Start your week on the right foot with these informative topics regarding world issues and relevant topics
by Corey Gray
I am a person. I am not your fetish. I am a femme
nonbinary AMAB (assigned male at birth) person. I am not
your fetish. Over the past year I’ve realized when it comes
to romance, I’m not a very lucky duck. I trucked off to
school in Boston after growing up in rural Maine and was
aching to be in a place with a larger queer community. While
I did find that, I for some reason could still only get the
occasional Tinder match, and could even more rarely get a
date with anyone. I’m not here to toot my own horn, but I
consider myself to be attractive and interesting, and have
been validated on both claims by many people, so I was
stumped as to why I was struggling to find anyone willing to
connect with me. It clicked near the middle of the school
year when I realized that most of the people who did show
interest in me thought I was a cross dresser and would ask
me to be their little girl or to dress up in lingerie (that they
offered to buy me).
Feminism is defined as, “the advocacy of women's rights on the
grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” It is
because of feminism that women in the United States can vote,
own land, and even divorce. Many women sacrificed their lives so
we, the women of today, can reap the benefits, and to make sure
that we keep a look out for equality for both men and women.
by Jessica Yu
If you have finished or are currently in high school, chances
are, you’ve probably taken some type of foreign language class.
More and more high schools are incorporating foreign languages
into their curriculum, making it mandatory for students to learn a
new language before they graduate. Being able to communicate
in another language is a very useful tool that opens a door to new
opportunities. However, learning new languages is not everyone's
cup of tea. For students who struggle to wrap their head around a
new language or do not express any interest at all in learning it,
is it really fair for school systems to require them to take these
NASA's Extreme Environment Misson Operations (NEEMO) team of former and soon to be astronauts plunged 62 feet below the Atlantic. Last week the crew boarded the Aquarius Reef Lab and treked down to the of the sea to begin research in anb environment similar to working to outer space to prepare them for for future missions to Mars, astroids, and future to space. They'll be sequencing DNA, simulating space walks, and a telemedicine device for future missions. Both success and failure are welcome here so technology can advance before an actual trip to Mars is launched (the soonest one set for lift off in 2020). In addition to doing space research, they will be taking samples for marine biologists and geologists from the very bottom of the sea. They'll be testing a new hand held DNA sequencer that could help shed some light on alien lifeforms that could be out there somewhere, whether it be down on the bottom of the ocean or in a far out galaxy. For more information on their exploration and findings, pictures, video, and to learn about the aquanauts on board, go to NASA's NEEMO Misson page or @NASA_NEEMO on twitter!
Political correctness is a term that’s been used plenty of times this election season. What does it mean? Political correctness is speech and language that is devised to not offend a group in society, oftentimes minorities. However, I’m here to tell you why political correctness doesn’t exist, with a focus on Islamophobia and terrorist attacks.
In the past few years, terrorist attacks have become increasingly common: Most recently the deadly bombing in Afghanistan on July 23rd and the continued presence of terrorist groups in the Middle East, most notably Syria. Whenever these attacks occur, they’re immediately labeled as “Islamic terror” which inevitably adds to the ever-growing narrative that fuels hatred against an entire religion- Islamophobia.
by Jessica Yu
If you’ve been active on social media recently, you’ve
probably witnessed or read about a celebrity getting “called out”,
meaning they have been publicly accused of saying or doing
something racist, sexist, ableist, or offensive. Following the call
out of an individual, many users on social media harass, insult,
and make judgements on that individual based off their one
offensive action. Even after the individual has made an apology,
oftentimes, the public has already shunned that person, and their
impression of them has been tainted forever.
Of course, letting celebrities, who are influential and have a
wide audience, know that their actions are offensive is important.
The purpose of calling someone out is to allow them to recognize
their mistakes, and learn from it. However, the reality of call out
culture is that everyone jumps on the bandwagon to hate on the
called out individual, making unnecessary and negative
comments. We were taught as children to “learn from your
mistakes”, but now we are too afraid to make mistakes in fear of
An alternative to calling out is “calling in”, where a private
conversation about an individual's actions takes place instead of a
public call out, which minimizes harassment. With celebrities this
is hard to do since reaching out to them is difficult, and usually
they only respond when criticism towards them becomes popular.
Instead of finding an alternative to calling out, we as a society
should work towards reducing the stigma of making mistakes,
and accept that people can change.
by Corey Gray
Over the past year I’ve realized how rampant internalized homophobia is within the gay community. I’ve become aware of my own internalized homophobia and I’ve been far more perceptive of other people’s. Sometimes it’s blatant, but sometimes it’s just subtle things. Whether it’s a gay who wishes so deeply that they were straight, or a gay who’s fine with being gay, but actively tries and worries about always presenting as straight passing. Even something like only being attracted to only very masc, straight-passing gays is deep ingrained internalized homophobia. Internalized homophobia presents its ugly self differently in every gay. Some bits of it are easier to break free of than others, but the important thing is to become aware of it.
I noticed it in myself in high school. I have always been more femme than anything. The way I talk with my hands, the modulation of my voice, the fact that I couldn’t relate to straight boy so I only had girl friends, and many more little things were traits that I never really noticed, but my peers would constantly point out to me. They was usually not pointed out in a negative way, but constantly being asked if you’re gay when you’re at such a fragile time in your life is not helpful. I tried to correct these “gay” traits of mine, which just led to me becoming a monotone lump of baggy clothing. It wasn’t until junior year that I tried to correct that emotional trauma and societal aversion to all things “gay”. Growing up in a rural community was hell for a blooming gay, and when I went off to college in the city I expected to find more of a liberated gay community, but sadly I saw that that wasn’t the truth at all.
by SeoJin Ahn
The glass cliff is when women are placed in leadership roles just
before a large crisis or a great chance of failure. The term was
created by Dr. Michelle Ryan and Professor Alex Haslam from the
School of Psychology at the University of Exeter in the United
by Tori Moore
Let's start off with the facts.
1. The Black Lives Matter movement was created July 13, 2013.
2. It was founded by three queer black women named Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors.
3. Black Lives Matter was in response to the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and the fact that Zimmerman was not convicted of murder, which many Americans - especially Black Americans - found to be outrageous and completely unjust.
Black Lives Matter resurfaced, this time doubling in popularity, in August of 2014 in the outrage of the death of Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, which preceded dozens more white-cop-black-death cases that resulted in equal or doubled outrage.
Two of these cases were the recent deaths of black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by white police men. There is video evidence in both cases that have cause the nation to divide in controversy: did they deserve it or was it murder?
Here are a few more not-so-fun facts:
1. Philando Castile was the 123rd black person killed by police in 2016.
2. There is proven scientific and psychological evidence here, here, and here that proves that black children are seen as older, more independent, less innocent, and more dangerous than white children.
3. According to a poll, 52% of Americans believe racism against black Americans is still a "very serious problem."
Are you part of the 48% who are still saying, "it's not about race," "stop playing the race card, "they deserved it because they were criminals," and "All Lives Matter"?
Guess what? Racism against black Americans is indeed still a very serious issue, whether you are still hiding behind your rebel flag and camoflague or not...which is why Black Lives Matter exists.
In no way is Black Lives Matter a hate group. In no way does it exclude white people, or any other race. In fact, the founder of Black Lives Matter quotes on blacklivesmatter.com, "#BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important–it means that Black lives, which are seen as without value within White supremacy, are important to your liberation." In simple English - yes. We know white people's lives matter, as they always have in history. However, right now, black lives don't matter to a scary amount of Americans and we need a reminder.
The reason it is believed that black lives don't matter is due to White Supremacy as a whole, and the issues that begotten from it such as police brutality, mass incarceration, hyper-masculinity, poverty, fetishization, micro-aggressions and a number of other issues.
Many argue that, for example. police brutality is not only detrimental to the black community. This is true. However, when white people are killed by police, there is outrage -sometimes even if the person actually was violent toward the police. When white people are killed by police, the first thought is not "what did he do to deserve it?" or "what was his criminal background?" When white people are unjustly murdered by police, there are usually consequences.
As for people saying "white people get killed by police too" yes, they do. In fact, one was killed this month. His name was Dylan and he was 19...where was the All Lives Matter crew then? Black Lives Matter supporters took to Twitter to mourn the death of Dylan.
As for the argument of black-on-black crime, yes it exists. It is also one of the issues Black Lives Matter wishes to tackle. However, when blacks kill blacks:
1. it is usually because they live in a black community. If they are partaking in crime, of course the victim is going to be black if the entire neighborhood is black.
2. There is justice for the victim in black-on-black crime. (See: mass incarceration)
Still think All Lives Matter? Not to the Americans who make jokes about the murders of black men by police.
To support All Lives Matter is like a firefighter who sees a house burning down but decides to hose down the entire block because "All Houses Matter."
If you think Black Lives Matter is a hate group based on the actions of a small percentage, please read the homepage of blacklivesmatter.com as the founder explains how it is meant to bring peaceful awareness to the issues black Americans face. If you judge the entire Black Lives Matter movement for the actions of a few, that would be like America judging Christianity by the actions of the KKK (Which, by the way, exists today and is still very active. In 2016.)
Black Lives Matter not Black Lives Matter.
The Ku Klux Klan, or the KKK, was founded on December 24th, 1865. The KKK is a white supremacist group; they believe they have a God given superiority over every other race, specifically black people. The KKK’s initial goal was to victimize slaves that had just been freed after the Civil War, during the Reconstruction era. They carried out attacks in where they would lynch innocent black people when all they wanted was political and social equality after the brutal years of slavery.
It might seem outlandish, but the Ku Klux Klan is still operating today, alive and well. Believe it or not, this organization that thrives on racism, discrimination and white supremacy is legal in the United States. Why? The KKK uses their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Today, the KKK doesn’t kill black people, but they sure do everything they can to make them feel like they don’t belong in the United States. The hate group believes in segregation- they want to make the United States a white man’s land. The KKK are against interracial marriages, believing that black people are subhuman- literally. They’ve been passing out flyers in predominantly diverse areas, such as The Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco and North Carolina to induce fear and instill unsettlement into the citizens.
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