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Op-ed

Those Living in Poverty Should Not be Held Accountable for the Environment

There has been evident progress regarding the environmental movement in the United States. Initiated in the 1960s, this modern initiative has been ingrained into society and has spurred debate over issues such as climate change, veganism, etc. Inherently, this movement is most prominent in more affluent communities. Unequivocally, it is quite difficult to be within the reigns of poverty and extensively contribute to the global urge to “Go Green!” in a world that does little

Politics

There Needs to be More Action Regarding Reparations

In June 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a compelling piece titled “The Case of Reparations” that was published in the Atlantic. Intended to be an eye-opener to the necessity of compensating the descendants of slaves, Coates ignited a national fervor for advocating the potentiality of an economic system that aims towards redistributing wealth in the America. Recently, extended conversation on reparations has reached political platforms and has been promoted through social activism. Though mentioning the subject is a sign of initial support,

Race

The Origins of Black History Month: A Look To How Far We’ve Come

It is February, one of the most awe-inspiring months of the year. It is this month that the nation comes together to celebrate Black History Month! It is in this month that we take the time to appreciate the pioneers that have made an impact on our history and our culture. African Americans around the country look to our ancestors to remember how they themselves influenced a culture. We recognize the brave individuals that have

Race

There’s No Such Thing as “Not Black Enough”

In such a racially polarized environment, you’d think that people of the same color are more likely to stick together as a people. It’s obvious to recognize that this just isn’t true. In America, and other parts of the world, Black people take part in a society that doesn’t want much to do with them. We’ve faced centuries of discrimination and decades of segregation. We’ve been subject to all types of tortures and hardships. We’ve

Race

How Racial Targeting Prevents Black People From Living Their Lives

It’s been an interesting year for African Americans who are simply trying mind to their business. Instead of coming out into the world to live their lives, they’re being subtly pushed away by their white counterparts. Not only is this an infuriating act of discrimination; this is a major waste of time for emergency response teams to deal with. At this point, it’s unsafe for black people to merely take part in their own society.

Op-ed

Privilege of Social Justice Access: The Flaws of Modern Activism

In Michael B. Jordan’s interview with Vanity Fair for their November 2018 edition, he claimed that it’s difficult for people to think beyond slavery when they look at Black people because “we don’t have any mythology, black mythology, or folklore.” His statements seemed to come from a place of good intentions, and his point was about getting more Black people’s stories to be told in Hollywood, but the delivery of his message was lost on

Race

The Damage a White-Centric Education Has on Young People of Color

With it being Black History Month in the UK, it’s that time of year when schools pretend to care about black history for a week before returning to their ethnocentric education. It’s that ironic month where pupils sit in school assemblies where they watch videos about how a lack of representation in school subjects can affect pupils of color before going to their history lessons where they’ll learn about the Tudor period for the fifth time in their

Race

Why Every School Should Offer African American History Classes

Traditional history classes focus on what is considered the most significant American history- unfortunately, most “significant history” revolves around exclusively white figures. African American historical figures and issues are really only discussed during lessons on slavery and the civil rights movement, causing in-depth discussions about Black history to be a novelty.  This creates a very one- dimensional education. Without knowledge of cultures and history outside of white America, young people are growing up not only

Real Life, Sports

The NFL Is Signing Criminals, But Kaepernick Is Still a Free Agent

We’re coming up on the third week in the NFL regular season and there are more examples of corruption facing the league than ever. During Monday Night Football on Sep. 17, the Chicago Bears faced the Seattle Seahawk. Although the Bears came out on top with a 24-17 victory, that wasn’t what caught the attention of most fans. The spotlight was on linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who was starting on the Seahawks defense. The same man

Race, Real Life

How Natural Disaster Relief Fails Minorities

Does loss of life have a color? A certain bank account? A value based upon intelligence or access? Has our world reached a place wherein disaster relief and aid is just as polarizing as every other evidence of racial and socioeconomic divide? For the past week, the United States has effortlessly focused their time and energy in preparing the east coast for the impact of Hurricane Florence. Mandatory evacuations, taking effect in the Carolinas and

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