Casey Aldridge

Casey Aldridge

Junior and Levine Scholar at UNC Charlotte, triple majoring in Religious Studies, History, and Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies. Future Presbyterian seminarian; current Marxist student organizer. Enjoys long-distance running, listening to '70s-era punk rock and '80s new wave, traveling, movement-building, reading Kurt Vonnegut, and watching Doctor Who.

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Op-Ed: Heroes who die

| April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Heroes who die

This editorial may contain spoilers for readers who have yet to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Marvel’s Logan. It also contains potential spoilers for readers unfamiliar with Schindler’s List, The Dark Knight Rises, and Marvel’s The Avengers. Our class on the problems of the Holocaust representation in art and memory was critically […]

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Op-Ed: A Shared Objective

| March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: A Shared Objective

On March 19, Peter Maass wrote in The Intercept that “for Donald Trump, a terror attack will be an opportunity not a curse.” Maass is right on the most basic level, and it’s quite extraordinary that the point is not being made by more voices in the media. It speaks to the fact that–even though […]

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Op-Ed: Superstion, Positivity, & Power

| March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Superstion, Positivity, & Power

I attended a retreat with my scholarship program this weekend, which concluded on Sunday with a speaker who came to talk to us about “positive psychology.” The speaker was exceedingly friendly and energetic and cared deeply about the “good news” that he carried with him, but I’m afraid he will not be able to count […]

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Op-Ed: Six Months is a Lifetime

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Six Months is a Lifetime

It has been six months — half a year — since Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. It has been six months — half a year — since protesters shut down Old Concord Road, a stone’s throw from our University. The massive and impassioned protests that followed shook Charlotte’s establishment to […]

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Op-Ed: Dubya & the Reichstag

| March 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Dubya & the Reichstag

Over spring break I traveled with a group of friends to Milan, Berlin, and Paris. Among the many things we set out to see in our limited time in Europe was the German Reichstag in Berlin. The Reichstag is the seat of power in Germany, within which the Bundestag (or Parliament) meets for official legislative […]

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Op-Ed: Resisting the Right

| January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Resisting the Right

I spent the weekend in Washington, D.C. with hundreds of thousands of friends, family and comrades. We weren’t there to celebrate the inauguration of the 45 President of the United States; instead, we were there to kick off four years of righteous defiance and resistance. Friday saw angry and militant protests in D.C., where protesters […]

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Op-Ed: Lessons in Hope

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Lessons in Hope

On Jan. 13, 2016, I penned an opinion-editorial for this newspaper on New Year’s resolutions and the need to do away with them entirely. In that piece I lamented that 2015 had been “an awful year for the world.” I wrote that “at the beginning of 2015 I held so much hope for the year […]

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Op-Ed: Standing Rock’s Stand

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Standing Rock’s Stand

Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday. It is certainly my favorite secular holiday, though not at all because of the mythology and imagery around it. I love Thanksgiving in spite of its story, which attempts to normalize the colonization of this continent and genocidal actions towards the indigenous peoples of this land. I love every […]

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Op-Ed: Marxism for Mary

| November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Marxism for Mary

In the week since the election, Hillary Clinton has said “we owe [Donald Trump] an open mind and a chance to lead.” President Barack Obama said that “we are now all wishing for [Trump’s] success in uniting and leading the country.” Even the AFL-CIO has come out and said that “if he is willing to […]

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Scared of The Clown Craze? Meet The CMPD.

| October 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
Scared of The Clown Craze? Meet The CMPD.

There’s been a weird and hard to explain uptick in clown sightings the past few weeks. Late at night, on street corners or in the woods, and calling in threats to schools, a remarkable amount of attention is starting to be given to what the media is calling America’s “clown craze.” Just in time for […]

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Op-Ed: How could this not happen here?

| September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: How could this not happen here?

Two years ago this month, I wrote my first piece with the Niner Times. It ran in print under the headline “Ferguson Here.” That article explored racial re-segregation in Charlotte, and the militarization of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in the wake of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In it I spelled out just a few […]

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Op-Ed: Flush House Bill 2

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Flush House Bill 2

I’ve come across quite a bit on social media over the past few weeks, since House Bill 2 was passed by the State Legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory signed it, where (frequently white, cisgender, heterosexual, middle class) people have called the bathroom statute of the law “a distraction” from the real issues of the bill. […]

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Alternate Take: Why it matters that black lives matter

| March 22, 2016 | 1 Comment
Alternate Take: Why it matters that black lives matter

John, my co-worker and friend, wrote last week that he’s not a fan of avoidable confrontation and neither am I, really. Confrontation is almost never fun, almost always painful and without exception uncomfortable. But confrontation is necessary for the reconciliation of right and wrong and for the abolition of unjust power imbalances. Sometimes my political positions might make […]

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Op-Ed: The Walkout

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: The Walkout

If you read the pieces I’ve been writing recently, you’re aware I’m not all that enthused by new university president, Margaret Spellings. There’s something about a right-wing coup d’etat, which promises to negatively impact the school and university system I hold dear, that just doesn’t have me that optimistic. I’m not the only one, either. […]

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Op-Ed: Cam Newton and Double Standard

| February 23, 2016 | 1 Comment
Op-Ed: Cam Newton and Double Standard

On the field this year, Cam Newton took his play to new heights. He’d always been an immensely talented football player, as Heisman Trophy winner and national champion at Auburn University, as number one overall draft pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2011, and Offensive Rookie of the Year in his first year in the […]

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#SpellCheck

| January 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
#SpellCheck

To my fellow customers, Sorry about that. Poor choice of words. To my fellow students, The concept of the student and the concept of the customer ought to be understood quite clearly as two distinct categories. Sometimes, in my life, I’m a customer. When I go to the bookstore, or go shopping for groceries, I’m […]

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The Resolutions We Break

| January 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Resolutions We Break

Every year at New Year’s, people make resolutions. It’s a tradition that makes sense, if you think about it. If you want to turn a leaf and start anew, when better to begin than Jan. 1, the start of a new calendar year? There’s something about the new year that carries hope, if only because […]

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Op-Ed: Living in a culture of fear

| December 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Op-Ed: Living in a culture of fear

Umpqua Community College. The Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood. Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. Most recently, Savannah and San Bernardino. The list gets longer all the time, and by certain metrics, there have been more mass shootings in the United States so far in 2015 than there have been days. Last week there were reports even […]

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OP-ED: The myth of religious extremism and our selective grief

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: The myth of religious extremism and our selective grief

Several attacks shook Paris on the evening of Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Explosions were set off outside a national soccer match between France and Germany, where French President Francois Hollande was attending. Gunmen attacked a restaurant, and invaded an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the Bataclan, killing dozens and taking hostages. Paris fell into […]

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OP-ED: Not the socialist you’re looking for

| November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
OP-ED: Not the socialist you’re looking for

In 2008, Hillary Clinton ran for president as the establishment favorite of the Democratic Party. Pundits said she was a lock for the nomination – and she certainly appeared as if she was – until a charismatic young senator from Illinois challenged her from the left. Then Senator Barack Obama campaigned on ending George Bush’s […]

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