Working People, Not The Stock Market, Are The Economy

COVID-19 has become a worldwide pandemic that has exposed the fragility and dysfunctional nature of the American capitalist system, a system that many Americans already knew was unsustainable. Even more so, it has exposed the system’s willingness to risk the lives and well-being of the working class in order to save the stock market, which…

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Why Political Views Matter: The Art Of Cutting People Off

Aren’t you two friends? Why would it matter when you’re dating? That doesn’t mean anything. A repeated cycle of worded ignorance that has run through my ears more times than I can count. It blows my mind why some people find it a difficult idea to take hold of. When I was a young elementary…

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My First Time Voting In 2020

I walked into the booth made up of foldable room dividers and glanced at the piece of paper in front of me. I was in first grade, participating in a mock 2008 presidential election. I checked the box next to Barack Obama without hesitation, and skipped away without even reading John McCain’s name. I recognized…

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Bridging Gender Pay Inequity: USWNT Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Soccer Federation

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, four-time World Cup champions and Olympic Gold Medal winners, filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation in March 2019 requesting a payment of $67 million dollars in reparations. 28 members on the team, listed as plaintiffs, are seeking equal pay with their male counterparts on the…

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Fitting In vs. Standing Out: Being Black In Predominantly White Schools

A few months ago, I had a problem. Not specifically my problem, of course, but I had heard about it and, as one does, I involved myself in this problem. After all, it was indirectly meant for me. It was a Friday evening either in late November or early December. I had opened my Snapchat…

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Where Are The Muslim Women?

The heated debates around Muslim women and their hijabs have only gained traction after waves of Islamophobia and racism continuously fueling them. On one side, we have adamant Muslims arguing about the beauty of the hijab and the inevitable blessings it would bring to its wearer; and on the other, racists and Islamophobes who harbor…

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Refusing To Label Attacks Against Muslims As Hate Crimes

After a long day of classes, I got on the bus to head back home. About halfway through my commute, I noticed some stares behind me, so I decided to take my earphones out and see for myself what everyone was looking at. It was a white male who was making a lot of noise,…

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The Bubble of Expat Privilege

My German and Chinese parents have always found it important for me to be culturally aware and open-minded. As a result, I am one of those lucky third-culture kids who got to spend the entirety of their primary and secondary education in bilingual and international schools.   It is a fair assumption that exposure to different…

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The Corporatization of Media and The Distortion of Political Reality

The media is driven by commercial bias, which is associated with advertisers who want to increase their profits. Aside from earning money, publications would be able to retrieve a diverse set of readers. Since journalism is a ‘dying’ industry, marketing and advertising are critical to media’s survival. Thus, readers would rather read celebrity or political…

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