Current Events

2021 Is Not a New Start

Much as individuals may want to consign 2020 to the dustbin of history, it taught many vital lessons and it sets the stage for the year ahead. It showed that a global pandemic is not just a health crisis, but also an economic and educational crisis full of inequity and much more. Everyone saw rising […]

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Current Events, Politics

Where Does Joe Biden Stand On Issues?

When he formally announced his entry into the 2020 presidential race, Joe Biden declared that he stood for two things – workers who “built this country”, and values that can bridge its divisions. As the US faces challenges from the coronavirus to racial inequity, his pitch is to create new economic opportunities for workers, restore […]

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Politics

Identity Politics: Friend Or Foe?

The term “identity politics” was first coined by Black feminist Barbara Smith and the Combahee River Collective in 1974. Identity politics originated from the need to reshape movements that had until then prioritized the monotony of sameness over the strategic value of difference. The aim of identity politics is to hold people accountable to ask […]

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Politics

Right-Wing VS Left-Wing: Where Do They Stand On Major Issues?

Social Policies A variety of social issues in the U.S. divide the left and right. These include abortion, the death penalty, drug policy, gay rights, women’s rights, separation of church and state, gun rights, and healthcare policy. In general, the left-wing philosophy believes in “one for all and all for one,” looking to the government […]

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Pop Culture

Why It’s Important For Celebrities To Use Their Platforms For Change

In recent years, popular culture and political activism have very much blended together. Some people champion this and are excited to see celebrities with privilege speaking out about social issues, certain political figures, and movements across the globe. However, many believe that actors, musicians, and athletes should stay away from politics because they lack adequate […]

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Pop Culture

Performative Activism Kills Social Justice

In the era of social media, it has become increasingly common for users to utilize their platforms in offering support for various movements and causes. After the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, many people turned to social media to spread awareness for the Black Lives Matter movement, […]

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Current Events, Politics

Trump’s Allegations Against the Election

Efforts continue by President Donald Trump and his team to challenge the outcome of the election. Trump has refused to concede and while he has publicly – and baselessly – argued that the election results show widespread voter fraud favoring Democrats, the president has also reportedly queried advisers about additional ways to stall or stop […]

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Current Events, Politics

President Trump’s Refusal to Concede the Presidency

In the time since the U.S. presidential election was called in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden, President Donald Trump’s words and actions have raised fears among some observers that he might refuse to relinquish power.  Constitutional law scholars say there are protections in place to ensure that every president must leave office when […]

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Pop Culture

Mental Health in Students

Experts and researchers often use terms like “epidemic” and “crisis” to characterize the mental health challenges currently facing American college students. Surveys in the last years have stated that about 60% of respondents felt “overwhelming” anxiety, while 40% experienced depression so severe they had difficulty functioning. (American College Health Association) A 2019 Pennsylvania State University […]

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