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Politics, Race

All (White) Lives Matter According to Donald Trump

Mercutio Southall Jr. a locally known activist, interrupted Donald Trump’s rally by shouting “Black lives matter!” After a fight broke out Trump demanded that the protesters be thrown out saying, “Get him the hell out of here, will you, please? Get him out of here. Throw him out!” According to the video by CNN, Southall fell to the ground where, from what it looks like, several white men proceeded to kick and punch him.

Politics

Hillary for Who?

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was interrupted by student activist group, AUC Shut it Down, as she attempted to bring light to issues regarding race, police brutality and other matters directly affecting the African-American community. Although the protest was short lived, “The hell you talmbout?” seemed to be the question on everyone’s mind after the activists were physically escorted out of the building. “Hillary Clinton will do anything to get elected,” Spelman sophomore Jill Cartwright

Politics

The Imminent Fascism of a Trump Presidency

Donald Trump recently came out in support of multiple discriminatory policies aimed at Muslim Americans. He told NBC news that he “would certainly implement” a database system, which all Muslims would be required by law to register for, in order to track all Muslims in the U.S. Trump has also suggested monitoring and even closing mosques, claiming, “We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

International

Take The Islam Out of ISIS

What is in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. If trash was not called trash, it would still be trash. However, names are used to define things or people. In the wake of the Paris attacks, the world “Islamic” in the name I slamic State in Syria i s one of the driving forces that fuel the constant uprising in Islamophobia. ISIS loves the name ISIS; they want the

International

Undocumented Immigration: Is It What You Think It Is?

A few years ago while discussing illegal immigration in an English class, a girl spoke about her reasons on why she was against it. My initial reaction was to roll my eyes because I knew that what she was about to say was going to be ignorant considering her opinions on previous in-class debates. Regardless, I paid attention to what she was going to say so that I could express my counter-argument clearly. Her opinions

LGBT+

What is It Like Being Transgender?

With increasing transgender visibility in the media due to famous trans people such as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox, almost everyone knows what it means to be transgender. While support for the transgender community has drastically increased in the past few years, there are, and always will be, those who stand adamantly in opposition to the community. With the current transgender teenagers being the first to live in a society fully aware of what it

International

Shame, Dignity, & Catholicism

  Shame: that embarrassing feeling. By definition, shame is the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, or ridiculous. According to Catholic theologians (and John Paul II specifically), shame is a natural defense mechanism that arose due to “The Fall” (Adam and Eve disobeying God). I attend a private, Catholic high school in Kentucky. Recently, during one of my “Theology 102” classes, we were discussing The Fall of Adam and Eve. To

Feminism, Politics

Sex in Society

I’d like to propose a question: what are the negative consequences for a woman resulting from safe sex with multiple partners?  Let’s examine that. After sex with three men, does my intellect suddenly begin to experience a severe decline? After five partners, do other components of my worth begin to magically disintegrate into thin air? My sense of humor: gone?  My fundamental values such as family and education: abolished? Am I no longer the ambitious

International

From Standardized to Modernized?

School’s in session once again and although the time has not arrived yet, soon enough we will be hearing the cries of PARCC. Those cries do not go in vain; rather they represent the mindset of most of the parents and students within my high school and even the majority within my state, New Jersey. PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is as they choose to call themselves “the next generation…of

International

Having a Uterus is Not a Luxury

If you haven’t heard by now, the UK has put a luxury tax on tampons, pads, and other period related products. What does this mean? It means that people with vaginas have to pay a 5% levy on their tampons and pads because they are “luxury items”. Nothing about having a period is luxurious. In an article on this topic by Natasha Preskey for independent.co.uk, she says the following: “The average woman buys, uses and

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