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Donald Trump Refuses to Disavow White Supremacists

Yet again, Donald Trump proves to us that he is in fact a white supremacist fighting to keep white America superior (something that we’ve known since the beginning). CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked Trump repeatedly to denounce David Duke’s support for his campaign and Trump said he couldn’t condemn someone he “didn’t know anything about”. He was asked to condemn David Duke’s and other white supremacist’s votes in the election to which Trump insisted he

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The Future of U.S.-Cuban Relations

In the process of restoring U.S.-Cuban relations, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Cuba in March 2016. He will be the first American President since Calvin Coolidge in 1928 to visit Cuba. The President’s trip will be a huge step toward changing policies that are rooted in the Cold War.  In 1960, Fidel Castro signed a trade treaty with the Soviet Union.  In 1961 President Dwight D. Eisenhower severed diplomatic relations

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Illegal Immigrants Are Not Who You Think They Are

If someone asks you what you think of illegal immigrants, you may think of Mexicans trying to steal our jobs. That’s the immediate response for a lot of people without even blinking an eye. Presidential candidate Donald Trump has gained a lot of followers for this stereotypical statement that white conservatives usually agree with. It is easy to agree with too; it makes sense if there is zero thought put into the actuality of it.

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The Importance of Teens Becoming Socially Aware

Our generation is, of course, considered “technologically advanced.” Whether it be from smartphones, tablets, laptops, or even smart watches, we can acquire an infinite amount of information by simply clicking a button. News websites and social media are just a few of the myriad of sources of potential information. Amazing things can be learned and accomplished from these resources. For example, approximately a year ago I began to take a special interest in social justice

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Deray is Running For Mayor And He Has My Vote Already!

When I heard that Deray Mckesson decided to run for Baltimore mayor, I was very skeptical. I didn’t believe that he had enough grit to lead Baltimore. In the last couple of months, my city has been in a constant state of turmoil since the unrest. Baltimore residents have slowly been losing hope; lead by an out of touch mayor and corrupt police department, the citizens grew very tired. The death of Freddy Gray is

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President Obama on Solitary Confinement

On Monday, President Obama announced a new plan for criminal justice reform regarding the practice of solitary confinement. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, he laid out a series of executive actions he is taking and why he feels strongly about this issue.     Last summer, President Obama directed Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate the overuse of solitary confinement in federal prisons. The Justice Department has now completed its review and published

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Can Bernie Win the Presidency?

*Disclaimer: this opinion of my own. This does not reflect the beliefs of Affinity. With the democratic presidential nomination race closer than ever and the Iowa caucuses less than two weeks away, we should all step back a truly analyze the situation and the facts. Bernie Sanders has recently climbed closer his opposer Hillary Clinton in the Iowa polls (the first state to vote), with the most recent poll showing only a four point difference

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California Is The First State To Teach Consent In High School: Here’s Why Its Important

  First brought to light in October, 2015, California is finally taking it’s first step in progressing education by welcoming the topic of consent in Sex-Ed classes. On the first of October, Jerry Brown, California’s Governor, approved a law requiring school districts that include health as a graduation requirement to teach about sexual consent and “yes means yes”. The law also requires state education officials to update curriculum guidelines for high school health classes with

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A Country Built On Hypocrisy

Written by Olivia Ali    America is a country that beat the odds. America rose against the oppression of their motherland, declared their own freedom, wrote out a citizen’s rights from birth, and became one of the strongest countries in the world. However, America seems to be back tracking, as one of the rights stated in the very first constitutional amendment is being ignored. Our freedom of speech is a constitutional right, yet people don’t seem

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