can go to escape and laugh. I want to continue to help the people that we help every day. And I am committed to making this the best season that we have ever had. 

So welcome to season 18 of the Ellen Show. I am so glad that you are here. I want to start the new season by saying hello to my friend Twitch . 

‘You are not my DJ any more. You are now my co-executive producer. You are such an important part of the show. Unfortunately I had to take the fake DJ equipment away.’

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A woman compared US President Donald Trump to genocidal dictator Adolf Hitler in a fiery Q&A exchange.

In a US election special of the ABC’s flagship talk show on Monday night, audience member Eleanore Wells asked the panel whether Trump had shown a ‘smarter autocrat how it’s done’.

‘Could we have another Hitler? …  It doesn’t seem far fetched to me,’ she said.

German dictator Adolf Hitler took control of Germany in the 1930s and started World War II by invading Poland.

History’s greatest villain is reviled for exterminating about six million Jews in concentration camps, along with five million others including gypsies, homosexuals, disabled people, political dissidents and Russian prisoners of war.

Host Hamish Macdonald immediately challenged Ms Wells.

‘That’s an extreme comparison to draw,’ he said.

‘Hitler has the responsibility for the deaths of six million Jews – Trump hasn’t done anything like that.’

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Pictured left: German dictator Adolph Hitler. Right: US President Donald Trump. An audience member compared Donald Trump to Hitler on QandA’s US election special on Monday

But Ms Wells interrupted energetically: ‘Is it? Is it?.

‘Is it extreme? Hitler didn’t start out this big. It was a small thing and it grew.  

‘We don’t know what point in the trajectory it is. But it doesn’t sound far fetched to me at all.’

Comparisons of people to Hitler or his Nazi party are so often made they long ago sparked ‘Godwin’s Law’ for angry online discussions.

Before he left the Washington Herald, columnist Larry Simoneaux wrote that the analogy is appalling – because places like Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, Sobibor and Treblinka were in a realm of their own.

QandA host Hamish Macdonald immediately challenged the comparison, saying 'Hitler killed six million Jews. Trump never did anything like that'

QandA host Hamish Macdonald immediately challenged the comparison, saying 'Hitler killed six million Jews. Trump never did anything like that'

QandA host Hamish Macdonald immediately challenged the comparison, saying ‘Hitler killed six million Jews. Trump never did anything like that’

Audience member Eleanore Wells said she hated what America had become

Audience member Eleanore Wells said she hated what America had become

Audience member Eleanore Wells said she hated what America had become

‘If you were a gypsy, you died. If you were mentally handicapped, you died. If you were a homosexual, you died. If you were a dissident, you died. If you were a Jew, you moved to the head of the line as part of a program aimed at the extermination of an entire race,’ he wrote.  

‘Mothers and children were killed. Fathers and sons were killed. The sick and the old were killed. Babies were based against walls. Children were thrown into fires. People were packed into “bath houses” and killed by the score, after which the bodies were put into ovens and burnt to ash.’

Ms Wells said she was ‘terrified’ of returning to the nation divided by a stressful election season, with ‘all the tension, all the strain’ where she said ‘the evils have become unleashed’.

‘I was thinking about becoming a dual citizen. But if Trump were to win, that would absolutely escalate my application to become a citizen of Australia,’ she said.

‘I’m not sure I’m at the point of rescinding legally my American citizenship but in my heart it certainly would be rescinded.’ 

Civil unrest has burnt the streets of US states from Oregon to Texas since the killing of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis on May 25

Civil unrest has burnt the streets of US states from Oregon to Texas since the killing of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis on May 25

Civil unrest has burnt the streets of US states from Oregon to Texas since the killing of George Floyd by four police officers in Minneapolis on May 25

Barbara Heineback who served in two Democrat-run White House administrations, said she felt the Democrats were unfairly downplaying the violence of the BLM rioting but said she loves her country, and is excited to vote

Barbara Heineback who served in two Democrat-run White House administrations, said she felt the Democrats were unfairly downplaying the violence of the BLM rioting but said she loves her country, and is excited to vote

Barbara Heineback who served in two Democrat-run White House administrations, said she felt the Democrats were unfairly downplaying the violence of the BLM rioting but said she loves her country, and is excited to vote

Black Lives Matter riots against police violence have rocked the US in the wake of the death of African American man George Floyd. Four police officers were charged over his death. 

Businesses have been destroyed, and bystanders killed during the unrest. 

Ms Wells said she hated ‘what America had become’ and said she was frightened of being shot by police if she returned. 

‘I’m terrified of going home,’ she said.

‘I’m terrified of being shot by police.’  

African American panellist Barbara Heineback, who served in two White House administrations as a Democrat advisor including to Bill Clinton, said the BLM rioting had been downplayed by Democrats unfairly and black-on-black crime was ignored.

Riot police push back against Black Lives matter protesters in Washington DC on August 29

Riot police push back against Black Lives matter protesters in Washington DC on August 29

Riot police push back against Black Lives matter protesters in Washington DC on August 29

From May 25 onwards she said, there was ‘not one mention of the demonstrations and all of the terror that it has caused … And depending on what station you watch, you didn’t see a lot of the violence on CNN and other stations’. 

Prestigious science journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published a research article last year calculating the risk of being killed by police in the US. 

Called ‘Risk of being killed by police use of force in the United States by age, race–ethnicity, and sex’, it analysed the data and found black women have a probability of being killed by police of between 2.4 and 5.4 per 100,000.

That is less than the odds of being struck by lightning, which is one per 15,300, or 6.5 per 100,000, according to the US National Weather Service.

It found that by far the greatest risk factor was not being black, but being male.

The report found a man’s chance of being killed by police in the US is one in 2000 for men but just one in 33,000 for women.

Black men are about 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than are white men, the report found. 

Members of black militia group NFAC protest in Louisville Kentucky on September 5. Perceived racial grievances over police killings have led to racial unrest

Members of black militia group NFAC protest in Louisville Kentucky on September 5. Perceived racial grievances over police killings have led to racial unrest

Members of black militia group NFAC protest in Louisville Kentucky on September 5. Perceived racial grievances over police killings have led to racial unrest

Heavily armed NFAC members march in Kentucky on September 5

Heavily armed NFAC members march in Kentucky on September 5

Heavily armed NFAC members march in Kentucky on September 5

Social unrest continues to unfold ahead of the November 3 elections. 

A heavily-armed black militia called the NFAC or ‘Not F**king Around Coalition’ have staged protests including one in July where a member accidentally wounded three comrades when a gun went off during a face-off with ‘far-right’ militia group the Three Percenters.

Despite the unrest, however, Ms Heineback, stressed the good in America to the Q&A audience.

She said she loved her country which was founded on the ‘Three C’s: Christianity, the Constitution and Capitalism’.

‘I too am an American, love America, always vote,’ she said.

‘There are few things that I get excited about as much as my vote.’ 

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