The first, and perhaps only, rule of being “Asian” in America is, in fact, not necessarily to be Asian…
Of course, we had the usual “Hey, how are you?” kind of conversation when we saw each other, but we are all so trained to answer by saying “I’m good, you?” that we don’t even think to tell the truth sometimes. There are some people that don’t want to open up, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anyone to talk to.
If you’re reading this, and you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or anything that makes you want to hurt yourself, please understand that people care about you.
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)
Not only is the cultural genocide against Native Americans still pervasive in our society, our long history of genocide against Native Americans is continued through police brutality. Native Americans make up only 0.8% of the population, but 1.9% of police shooting victims, making them the group most likely to be killed by police.
In the days leading up to the Unite the Right rally in Virginia, prominent Neo-Nazi Andre Anglin posted his thoughts on the dress code on his site, The Daily Stormer. The Daily Stormer is a Pro-Nazi site infamous for targeting Jewish writers and general Nazi-Nonsense, which has since been shut down (at least for now) by their domain hosting site NameCheap. But, using quotes from Vox, we can still see the similarities in the language used. Anglin writes that they have to look “sexy,” and that “baggy stuff… always looks bad.” He even says that “continued obesity will not be tolerated.” He argues that he knows his target demographic is obese, but that they need to create a culture of fitness to combat that.
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I’ve been in contact with a few different people recently who are interested in speaking at SJU. I’m really excited to be able to say that Viktor Lidholt, a former senior software engineer at Google and creator of NewsVoice, will be coming to speak at SJU on October 4th! His website and app (NewsVoice) allows people to democratize news stories by up-voting stories that are relevant and less biased. All articles listed on NewsVoice have indicators that tell you if an article swings left, right, centrist, is European, is Russian, etc. NewsVoice allows all of us to be in control of what kind of media we take in and makes us aware of the biases that exist in things meant to inform us. He will be speaking to us about the importance of unbiased news and why having a voice in the media we take in is a significant step to changing media for the better.
I’ve also been in contact with Patrick Bobilin, who is running for New York City Council in District 5. Patrick is a progressive democratic socialist. His family is from Bayamon, Puerto Rico and came to the US in the 1950s. He believes affordable housing and healthcare are human rights. He would like to bring single-payer healthcare to NYC and extend better services to women, children, minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community. He also advocates for better health conditions in schools as well as de-segregated schools that allow students from all financial backgrounds to get a good education. Learn more about Patrick and his platform here.
“While the black community and the black church have made advances in addressing mental health issues as serious issues that require professional help, the psychology community also has a duty to create a more inclusive therapeutic environment that considers all factors in addressing mental health, including culture.”
I’m happy to say that I sent out our email this afternoon with over 50 signatures from students who are demanding a campus that responds to its students’ needs and feelings in a timely fashion. Since I sent the letter, we’ve gotten responses from students and faculty alike, thanking us for taking initiative and standing up for our fellow students.