The recent pandemic may be coming to a close, but America needs to keep fighting.

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Photo by Daniel Schludi on Unsplash

This year has been unlike any other. For many, it has been a hailstorm of disaster, loss, and pain. For others, it has been a confusing halt on a normal life, while some have found it to be only a mild inconvenience. Whatever your experience, it is safe to say that the arrival of Covid-19 uprooted many foundational parts of daily life. It has rocked America to its core. Many have sacrificed their normal lives to help crush the curve, to end the plague that infects our society. And those sacrifices are commendable, but the fight must continue. …


How the Model Minority Myth harms race relations

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Anti-Chinese Propaganda.

With the rise of social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement, much of the discussion surrounding racial equality and justice has been related to police brutality and violence against Black and Brown people. Despite this, the conversation surrounding subtler but no less nefarious aspects of racism in American society goes unnoticed or is actively disregarded by arguments that, while seemingly reasonable, obscure racism in this country. One such argument is the idea of the Model Minority. …


Civility is only good when both sides agree to partake in it

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Image taken from Wikicommons

The Trump administration’s time is running out, and with only a few months left in office, Trump’s power over the nation, as well as his appeal, has begun to decline. In the absence of the once potent President’s presence, questions arise about our nation’s future and what a Biden administration will look like. Some are hopeful that a new day of bipartisanship will rise over the ashes of our divided nation. Indeed, the Chicago Tribune published an article by its editorial board, commending America for voting for a new day. Much of the article endorsed the idea that Trump’s absence would ensure the dignity of America’s body politic. The Tribune was so rosy in its appraisals of America that it conveniently ignored the fact that millions of Americans still voted for the divisive man they were in the process of condemning, saying, “This victory is a testament to the enduring hope of most Americans that, despite their differences, they can still join together for common goals.” The Tribune was not alone in its praise and rosy depiction. George W. Bush, who had his own experience with avoiding the popular will of America, congratulating Biden on his victory in a statement that read: “Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.” Such hopes are great signs for the country, at least on their face. But the reality is far crueler. …


Stacy Abrams’ tireless work in Georgia and across the country requires the Democrats respect.

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Stacey Abrams, 2018. Image taken from Wiki Commons

With Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump, many Democrats are feeling elated. And rightly so, Trump’s administration deserves to fall in the most spectacular way possible. Many danced in the streets, trampling the ashes of Trump’s prejudicial administration. But let’s not kid ourselves. My fellow Democrats owe their Black constituents a lot. Despite being 13 percent of the population, Black voters are a massive voter base for Democrats. It would be safe to say that Democratic power resides with Black voters. However, very few Black people and activists are given due credit for their contributions to the Democrat party. Much less given the support, they need to gain their desired results. …


The Republican inclination to deny their past prevents them from evolving as a party.

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Barry Goldwater. Image taken from WikiCommons

With the recent eruption of Black Lives Matter protesters, many Americans are being forced to come to terms with the racist history of the United States and how that racist history affects us today. From Biden’s involvement with the 1984 crime bill, to Reagan’s racist commentary with then-President Richard Nixon, America is facing a moment of introspection that will affect America for generations to come. It is this deep, profound moment of reflection that makes or breaks a country. …


The modern social media landscape needs reform

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Image taken from Pixabay

I t was inevitable. For years, Google’s empire had been building itself up, growing more potent, and becoming an ever-present entity in American life. One couldn’t go a day without facing Google. But on Wednesday, that dynamic was faced with an unusual challenge, the Justice Department. Though dealing with controversies of its own, the Department took its shot at the social media giant via a lawsuit that accused the media giant of violating anti-trust law. And, I, for one, am thankful. It may seem odd for someone of my political persuasion to take shots at Google, or any social media company, as conservatives have used them as a boogeyman for years now, but that does not make Google worthy of my affection. Merely because Google is the target of the Right’s fury does not mean that my grievances disappear. …


Good history depends upon intellectual freedom and independence

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Image taken from Wiki Commons

O n Thursday, President Trump announced plans to create a committee dedicated to ending critical portrayals of American history, which he dubbed “The 1776 Committee.” To Trump and his ilk, Universities, Schools, and the like are indoctrinating students with ahistorical lies about American history that conceal and undermine the patriotic fervor they think should be present in American history classes. To them, this indoctrination requires legal action against universities and academics alike, with more restrictions on their ability to teach particular perspectives. Indeed, Senator Tom Cotton made similar boisterous claims about the 1619 project, threatening to withdraw funding from any school that used the project as a teaching resource. Such an inclination reveals a fundamental inability to understand how history works, much less consider the dangers of the federal government interfering in the free exercise of educational criticism. It is part of a broader attempt by the Right to misinterpret and misunderstand academia while at the same time insisting on inserting their dogma into the curriculum. …


Less than charitable uses of the phrase misconstrue the BLM movement, perhaps intentionally

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A meme that appeared on my feed.

I n these trying times, some, in their frustrated state, would try to simplify the world’s problems. Theirs is a simple understanding, and with that understanding, a simple world. There is no greater example of this desire for simplicity than is evident in how some react to the Black Lives Matter movement. Recently, I have come across a meme that is quite indicative of such a simplistic opinion. According to this opinion, to note that putting a racial connotation on the phrase’ lives matter’ is racist. Undoubtedly, the person who made this meme and those who agree with the opinion expressed in it see the words expressed by the BLM movement to be divisive and perhaps even disrespectful to White lives. …


School vouchers do more harm then good

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Education Secretary Betsy Devos at CPAC

O n November 23rd, 2016, then President-elect, Donald Trump, announced his selection for the Secretary of Education: a controversial proponent of school vouchers and private education, Betsy Devos. Devos, the former Chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and the American Federation for Children, was not new to controversy when it came to education policy. Indeed, her firm commitment to private education, school charters, and vouchers has made the current Secretary of Education a controversial figure, to say the least, putting much of her past in the spotlight for intense scrutiny. She was so contentious that it took Vice President Pence’s tie-breaking vote to secure her confirmation in the Senate. She has been a consistent supporter of Indiana’s charter school program, awarding the state $59 million to expand its program. All of this makes clear that Betsy Devos is the school choice movement’s inside woman; she is the one that they can call an ally. But much of her work is fundamentally misleading and dangerous and indicative of the broader failings of school choice policy. …


The recent testimony against Attorney General Barr merits further investigation

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Attorney General William Barr

S everal officials testified Judiciary Committee on June 24th, criticizing the Attorney General, William Barr, in clear and direct terms, raising questions about the Attorney General’s conduct in office. Former Prosecutor and Attorney for Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel, Aaron Zelinsky testified along with Former Deputy Attorney General, Donald Ayer, and John Elias, a member of the anti-trust division of the Justice Department. Ayer has been one of Attorney General Barr’s fiercest critics, calling for him to resign in an Atlantic piece in February. Ayer, however, is not merely some critic of Barr with an ax to grind. His tenure as Deputy Attorney General was under Former President George H. W. Bush, a president he has stated he was proud to serve. He has worked for the Justice Department for many years, and his words carry weight and significance, much like his fellow witnesses. It is precisely this direct testimony from a Republican that makes action against the current Attorney General so urgent, it confirms what we already knew, but it has the added weight of sworn testimony. If the rule of law is to be taken seriously in the near future, the testimony by these witnesses must be treated with the credibility they rightfully deserve. …

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Conor Kelly

Conor Kelly is a politics and history major currently enrolled at Loras College. His interests include history, media, politics, and writing.

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