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Half-Century Legacy: Investigating The FBI’s Criminalization Of MLK

While in modern years Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been unanimously praised as a valiant and  proud public leader, this has not always been the case. Dr. King has touched thousands of lives with his poetic words and heroic yet nonviolent actions, with activists and philosophers in the generations since his death adopting his mantras and doctrines and using them as their own personal guidance through life. This is unassailable in the aftermath and

Real Life

South Africans Livid And Alleging Krige As the Crook of Late-Creator’s Genius

Last year, Nkosinathi Nkomo, a 24-year-old Soweto-born and third-year Civil Engineering student at the University of Cape Town, was not able to put his name down in 2017 because he was short of funds. With Cape Town’s water crisis on the rise, Nkosinathi Nkomo thought he would put a handful of the wisdom he had taken up over the years into operation to raise funds and get his hands on a way out of the deteriorating hindrance. He would

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The Flaws of Our Criminal Justice System

They say lady justice is blind, for her blindfold represents objectivity, the ability to allocate justice without the fright of bribe, without the influence of money, wealth, power and identity. But is my justice a reflection of lady justice’s virtues? A while ago I was reading a Maclean’s article which compared Canada’s prisons to residential schools. It truly pointed out some of the more astonishing statistics regarding the unfair treatment of indigenous people on their own land. Even

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The Truth About Discrimination in the College Admissions Process

In 2015, 64 Asian-American groups filed a complaint against Harvard University for what they claimed to be discrimination in the college admissions process. Some may argue that the groups are simply creating a rationale for getting rejected from the institution, but the numbers don’t lie. Many of the enraged previous Asian-American applicants sported nearly perfect SAT scores, played multiple instruments, were named captains of their sports teams and participated in numerous extracurricular activities. With such a resume, one

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Why We Need to Rebrand Black Communities

The world is an uneven playing field, especially for African Americans. Many problems undermine their human rights: Voter ID laws, underfunded education and excessive policing are some examples. However, those issues can be solved with public policy. What cannot be undone is the steep psychological damage of overt and subtle racism. When raised in an impoverished environment, black youth internalize the stigma. We could go back to the 1940s for this point when psychologists Kenneth

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How Internalized Racism Harms People of Color

Around the age of six, I started to notice that certain people around me looked different than I did. During this time, my family had decided to move out of a townhome located in the loud urban metropolis of Minneapolis, to this small, quaint neighborhood in a suburb 30 minutes away. In Minneapolis, I had plenty of friends that looked like me; same hair, similar culture and they had the same brown skin and brown

Politics

Trump’s Bigotry: The Bigger Problem of the Sh*thole Comment

President Trump was quick to deny the most recent accusation that he made a comment in which he denounced prominently black foreign nations as “sh*thole countries.” Yet with a sitting Democratic senator and various outlets of media confirming his quote as true and with Trump’s continuous conflict with credibility, the importance of the controversy is not whether or not he actually did say it, but what it says about the increasingly impacting matter of Trump’s

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Why Black Homosexuality is Not a Negative Attribute

No matter how much pseudo-intellectuals may try to urge it, debates based on controversial topics have never been tranquil. People, especially when arguing a point that they believe so deeply in, are not prone to be phlegmatic. Religion and politics are never encouraged to be discussed in the workplace, simply because beliefs like those are fairly unshakable, and a disagreement between two passionate people could lead to a colossal rift. Unlike the workplace, social media

Op-ed

Trump’s Ignorance Is Damaging the U.S.’s International Relations

Donald Trump has recently garnered huge backlash about his “sh*thole” comments regarding Haiti and Africa. Although he had denied it, members of his own party have shared that they heard the comments firsthand. Haiti’s ambassador to Washington, Paul Altidor, spoke out about how Haitians don’t deserve to be seen as immigrants set on running the U.S. out of their resources. Trump’s blow was also hardened by the fact that news came on the anniversary of

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The Hidden Racism Behind Birth Tourism

Birth tourism is considered as the travel to another country with the intent of giving birth in that country. The main reason for birth tourism is to obtain citizenship for the child in a country with birthright citizenship. It was reported that for a growing number of Russian women, what draws them to Miami isn’t sunny beaches, but U.S. citizenship for their newborn children. According to the article, in Moscow it is considered a status symbol to have

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