The Truth Behind U.S. and Canadian Indigenous Boarding Schools
Content warning: murder, colonialization, genocide, and physical, mental, and sexual abuse In May of 2021, it was announced that over 200 bodies were found in unmarked graves on the property of The Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada or more accurately, on the traditional territory of the Secwepemc. Established in 1890, it was considered one of the largest residential schools in Canada, peaking at 500 students in the 1950s. It was first established as an acculturating Indigenous school. But the school finally closed in 1978.
Why We Owe Pride Month to Transgender People of Color
Pride Month is something I’ve noticed for years when growing up. It was something I was so enamored with and in awe of. Watching my family members who were openly out, celebrating their true selves, made me appreciate the significance of the month even more. However, it wasn’t until years later that my appreciation grew.
Critical Race Theory: A Former Tennessee Teacher Responds to New State Legislation
Critical Race Theory. The latest newly politicized buzzword has become a polarizing topic in politics and education circles across the U.S. Touted by many academics, activists, and professional teachers as a valuable lens through which to analyze legal, political, and historical topics but widely derided by the conservative right as an inaccurate portrayal of history, today I will examine the basics of critical race theory, explain how this method comes into play in K-12 classrooms today, and argue against legislation currently awaiting the governor's signature in my home state of Tennessee.
Can Writers Be Apolitical?
Short answer: no. No, they cannot. Long answer: it's a little more complicated than that. I find discussions of politics to be incredibly fascinating. Maybe it's because I study in a program heavily based on politics and write about current affairs every day. Growing up, I was privy to a phrase that rings in my ears to this day. Three things you never talk about: money, politics and religion. I have to say, even as a child, I thought this was a weird turn of phrase. On the smörgåsbord of interesting conversational topics, why is politics off limit? What about politics triggers our delicate sensibilities and makes such topics untenable?
''Blackfishing" Is The Modern Day Version Of Blackface
We are living in an age where non-black people are using a modern form of blackface that enables them to get opportunities because of this “Black Aesthetic.” However, black women struggle to get the same opportunities that people who blackfish do.
The One Thing I Love The Most About Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris is a phenomenal woman. She is not only beautiful, inspirational, accomplished, bold and strong, she is also a mover and shaker in her fields of endeavour. Women and little girls from all over the world are in awe and are looking up to her.
It all started with a tweet...or several. I have always had lots of things to say, even when I didn't have the right words or delivery. My mom saying "That may be true, Tiffany, but you can't just say it like that. The tact you need will come with age," still plays in my head as loudly as your favorite song on the radio. I have developed that tact, but it didn't quiet my voice.
Giving a Voice to the True Americans
When native lands were invaded by foreign Europeans in the 1700s, the people who lived upon those areas were quick to take action. Battles were fought; blood was shed. This may sound like the start of a very interesting movie, but as we all know, it is history. Native Americans were driven away from their homes to designated areas the government had “given” to them. Yes, given. After taking their homes and forcing them to walk miles upon miles chained up, they decided compensation would be provided by giving them land. This type of mistreatment was not uncommon back then, and it is not uncommon nowadays, either. Native people are just like you and I. They have the same hopes, dreams, and feelings as you do, but they are still being treated otherwise. That is the issue. The general public wants to believe reservation life is great, but unless you are there, you will never know the struggles the people face every day. Since living conditions, schools systems, and healthcare are severely flawed on reservations, more must be done to finally end the injustice Native Americans receive in the United States..
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American Policing after MAGA
I began my career as a freelance writer in 2014. As a political conservative, my initial work featured political news and opinion articles for right-wing and alt-right news media platforms.
Political Double Standards
On October 1st, 2021, Gladys Berejiklein resigned as Premier of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state. The resignation was unexpected, to say the least, coming just days before New South Wales began to lift restrictions after three months in Lockdown after an outbreak of the Delta COVID-19 Variant. Hours later, the action was explained by an announcement that ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) had launched an investigation into the Premier's actions three years ago, revealed by the ICAC investigation into former Senator Darryl McGuire. The public reason was that Gladys was sticking to her own principles, having previously been quoted that any Politician under investigation for corruption should step down.
INTRODUCTION If you have been paying close attention to the development of COVID-19 since the first report from Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019, then you know how quickly it grew around the rest of the world and the impacts it has had economically speaking. COVID-19 was dubbed a hoax by the republican parties President Donald Trump. As the spread of COVID-19 was ignored in 2020, there were many things that developed as a result.
Our Future vs. Neoliberalism
By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies In country after country around the world, people are rising up to challenge entrenched, failing neoliberal political and economic systems, with mixed but sometimes promising results.
Propaganda and the Political Cartoon
A good case can be made that the political cartoon, by its very nature, is a form of propaganda. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though propaganda as generally understood has negative connotations. René Welleck in his Theory of Literature argues that
Income Inequality in India
Income inequality in simple terms means unequal distribution of income and wealth among the citizens of the country. In India it has been there and it has grown over the years to what is now. And in the recent years it has taken a significant upturn. The Gini Index of India (a measure of income distribution of inequality) is 35.7 in 2021 and it was 35.2 in 2011. Currently, the richest 1 percent of India holds more than four times the wealth of 953 million people who make up for the bottom 70 percent of the country’s population. Another astonishing fact is, in the year 2019, the total wealth of all Indian billionaires (63) combined was more than the union budget of the year 2018-19. Currently in 2021 there are 179 billionaires in India. Its astonishing how a country as poor as India has so many wealthy people. In 2000, according to Credit Suisse data the richest 1% owed 36.8% of the country’s wealth and it kept on increasing. In 2016, the richest 1% of India owed over 50% of the country’s wealth. Quite evident that over the years income inequality has kept on increasing. The richest individuals have steadily kept on increasing their share of the pie. The combined individual wealth of India makes it among the 10 richest countries in the world but in reality the majority of the population is relatively poor. Thus showing the extent of inequality of income and wealth. On regular basis, thousands of Indians fail to eat a proper meal three times a day. The Global Hunger Index 2020 ranks India at 94 out of 107 countries. According to recent Global hunger index India ranks lower than Pakistan. Over the years it’s simply the case the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer.
Missing Information in the world of Mis-Information
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White Supremacy Is Running Rampant in This Country
The United States of America: The Land of the Free, right? At least that's what most people call it. I call it The Land of the Free for the Rich, Wealthy, White Men because they seem to have their fingers wrapped around so much cash they don't know what to do with it anymore, and they continue to hold many down in the process.
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