Anti-Trump But Anti-Immigrant: Why the Words We Use Matter

While at an anti-Trump rally, I stood at the steps of the capitol building of my state, surrounded by other protesters while people took turns speaking to the crowd. At one point a young white woman took the stage and began speaking. Although I do not remember most of what she said, one thing she did say struck me.

“How can we talk about deporting immigrants, or disrespecting immigrants, when they do the jobs that none of us want? Who will be your janitors and garbage men if you make them leave?”

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Mental Illness and Gun Control: Where Do We Draw the Line Between Constitutional Rights and Individuals’ Safety?

America is not a stranger to gun violence as it leads developing countries in the number of gun-related homicides per year. Since one of America’s most horrendous acts of gun violence in its history, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 that killed 20 children and 6 adults, the United States has faced 1,518 mass shootings as of October 2017. On Sunday, November 5, the United States gained another entry in the massacre-at-the-hands-of-a-gunman section of its history books with at least 26 people dead and even more wounded. In the wake of this tragedy, President Donald Trump is calling this event a mental illness issue, rather than an issue of gun control. This raises an interesting point about whether mental illness plays a role in these acts of gun violence and how far the government should go in regulating who is able to obtain guns in this country.

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“Stop trying to make it about race”: How Queer Culture was Co-opted by Whiteness

The flag was changed to include me and my black/POC counterparts to let us know that other queer people see the ugliness in our community. It signifies real unity. It means that the racism one member of the queer community experiences means something to everyone. It means that white LGBTQ+ people will come fight for their queer counterparts at other marches that may not pertain to gay or trans rights explicitly, but still affect our community. If you have an issue with that, you’re a part of the problem. Period. You’d rather not add two shades to a flag than acknowledge a problem in your own community. At least racists in the south will say it with their chests. You’re just a coward.

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Why I Support the Democratic Socialists of America (and you should, too!)

On the official website of the Democratic Socialists of America, the organization writes that they believe that though they “are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people.” “We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.”(LA Times: Democratic Socialism)

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Healthcare Time Machine: The Senate’s Attempt to Roll Back The Progress of the ACA

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”.

In the Preamble to our Constitution, the founders included a clause in which they state that we, as the people of the United States, and more importantly our congressional representatives, are to promote the general welfare in order to form a “more perfect union.” This phrase gives our government a mandate to protect its citizens and to provide for their well-being. Well-being is a vague term and can most definitely be interpreted in a number of ways, which should include the health of the citizens, as well as their ability to access necessary medical attention and care.

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What Does Makeup Have to Do With Racism?

Makeup has, throughout the ages, been an important part of the identity of womanhood. It has carried both positive and negative meanings. Currently, we are in what is referred to as the “fourth wave” of feminism. It’s feminism that often focuses on the idea that there is no correct way to be a woman. Women who like to do stereotypically “womanly” things are just as valid as women who do not. In this wave of feminism, makeup is often seen as a way to express yourself and that it should be done by all people who enjoy it. It’s an artistic skill that should be utilized by people of all genders. Everything from hair to nail polish to face makeup is now treated as an art form to be enjoyed by all. Sadly, the reality is that white people have it easier when it comes to beauty.

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