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Newsflash: ISIS Attacks, SCOTUS Preserves Fair Housing, Charleston Funerals

Uprising’s guest expert Chenjerai Kumanyika, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies at Clemson University, analyzes to day’s news headlines:

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly carried out a horrific massacre in the Syrian border town of Kobane. The Kurdish town saw 145 of its residents killed in what is likely the second worst massacre ever carried out by ISIS. There were many children, women, and elderly among the killings, which were the result of three suicide bomb attacks. Meanwhile, three other incidents around the world are being attributed to ISIS. In Tunisia an armed attack on a beach resulted in 27 deaths. In France, a US-run chemical plant was attacked with one person being beheaded and an unsuccessful attempt to blow up the entire plant. And in Kuwait, a mosque was attacked with 8 people injured. ISIS had called for coordinated attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Click here for a New York Times article, and here for a Reuters article about the story.

Hours after the Supreme Court voted to preserve subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, it made another ruling – on the Fair Housing Act. Having garnered very little coverage, the legal challenge to the Fair Housing Act was based on the premise that people of color no longer needed protection against housing discrimination. Given this Court’s propensity to gut civil rights-era laws, the danger of reversing Fair Housing was high. But with a vote of 5 to 4, Justices preserved it. The Washington Post explained, “Had a single justice — likely Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the opinion — felt differently, another key piece of civil rights law in the U.S. would have been substantially weakened.” Click here for an Al Jazeera article, and here for a Washington Post article about the story.

Thousands of people are attending funeral services for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine people massacred at last week’s terror attack at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Rev. Pinckney, a State Senator, was beloved in his community. President Obama will be delivering his eulogy and a number of high-level federal and state officials are expected. Meanwhile, police have found that the suspected terrorist Dylann Roof, who confessed to his killing spree, was actually hoping to get his hands on a much more dangerous weapon: an AR 15 assault rifle. Had he obtained a rifle, the scope of his actions would likely have been far greater. And, as if to prove how irrelevant Fox News is, on this day of Rev. Pinckney’s funeral, the right-wing news outlet ran a story headlined, “Why didn’t anyone help Dylann Roof?” The piece, authored by a Dr. Keith Ablow used tortured logic to ask why no one intervened since Roof was obviously mentally ill. Click here for an Associated Press, here for a CNN article about the Charleston Nine, and here for a Fox News article about Dylann Roof.