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Ricky Cruz

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Race

FBI Identifies Black Lives Matter as a Threat To Security, Again

As of October 9th, 2017, The FBI counterterrorism department has identified Black Identity Extremists as an official threat to the security of The United States. The FBI’s statement includes “perception of police brutality against African Americans has spurred retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement.”This follows a year where United States police have been responsible for 768 deaths in 2017 alone. We are in the midst of another era of combating systemic racism. The whiteness working in

Real Life

We Need To Stop Telling People To ‘Speak English’

Language is often discussed as a barrier. Especially when speaking about Non-English speakers, or people who have a first language that is not English. For these people, the phrases “Speak English or get out” or “We speak English here”. I had a thought-provoking conversation recently about speaking non-english languages in the workplace. The person I was speaking with made an argument along the lines of “I think everyone should speak English in the workplace”. To

Race

Everyone Should Be Outraged By the Murder of Deaf Latino Man Magdiel Sanchez

Magdiel Sanchez is a Latino man who was shot and killed by police in Oklahoma City Tuesday the 19th of September. Police reports say that he was first tased, then shot by another officer. He was being detained in the investigation of a hit and run. One very important detail, Magdiel Sanchez is a deaf man. He cannot hear. Neighbors of Magdiel said that there were shouting at police that he cannot hear, but the

Feminism

The Tragedy of Kenneka’s Death Is a Common Issue Found Across the United States

If you haven’t heard about Kenneka Jenkins, you need to get caught up right now. It is a developing story that is being pieced together by friends and family with no assistance from the police. Horribly enough, this is a recurring issue that can be found happening to Black girls all across the country. Black girls are continually being forced into sex trafficking. Kenneka Jenkins must always be remembered, as do Shaniah Boyd, Winter Griffin,

Real Life

Trump’s America: The Death of Kenneka Jenkins

On Sep. 10, Kenneka Jenkins was found dead inside of a Rosemont hotel in Chicago. Kenneka’s story is quickly being spread throughout Twitter: Kenneka was with her ‘best friends’ at a club, ended up in the hotel, Kenneka was abandoned by her friends at the hotel, where she was last seen alive. Her body was found in a freezer inside the hotel. It is suspected that her friends set her up to be raped for

Race

History Shows That the NYPD Are Indeed the Racist Ones

Recently, The New York Police Department released a video, introducing their idea of “Blue racism”. The video describes how the NYPD are victims of racist targeting. This could not be more twisted. In fact, they could not be more hypocritical. The NYPD is notorious for racial profiling and racially targeting communities and people of color. Eras such as the 80’s are times for critical analysis between police and people of color. The New York Police

Race

The Racial Disparities in Policing Happening In the Wake of Charlottesville, VA

On August 14th, anti-fascist protesters got together in Durham, NC and took down the “Confederate Soldiers Monument” located within the city. Since then, there have been reports of the Durham Sheriff accompanied by officers forcing raids on homes to arrest the protesters responsible for taking the statue down. A huge line of protesters stood in line to turn themselves in for taking the statue down in a very grassroots-esque attempt to make a statement. Just

Race

Why It’s Important For the Latinx and Black Community To Come Together

The United States is a country structured in racism and its effects are evident every single day. It is a structure that upholds white supremacy and creates a racial hierarchy designed by white people. It is very clear that  Black people are the most marginalized and the most oppressed globally. Trump encouraged police to increase police brutality, an already huge issue within the Black community. Another population that is heavily targeted through racism is the

Race

Meet Seun Babalola, a Passionate Activist Working for the Rights of the Black Community

Seun Babalola is an activist at Penn State, who is studying for his political science major; he is also the director of SGA’s Diversity Committee at Penn State. He has quickly made his name, as well as his ideas, known through community service drives, fund raisers, ted talks, as well as other forms of activism. He has met with multiple Black mayors across The U.S., has interned for Hillary Clinton, as well as participated in

Race

Black Men Are Not Expendable, Stop Treating Them Like They Are

From blackface to racial profiling to “fitting the description”, black men are treated as if they are expendable or replaceable. We find this trend prevalent in today’s society. Recently LaVar Ball and Marc Lamont Hill were both victims of being nationally stripped of their individuality. The former occurred when Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson played the part as the father of NBA rookie Lonzo Ball, LaVar Ball, for a skit. At the very end of

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