How soon Americans forget about gun violence
In the year 2022, in the country of the United States of America, 10 Black people were killed in a racially motivated gunman attack at a Buffalo supermarket, and 10 days later, 19 children and two educators were murdered by a gunman at a school in Texas–some mourned, some took action, and then much of […]
Legalizing marijuana doesn’t erase systemic racism
As the legalization of marijuana continues to increase amongst many states in the U.S, it is time to take a closer look at the war on drugs, specifically marijuana laws and charges that impact historically marginalized communities. By Candis Caldwell While the narratives and connotations around marijuana have shifted throughout the years, Black […]
Police no longer trusted to make routine traffic stops
Philadelphia City Council voted 14-2 to approve the Driving Equality Bill, an ordinance prohibiting police from stopping drivers for minor traffic violations, which was signed into law by Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (Oct. 2021). By Shayler Richmond Across America, Black people are being shot and killed by the police at rates reaching […]
Black millennials using spirituality to reclaim religion
Black American culture has been heavily influenced by Christianity, but in this era of consciousness, many Black Americans are becoming more spiritual and distancing themselves from the long-established parameters set by some religions (2021). By Candis Caldwell For generations the Black church has been instrumental to the creation and maintenance of Black culture […]
Will Americans’ right to vote live or die on Capitol Hill?
The Capitol Hill arrests of a small group of protesters led by Black women brought about a strategy meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris (Jul. 2021), however, this wasn’t the Biden administration’s first meeting with voting rights advocates and political action will continue because the voting rights of Americans are in jeopardy. By Shayler […]
It’s not only drugs — Black athletes are suspended from Olympic games for their DNA.
The wide-ranging suspensions of Black athletes from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics are in line with the international multi-sport event’s lengthy history of punishments. By Antonio Cooper The 2021 Olympic games are facing criticism following a series of disciplinary actions targeting Black athletes; these actions include culturally biased suspensions for Black women with higher […]
Fentanyl’s deadly contribution to America’s criminalized drug culture
There is a silent drug crisis in America, which escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic as illegal production of the synthetic opioid called fentanyl caused a spike in overdose deaths throughout the country. By Antonio Cooper Illegally made drugs sold through illicit drug markets created the current epidemic of Fentanyl overdoses.
Defunding the police means reallocating funds
By Antonio Cooper The proper way to defund the police is through reallocating and redirecting funding away from the police department to other local taxpayer-funded Government agencies. “Defund the police” is both a slogan and a talking point among protests across the country. Emerging from the unjust killing of George Floyd, the idea […]
America’s crisis management has excluded systemic oppression
By Shayler Richmond Following the police killing of over 100 Black people in the first four months of his presidency, and the American COVID-19 death toll reaching almost 600,000 people, President Joe Biden addressed a COVID-safe Congress. Despite America’s inability to move on behalf of equity for Black people, President Biden said “America […]
Black people’s distrust in the COVID-19 vaccine stems from racism
By Antonio Cooper Black people’s reasoning for not trusting the COVID-19 vaccine is rooted in the medical field’s history of racism and past experimentation on Black people. Historically Black people have been subjected to wrongful experimentation, harmful disregard, and blatant disrespect within the medical profession. So when a COVID-19 vaccine was created Dec. 2020, […]
Food deserts continue to put Black communities at-risk
Food deserts disproportionately deteriorate the health of Black communities due to the deficiencies in access to affordable healthy food options caused by this layered inequality. By Antonio Cooper Many Black neighborhoods in America have every available food option besides the food that will help keep them alive. Black people constantly see their communities […]
Mass shootings are an American issue
By Dalila Da Silva Lopes For the second time in less than a week, America has experienced another gunman’s deadly rampage. Mass killings are defined as four or more dead, not including the shooter if they are killed — Monday’s attack in Boulder, Colorado at King Soopers, a local supermarket, was the 103rd […]