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Two Years Later

| September 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
Two Years Later

Two years ago, an event unfolded that shook Charlotte to its core. Keith Lamont Scott was stopped by police officers when they saw him exit his car with a handgun. Authorities have said that Scott did not comply when officers commanded him to drop his weapon. This led Officer Brentley Vinson to use deadly force […]

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Change the Name

| September 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
Change the Name

If we engraved our buildings with quotes of those they honor instead of their names, what would our campus look like? Popp-Martin Student Union might say, “I stand on the shoulders of giants.” The Cone Center might say “This too shall pass.” Jerry Richardson Stadium might say, “Show me how you wiggle to get those […]

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Celebrating, Not Capitalizing

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
Celebrating, Not Capitalizing

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar and dance club located in New York City. The Stonewall Inn was a space that accepted even the most marginalized members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly trans and gender non-conforming people of color, a group that […]

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The Art of Disagreement

| April 27, 2018
The Art of Disagreement

When was the last time you walked away from a disagreement (especially a political one) feeling good about yourself? If you are anything like me, the answer might pre-date your awkward middle school years or maybe even your first words.  Maybe that’s just the way disputation happens—arguing isn’t supposed to make you feel good, is […]

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The Dignity in Dying

| April 27, 2018
The Dignity  in Dying

Imagine being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Your faculties start failing you slowly; your eyesight, then you motor ability. You start forget names and people. You need help eating and walking. You are in constant pain and don’t see and ending near. You are desperate for relief, but you know the pain it would cause […]

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The Fight for Inclusion

| April 27, 2018
The Fight for Inclusion

I was sixteen years old when Blake Brockington died. I remember the feeling in my chest when I heard the news; I remember writing a few lyrics about it after reading the articles; I remember seeing the photos of him in that green “Legalize Trans*” t-shirt. I remember feeling this kinship to him; though I […]

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Defense of Insanity

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
Defense of Insanity

Imagine that you’ve been summoned to serve your civil duty as a juror in a high-profile court case. Trial day rolls around, you find your seat in the jury box and you watch as sobbing spectators, some family of the victims and others family of the perpetrator begin to file in. The judge hammers his […]

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CMS’ Multicultural Debate

| February 8, 2018
CMS’ Multicultural Debate

On Tuesday, January 23rd, I attended a Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board public hearing. They were discussing a revision to their multicultural clause, which describes different cultures and identities that are protected in the classroom. The revision would make the clause now include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Of the roughly 30 people that spoke […]

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The Lie of Gerrymandering

| February 8, 2018
The Lie of Gerrymandering

I’m a political science major, and I’ll be the first to admit that gerrymandering is an extremely dull topic. Congressional redistricting just isn’t as sexy as other issues! But with the recent verdict from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, understanding its ramifications is vital, now more than ever. Gerrymandering essentially means the construction of […]

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H&M: The Dumbest Monkeys in the Jungle

| February 8, 2018
H&M: The Dumbest Monkeys in the Jungle

  When I first saw the H&M ad of the black child in the “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie on twitter, my first thought was “how did no one catch this?” I wanted to have the opinion “I’d like to think this was a coincidence.” I thought “I have no way of knowing whether […]

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Blackout at the Golden Globes

| February 8, 2018
Blackout at the Golden Globes

Globes red carpet experienced a blackout. Many stars were banding together in search of all-black dresses and outfits to make a statement against the epidemic of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry and beyond. the coordinated wardrobe effort was part of a campaign called Time’s Up. With more than 300 figures in the entertainment industry […]

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Ivanka Trump is not for the people

| February 8, 2018
Ivanka Trump is not for the people

Before her father’s historical takeover of the White House, Ivanka Trump was known somewhat as a beauty icon. The kind of beauty icon that attracts her father’s praise in March of 2006 when he infamously – and creepily – stated that: “…if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” This is how Ivanka […]

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DACA dismemberment destroying dreams

| December 5, 2017
DACA dismemberment destroying dreams

On September 5, 2017, many Americans’ whole worlds were altered. Their idea of “home” was questioned and their idea of the “American dream” was threatened. President Trump decided to end DACA, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This immigration policy was established by Obama in 2012. A lot of people have formed their opinions on […]

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Texas Terror

| November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
Texas Terror

Walking into church on a Sunday morning, ready to come together with family and friends. Ready to sing songs, clap, dance even shout if it comes. Then, shots fired, people screaming, babies crying panic ensues. This was the scene last Sunday when 26-year-old Devin Kelley, former Air Force airman, opened fire on worshipers in First […]

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