The News June 19-24: No Human Being Is Illegal

Stories of the Week

Affirmative/rejected. In an ongoing American race case, Abigail Fisher, a woman who claims she was rejected from the University of Texas at Austin because of her race (Fisher is white), is once again out of luck. In a major victory for affirmative action proponents, the Supreme Court ruled that the university's decision to prioritize students of color in their acceptance process was valid. Other major SCOTUS decisions: a 4-4 split on immigration, dealing a blow to Barack Obama's efforts to use executive action as a means of hastening immigration reform. This decision will have devastating consequences

Sit-in. America has a gun control problem, and a polarized politics problem. That was on full-display this week when Democrats in the US House of Representatives decided to stage a sit-in to force votes that would restrict the purchase of weapons by certain people (read: people on terrorist watch lists.) There are a number of things to analyze about the sit-in, many of them complicated. First, the US DOES need gun control, and the sit-in was a start. It was also led by civil rights champion John Lewis, as well as other politicians of color. However, as many people have argued, it also serves to demonize people of color (the majority of those on terrorist watch lists), and is also, well, a tiny and flawed solution to a deep and convoluted problem. The sit-in also capitalized on the Orlando shooting last week as rationale for its occurrence, something that, whether purposefully or inadvertently, meant that the lives of LGBTQ+ people were used to justify it, without their consent. And it's not like those against the bill were against it for those reasons; Republicans, for their part, proved of little assistance, and one even shouted something about "radical Islam" being the culprit behind the Orlando shooting. 

A winner of the sit-in, though? Facebook Live and Periscope. Thanks, Paul Ryan!

Brexit. Ah, the conclusion of the Remain or Go wars for Britain. The brutal and tragic murder of MP Jo Cox, who was in favor of remaining and who championed refugees, put a dark spin on a heated vote that has filled headlines for months, and voters went to the polls with the shadow of a shooting in Germany hanging over the day.

The result? Brexit confirmed. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he will resign, and the global economy is not doing well. Stay tuned for more updates.

Brexit (D Smith - Flickr)

Brexit (D Smith - Flickr)


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"This case tells everyone, white and black, guilty and innocent, that an officer can verify your legal status at any time. It says that your body is subject to invasion while courts excuse the violation of your rights. It implies that you are not a citizen of a democracy but the subject of a carceral state, just waiting to be cataloged." - Sonia Sotomayor, Utah v. Streiff

Blue Out: Becky with the bad grades.