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At least 13 U.S. troops and a hundred Afghans lost their lives August 29th, when the Kabul airport bombing attack occurred as the U.S. Forces were working to evacuate by the August 31st deadline. The assumed terrorist led Biden to make a public statement of “We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.” Now, after further investigation into who were the victims of the deadly retaliation bomb, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie...

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Poverty is not a result of there not being “enough” because there’s not enough to go around. But because “enough” through exploitation, consumerism, and capitalism to name a few,  has to leave someone with the short end of the stick. There has always been more than enough to go around to ensure the basic necessities of life for all. But through time, we’ve been conditioned through social systems to feel we are always to chase...

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What is the intention behind not making it a priority to incorporate social emotional curriculum in free, public institutions? If social emotional skills are essential to child development and strengthening one’s ability to foster healthy relationships, not only with others, but with self, then why is it not a necessary component in K-12 education? The most important stage of a person’s life, as it is when our brains are most malleable. I personally have never...

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Do American beauty standards uphold white supremacy? Do BIPOC struggle with body positivity because they truly believe something is wrong with their bodies, or is it that America is encapsulated in an exclusive standard of appearance? A standard that perpetuates supremacy and suppresses equality. A standard centered in European ideals and white presence. A standard that influences the beautiful, vast colors, shapes, and sizes that share and make the space of this nation to idolize...

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Food in the context of “Blackness” has become very political, as now many of us have the luxury of choosing our foods to various extents, unlike many of our ancestors. It’s become political through systemic racism, but also for the very fact that “Black food,” is still centered around what was given to us during slavery–not as a means to nourish our bodies, but a means to keep us alive to continue our duties. Overtime...

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How have the inequities in the workforce progressed? I interviewed a healthcare worker who has been a working civilian longer than I’ve been alive; curious if the systems have improved economic conditions for women of color, like herself.  “It’s actually gotten worse.”  Marnesha Hords, 48, expressed how the barriers she’s faced in work spaces throughout her life resembled that of former generations. Older generations, who she remembers advocating for the same equitable conditions demanded today. ...

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We are one day before the deadline of when the U.S. troops are proposed to be back from Kabul, Afghanistan. After 13 U.S. troops, and about 200 Afghans died in what was claimed to be a suicide bombing tactic last week, President Joe Biden announced he’d be publicly addressing the end of the 20 year war on Tuesday, August 31. It’s been mentioned that the last U.S. troops have made it back from Afghanistan as...

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Released by Rhode Island’s police department was the anticipated body camera footage revealing grueling content of abuse. The body camera footage was released just last week, and in the video the officers are seen repeatedly punching the suspected teenage boys (unidentified) while they were being restrained by another cop. They even proceeded to spit on the children during a pandemic crisis.  The event occurred following a police chase, after the teens were said to have...

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This past Wednesday, in the middle of the night, Antwan Gilmore, a young Black man at the age of 27, was shot dead in his car by D.C. police at the intersection of Florida and New York avenues. A bystander allegedly called the cops, stating that the victim was unconscious and stopped at a traffic light before the cops showed up. Mentioned in an interview, five cops arrived on the scene after an officer called...

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We know that schools are under stress financially. The pandemic has caused the school we ‘once knew’ to come to a stop. I can empathize with the idea that school administrators may be stressed right now, as they are the ones responsible for keeping the logistics underwraps. I can also offer compassion to the idea that private schools may be suffering most, figuring their finances aren’t supported by the state. But does this validate the...

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