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“America’s Achilles’ heel continues to be ... racism.”

Malcolm Graham, the brother of Cynthia Graham-Hurd, one of the nine parishioners who were fatally shot by an avowed white supremacist in Charleston, S.C., in 2015, regarding the mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., this weekend in which a white man targeted people because of their skin color. Sunday’s supermarket shooting was the nation’s 198th mass shooting so far in 2022, just 19 weeks into the year, averaging to about 10 mass shootings a week. (Associated Press, NPR — May 15 and 16, 2022)

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  • Louisiana Rep. Danny McCormick, arguing that the state’s existing trigger laws, which would ensure that abortion will be a crime if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, are inadequate to give fetuses equal protection under the law, claiming that women who have an abortion should be in the same legal position as one who takes the life of a child after birth. McCormick proposed legislation that would make women who end their pregnancies subject to criminal homicide prosecutions. Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is anti-abortion, has said he’d veto the legislation. Late in the evening on May 12, 2022, McCormick withdrew the bill from consideration. (Associated Press, Reuters — May 12 and 13, 2022)
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