Aug 26 2015

Newsflash: Virginia Shooting, Trump Clash with Ramos, India’s Upper Caste Protests

Uprising’s guest expert Courtney Morris, assistant professor of African American and Women’s Studies at Penn State University, analyzes today’s news headlines:

In yet another shocking indication of the dangers of gun proliferation in the US, a reporter and her camera man were inexplicably gunned down on live television early this morning near Roanoke, Virginia. Twenty four year old Alison Parker and 27-year old Adam Ward were in the middle of an interview outdoors at a water park being broadcast live when shots were heard followed by screams. There is currently a manhunt on for the killer. The motives are as yet unknown. WDBJ7, the local television station where the two victims worked is mourning the loss of their staff. Police have just released blurry photographs of a possible suspect. Click here for a WTKR article, and here for a USA Today article about the story.

Donald Trump is yet again in the news and it is with great reluctance that we include this item in the news. In a clash with acclaimed Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, Trump gave Latinos and Spanish-speakers in the US yet another reason to hate him. The incident took place at a news conference yesterday in Dubuque, Iowa, when Ramos attempted to ask a question. He was escorted out of the conference by Trump’s security guards as the blustering candidate yelled “Sit down, you weren’t called,” and “Go back to Univision.” Trump told USA Today this morning that he believed Ramos was “”totally, absolutely out of line.” Jorge Ramos is arguably the most respected Spanish-language news anchor in the US and has been referred to as the Walter Cronkite of Latino America. Earlier in the year Univision had cut ties with the Miss Universe Organization over its relationship with Trump. Click here for an NBC News article and here for a New York Times article about the story.

In international news, three people were killed in the Indian state of Gujarat over caste-related protests. Upper caste Gujaratis, known as the Patel community, have brought their state’s main city, Ahmedabad, to a stand-still over what they perceive as unfair treatment. India’s affirmative action programs aimed at tribal and Dalit people are aimed at undermining casteism. But now, Gujarat’s Patels say they have had enough. According to the BBC, “Internet services on mobile phones have been suspended. Schools and businesses are closed and public transport cancelled in Ahmedabad and other parts of the state.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hails from Gujarat, appealed for calm saying, violence had “never done good for anyone.” Ironically it was under Mr. Modi’s watch that Gujarat saw its worst violence more than a decade ago when a pogrom by fundamentalist Hindus against the state’s Muslim community left thousands dead. Click here for a BBC News article, and here for a Reuters article about the story.

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One Response to “Newsflash: Virginia Shooting, Trump Clash with Ramos, India’s Upper Caste Protests”

  1. pgmon 26 Aug 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I know its tough for modern young progressives to witness real men with balls say what needs to be said to our obnoxious press members, but the Don handled that Univision twit quite well, I think.