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  • Sierra Ruiz
    Published about 3 hours ago
    Colonization and the Aftermath

    Colonization and the Aftermath

    Colonization is destructive and ignorant to the preexisting societies that is ruined for money and land. Colonization is rooted in racism, capitalism, and supremacy. Colonization affects poor and indigenous countries. Candide by Voltaire, Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai, and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe all paint pictures of the destruction of colonization from different perspectives. Candide has a colonialist perspective with Candide traveling all over the world, causing destruction with an optimistic attitude. Anita Desai sheds a light by telling the story of India after English colonialism and how it affected their society and schools. Achebe tells the story of a man as his village is invaded by white evangelicals on behalf of the colonizers.
  • Agnes Laurens
    Published about 22 hours ago
    Why Trump Needs To Lead His Country

    Why Trump Needs To Lead His Country

    The world is turning around at the moment. For months. And a lot of countries have been locked, or are still in lockdown, or are partially open. People still need to work from home, groceries are open but mouth or face masks are obligated in shops and groceries.
  • Mia Morales
    Published about 23 hours ago
    Save the Planet Wherever You Are

    Save the Planet Wherever You Are

    Saving energy saves the planet at the same time it saves your bank account. Whether you're looking to cut costs or looking to help reduce your carbon footprint, energy saving is a philosophy you can take with you wherever you go.
  • Katelind Sky
    Published a day ago
    12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    The DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria for a Narcissistic Personality Disorder, associated with the term sociopath, is a lack of empathy, with a grandiose sense of self-importance creating the ideology of superiority over others. This disorder is observed through an obvious lack of empathy or the unwillingness to identify with the feelings or needs of others, fantasies of success and power, as well as a sense of entitlement with unreasonable expectations and a need for automatic compliance. The defiance of any of these needs usually causes outbursts and they are often violent. In the movie 12 years a slave, it is hard to not see the correlation between the slave owners and sociopathic disorders. The quote “get some food and rest and you will soon forget about your children”, which shows dissociation between reality and the victim. This particular scene was after a woman had been bought and sold away from her children. The wife of the slave owner said this to her while she was weeping as if it were a valid way to comfort. It shows the deep rooted, and at the time socially acceptable, lack of empathy toward other human beings, it has been justified by the idea that because of the color of another skin they are not human; they are another incapable ignorant group of savages. Without empathy, there is no need to evaluate cruel behavior nor is there a reason to question social norms if it allows them to dominate others in order to fulfill their need for superiority.
  • Katelind Sky
    Published a day ago
    Economic Inequality

    Economic Inequality

    Money doesn’t solve your problems. At least that’s what people keep telling me, but is this true? Does money really not affect happiness, or is happiness not the point at all? It’s obvious that at certain levels money doesn’t affect our life satisfaction but it is also important to note that once bellow a specific level of income much more than happiness is influenced. According to the data received, money has a great deal to do with all four conditions specified. Though I cannot determine the statistical significance of the data fluctuations, I can observe many patterns that are involved with poverty level, educational environment and achievements. When comparing the averages of the five poorest schools and the five richest schools, the most concerning result is the inconsistency of the percent that pass reading curriculum.
  • Samantha Garcia
    Published a day ago
    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    I, Frederick Douglass, want to speak to all Millennials. I want to tell you all as growing up as a black man born into slavery that life has not been easy. The truth about slavery is horrible. There is so much knowledge that mankind just does not know. Slaves did not grow up to have an intelligent output. There are so many things that we did not know. We lacked information such as our own age, how to read and write, we did not know compassion and kindness. Even though we were victims of slavery and were not even treated as humans and less than dogs. The only thing that kept us fair-minded was being able to sing. Slaves were just a property that endured forced labor to do whatever our masters wanted us to do. We weren’t able to have knowledge of what we were capable of and were surrounded by depression and darkness itself. But, I want you to realize that life has it is bittersweet moments. That the Millennials can actually change society as a whole. Get rid of racial tension built up for centuries and learn to love each other. All I ask is please do not judge someone base on their bloodline and the appearance of the color of their skin.
Staff Picks
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 18 days ago
    
Congressman John Lewis Dies at Age 80: His Life by the Numbers

    Congressman John Lewis Dies at Age 80: His Life by the Numbers

    Congressman John Robert Lewis, an American politician and civil rights leader died of Stage IV pancreatic cancer on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the age of 80. He made the announcement about the disease in a statement on December 29, 2019.
  • Cheryl E Preston
    Published 22 days ago
    Washington Redskins rebranding brings racism against Native Americans to the forefront

    Washington Redskins rebranding brings racism against Native Americans to the forefront

    About five or six years ago, I mentioned to a family member that the name Washington Redskins was racist. He said he never thought of it that way and from that point, I began feeling uneasy whenever I saw the logo. I later spoke with my husband about it and said African Americans and Caucasians would never accept a team named “black skins” or “white skins”. I thought of the song from Disney cartoon version of Peter Pan, “ What makes the red man red?”
  • Sharon Wilfong
    Published 27 days ago
    How the Underground Railroad Inspired a Throughline for My Dystopian Sci-FI Story

    How the Underground Railroad Inspired a Throughline for My Dystopian Sci-FI Story

    Two years ago, I ventured into the world of freelance content writing fulltime. I uprooted my life in Seattle and moved to a beautiful place on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington, where I could live frugally, make art, and write.
  • malin evita
    Published about a month ago
    STOP Making Breonna Taylor's Death into a Meme | Here is What You Can Do to Actually Help Arresting the Cops that Killed Her.

    STOP Making Breonna Taylor's Death into a Meme | Here is What You Can Do to Actually Help Arresting the Cops that Killed Her.

    *100% of the earnings from reads on this article will be donated to the Loveland Foundation (read more about the organization at the end).
  • Nuriya Shoro
    Published about a month ago
    Where's the Money?

    Where's the Money?

    Back in October 2019, a video posted by an old school friend popped up on my Instagram feed. In this video, he was sat on the shoulders of another friend, leading chants in Lebanese asking, ‘Where’s the money?’, surrounded by a crowded street of protestors in London who were holding up Lebanese flags and banners. This school friend was Joseph El Kadi, a 23-year-old Lebanese student who is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Cambridge. My interest peaked when I saw the video, but with the pressures of work taking a toll and the lack of media attention surrounding the issues in Lebanon, I liked the video, pushed my interest in the video to the back of my mind, and kept scrolling.
  • Emma Curzon
    Published about a month ago
    Dear Fellow White Women: Want to Smash the Patriarchy? Stand Against Racism

    Dear Fellow White Women: Want to Smash the Patriarchy? Stand Against Racism

    When Emma Stone, at the 2018 Oscars, referred to the Best Director nominees as 'these four men and Greta Gerwig', she was met with a mixture of praise and heavy criticism- and it wasn't from misgoynists. Sure, the actress was right to call out the ridiculously low number of female nominees- but she was swiftly criticised for ignoring the fact that "these four men" included a Latino man (Guillermo Del Toro) and a black one (Jordan Peele). Men of colour, as Stone's critcs pointed out, don't exactly get everything handed to them. Why should they- along with women of colour- celebrate one wealthy white woman for cheering on another wealthy white women, ignoring their experiences, and calling it feminism? (Plus, no-one's forgotten Aloha.)
Featured Collections
Activism
  • John Anderson
    Published 3 days ago
    Canada to ban single-use plastics by 2021

    Canada to ban single-use plastics by 2021

    Bags, bottles and other single-use plastic items will be banned in Canada starting in 2021.
  • Dee Bradley
    Published 5 days ago
    Charities to Support That Desperately NEED Your Help!

    Charities to Support That Desperately NEED Your Help!

    These charities range from women, people of color, low-income housing with children, and the elderly. It's aiming towards the people who have been hit the hardest during this pandemic. Now in no way is this supposed to be political, but in America, we are struggling harder than most countries right now. So I thought I would write this up to remind everyone that there are still people that need our help!
  • Grace Hazzard
    Published 5 days ago
    GiveDirectly:  How They Promote Change with Cash

    GiveDirectly: How They Promote Change with Cash

    How do we promote change? How do we promote change on a global scale? Especially when it comes to something as ambiguous yet dynamic as poverty. Countries have researched the general sources of global extreme poverty in their nations, but for individuals, day to day distinctive issues can be harder to aid.
Celebrities
  • John Anderson
    Published 15 days ago
    Greta Thunberg gives €1m award money to climate groups

    Greta Thunberg gives €1m award money to climate groups

    The first donations of the Swedish activist have benefited a campaign to fight the coronavirus in the Brazilian Amazon and a lobby that seeks to judge the 'ecocide' in The Hague
  • jmaw
    Published 15 days ago
    Kanye West Deserves Your Vote

    Kanye West Deserves Your Vote

    As if 2020 couldn't get any more bananas, Kanye West is running for President. And while the ship on his campaign may have already been run ashore before it even had the chance to cast its glorious sail, you should consider voting for Kanye.
  • Tate Devonald
    Published 27 days ago
    Commentary: The Birthday Party is an American Tragedy

    Commentary: The Birthday Party is an American Tragedy

    When Kayne West stated that he was going to run for President in 2020 in a cryptic tweet, I thought that it was just another publicity stunt. Still, I diligently analysed every word, combing through for any hint about his policy platform. ‘[T]rusting God’? Perhaps he’s running on a religious fundamentalist platform. ‘[U]nifying our vision’? Proposing an end to the bi-partisan system, perhaps. ‘[B]uilding our future’? The usual buzzwords around education, or is Ye considering trying to cause a tech industry boom? Or perhaps it’s an allusion to environmentalism, aiming to plant more trees.
Congress
Controversies
  • Katelind Sky
    Published a day ago
    12 Years a Slave

    12 Years a Slave

    The DSM-IV and DSM-5 criteria for a Narcissistic Personality Disorder, associated with the term sociopath, is a lack of empathy, with a grandiose sense of self-importance creating the ideology of superiority over others. This disorder is observed through an obvious lack of empathy or the unwillingness to identify with the feelings or needs of others, fantasies of success and power, as well as a sense of entitlement with unreasonable expectations and a need for automatic compliance. The defiance of any of these needs usually causes outbursts and they are often violent. In the movie 12 years a slave, it is hard to not see the correlation between the slave owners and sociopathic disorders. The quote “get some food and rest and you will soon forget about your children”, which shows dissociation between reality and the victim. This particular scene was after a woman had been bought and sold away from her children. The wife of the slave owner said this to her while she was weeping as if it were a valid way to comfort. It shows the deep rooted, and at the time socially acceptable, lack of empathy toward other human beings, it has been justified by the idea that because of the color of another skin they are not human; they are another incapable ignorant group of savages. Without empathy, there is no need to evaluate cruel behavior nor is there a reason to question social norms if it allows them to dominate others in order to fulfill their need for superiority.
  • Katelind Sky
    Published a day ago
    Economic Inequality

    Economic Inequality

    Money doesn’t solve your problems. At least that’s what people keep telling me, but is this true? Does money really not affect happiness, or is happiness not the point at all? It’s obvious that at certain levels money doesn’t affect our life satisfaction but it is also important to note that once bellow a specific level of income much more than happiness is influenced. According to the data received, money has a great deal to do with all four conditions specified. Though I cannot determine the statistical significance of the data fluctuations, I can observe many patterns that are involved with poverty level, educational environment and achievements. When comparing the averages of the five poorest schools and the five richest schools, the most concerning result is the inconsistency of the percent that pass reading curriculum.
  • Alexis Childress
    Published 6 days ago
    What Do You Know About Black Girl's Hair?

    What Do You Know About Black Girl's Hair?

    It felt like a record scratch when Sarah abruptly asked me if she could touch my hair. She gawked at me as though I were an exotic zoo animal, and the tone in her voice stung with an antagonizing fascination.
Corruption
Defense
  • Vidello Productions
    Published 3 months ago
    25 Ways North Korea Could Wipe Out South Korea
  • Skyler Sneathen
    Published 7 months ago
    What Is There To Gain From War with Iran?

    What Is There To Gain From War with Iran?

    To date over 6,000 Americans have died due to our blundering in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In the Vietnam War we lost over 58,000 Americans and what for? What have these wars brought to the American people I ask you? We are still in Afghanistan and Iraq. Vietnam was a complete failure and what is interesting is all of these wars never had a clear goal or mission in mind. I must ask what is our mission in Iran, if it begets war.
  • TheWarBlog
    Published 11 months ago
    From an Intelligence Perspective, Was 9/11 Avoidable?

    From an Intelligence Perspective, Was 9/11 Avoidable?

    The attacks on the World Trade Centre and on the Pentagon had a lasting effect on the world which we still see to this day. The events that had taken place on September 11, 2001, was quoted by many as the event that had ‘changed everything.' The attacks had caused many changes to happen in many aspects around the world and changed many attitudes as to how to cope and deal with terrorism. It had caused conflicts to begin in Afghanistan and Iraq, with many nations around the world rushing to America’s aid to deal with those that had caused 9/11. Security was increased drastically to try and prevent anything on this magnitude to ever be able to happen again. The biggest change to have come from the attacks was surely the intelligence services.
History
  • Sierra Ruiz
    Published about 3 hours ago
    Colonization and the Aftermath

    Colonization and the Aftermath

    Colonization is destructive and ignorant to the preexisting societies that is ruined for money and land. Colonization is rooted in racism, capitalism, and supremacy. Colonization affects poor and indigenous countries. Candide by Voltaire, Clear Light of Day by Anita Desai, and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe all paint pictures of the destruction of colonization from different perspectives. Candide has a colonialist perspective with Candide traveling all over the world, causing destruction with an optimistic attitude. Anita Desai sheds a light by telling the story of India after English colonialism and how it affected their society and schools. Achebe tells the story of a man as his village is invaded by white evangelicals on behalf of the colonizers.
  • Catherine Agati
    Published 3 days ago
    Three Kingdoms, Three Husbands and One Head.

    Three Kingdoms, Three Husbands and One Head.

    Mary Queen of Scots, or one could also call her Mary Queen of Tragedy. No tragic Shakespeare play could ever capture nor come close to the horrible events that befell this woman. Made queen at only six days old and then to be swept away from her home at five, off to France never retuning to Scotland till she was eighteen which did not help her establish a true home. Family was ether died, astringed, or thought she was trying to kill them. Religious uproar from nobles rioting and murder plots had her in fear for her life. Life never seemed easy for the young queen. She had three husbands, one made her Queen of France, another joined her at the throne in Scotland and the last would have liked to have seen her take the English throne. Pulled in so many different directions her whole life it is amazing the naive, yet strong Mary didn’t lose her head before someone took it against her will.
  • Simone
    Published 5 days ago
    ANNE BOLEYN AND HENRY THE EIGHT: JAY-Z AND BEYONCE OF MODERN HISTORY ...
Humanity
  • EDB
    Published 2 days ago
    BLIND & GOING CRAZY

    BLIND & GOING CRAZY

    Monday August the 17th, 2020. Just a few weeks from now. Seventeen Days, four hundred and eight hours, OR twenty four thousand four hundred and eighty minuets, OR one million four hundred sixty eight thousand, eight hundred eighty second, just in case someone is counting UNTIL we as a nation will OFFICIALLY in a unusual way, begin the process of selecting the next president of these states United.
  • Elizabeth 'Wild' Roberts
    Published 4 days ago
    Life Is, Not Always As It Seems

    Life Is, Not Always As It Seems

    Imagine living in a country where you never know when you wake up, whether or not you will have running water to have a shower, to wash your hands, to flush the toilet or to wash up the dirty dishes left in the sink from last night.
  • J.T. Wellington
    Published 11 days ago
    Speaking from the Margin

    Speaking from the Margin

    Every day I get a visit from my past. No lie. Every. Day. The visit is not from a childhood friend or classmate; like that scene in a movie where the foggy mist gives a hint the person is somebody from the past or someone from the future visiting the present to give a warning about some major life event.
Legislation
  • Darcy Murdock
    Published 3 days ago
    Peoples

    Peoples

    Peoples in my opinion: Darcy Murdock
  • John Anderson
    Published 7 days ago
    Costa Rica without plastic or carbon emissions in 2021

    Costa Rica without plastic or carbon emissions in 2021

    "Costa Rica will soon be free of plastic and carbon emissions", several articles state very exaggeratedly, even if the Central American country has indeed put in place measures to fight against single-use plastics as well as to reduce its emissions of carbon.
  • Ram Arora
    Published 22 days ago
    Different Types of Immigration Visas for New Zealand

    Different Types of Immigration Visas for New Zealand

    While immigrating to a country like New Zealand, you must choose the right type of visa for that. And your visa greatly depends on your New Zealand immigration plans. It is suggested to compare the different options offered by the Government of New Zealand to find the best one for you. However, you must note down that the visa policies of this country are quite complex. So, to make sure that you are on the right track, it is good to consult with a licensed and experienced New Zealand immigration consultant to confirm your best fit option for getting the visa that will be mandatory for your stay in the country.
List
  • Imabong Faminu
    Published 17 days ago
    2020

    2020

    So it was that in the year of our Lord Two thousand and twenty that the world was hit by a great fiendish plague of untold magnitude that spread to all corners of the world bringing disease, dis-ease, malaise, pain, sorrow, and confusion. Like a great whirlwind, it swept through the world - upending countries, governments, communities, education, and life, leaving death, tears, and confusion in its wake. 
  • Claire B. Curley
    Published 2 months ago
    5 Anti-Racist Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

    5 Anti-Racist Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

    A couple weeks ago, I published an article recommending my favorite wellness podcasts. Since then, it has come to my attention that the woman behind one of the podcasts, Jen Gotch, curated a culture of racism at her company ban.do. In an effort to provide folks, especially white folks, an alternative that is rooted in dismantling white supremacy and supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement, I am offering an updated set of recommendations centered on anti-racism work.
  • Bryana Fern
    Published 2 months ago
    A Reading List for #BlackoutTuesday

    A Reading List for #BlackoutTuesday

    Like so many across the nation, I have been lost this week. Lost in hurt and anger and confusion for so many of my friends. I must begin by acknowledging my privilege. I am a white woman of middle-class. I have never been pulled over with the fear, This is how I die.
Politicians
  • Matthew Primous
    Published 10 days ago
    Washington's Lesson

    Washington's Lesson

    There was a story about General Washington when his troops were just trained for the Revolutionary War. In the event of their graduation as military troops, Washington would have them watched the play about the man, the Roman Senator who made Emperor Caesar. The play, Cato, would show all the lengths of knowledge that the senator possessed and how he could easily persuade the Roman Senate to listen to Caesar. Cato was a longtime serving senator who could not gain enough popularity to become emperor even though he had all the knowledge and leadership skills. Roman was possessed with Caesar's divisiveness and military prowess. For example, Cato created the first easy to vote system so Romans could vote easier and support his campaign. He tried numerous times to be Emperor but failed to Julius Caesar. Caesar was a magnate and center character, too hard of an opponent to defeat. Cato's ultimate fall was that he placed his trust into the hands of the dictatorship of Caesar. Cato would cover all the misdoings of Caesar and plotted with Caesar to control the Roman Senate until finally, he could not take it anymore. He died in what they identified as a suicide yet the facts remain a mystery. However, this completed the downfall of Caesar because he could no longer control the Senate and the Romans were distraught over his terms of peace and Cato's end made the Senate fear the power of Caesar and the Senate tried to honor Cato with a coin and his invention but it was too late. Eventually, the Roman Dictator's end was on its eve.
  • Jide Okonjo
    Published 15 days ago
    Regina Daniels Might Be The First Lady Come 2023 Election
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 18 days ago
    
Congressman John Lewis Dies at Age 80: His Life by the Numbers

    Congressman John Lewis Dies at Age 80: His Life by the Numbers

    Congressman John Robert Lewis, an American politician and civil rights leader died of Stage IV pancreatic cancer on Friday, July 17, 2020, at the age of 80. He made the announcement about the disease in a statement on December 29, 2019.
Politics
  • Tim Bryce
    Published 2 days ago
    How do the Democrats manage?
  • Cheryl E Preston
    Published 4 days ago
    Growing number of Black Americans say white associates  have been exhibiting racism since Trump was elected

    Growing number of Black Americans say white associates have been exhibiting racism since Trump was elected

    A disturbing trend is taking hold in America that is leaving a lot of Black people stunned. They are finding that White friends, coworkers, neighbors, and those in their faith based communities etc. have become openly racist since Donald Trump was elected in 2016. Those who support the president say this is obsured and that people need to stop blaming number 45 for everything. The truth is, Black folk can’t help but discuss what they are experiencing. We have all heard the stories of the “Karen’s” who have been calling the police on African Americans for no reason. We have seen the video’s of random police brutality but what is happening now is personal.
  • Everyone's Party
    Published 4 days ago
    Corrupt, Slow and Sluggish

    Corrupt, Slow and Sluggish

    Witnessing the recent events of 2020, we have to ask ourselves, how did we let our government become this way? How did we manage to let them destroy our civil liberties, destroy our economy, dig us a pit of debt, get caught up in scandal after scandal, get away with it, and still somehow call this "progress?" How did we let centuries and centuries of historical data go ignored as we once again subscribed to a national-socialist agenda?
Pop Culture
  • Tom Guyton-Day
    Published 26 days ago
    BBC - my love hate relationship

    BBC - my love hate relationship

    I'm what you might call a long standing suffering defender of the BBC, having grown up watching all sorts of BBC produced television and radio and being spoon fed a daily dose of BBC News Online (it being forever the main source of news for the family). I've watched a copious number of superb documentaries and read incredibly insightful feature pieces, got angry over Brexit, and tweeted numerous times over stupid people on Question Time.
  • Margaret Minnicks
    Published 5 months ago
    Princess Beatrice Will Receive a Special Title After Marriage

    Princess Beatrice Will Receive a Special Title After Marriage

    When Princess Beatrice gets married on May 29, 2020, she will get a new title. Her sister Princess Eugenie did not get a similar title when she got married on October 12, 2018. There is a reason Princess Beatrice is getting a special title. The reason she is getting that title after her marriage explains why her sister Princess Eugenie did not inherit the same title.
  • Buyer Fatin
    Published 5 months ago
    Coronavirus, first victim in the US, Trump: 'probable new cases'

    Coronavirus, first victim in the US, Trump: 'probable new cases'

    There are now almost 3,000 coronavirus deaths worldwide. And America also records the first death in Washington state. The victim was a woman in her 50s. It had arrived, the US media reported, with "serious breathing problems" at EvergreenHealth hospital in Kirkland, Washington. It is not clear yet when the patient was hospitalized, when the symptoms first appeared and how long it took to get tested.
Trump
  • Agnes Laurens
    Published about 22 hours ago
    Why Trump Needs To Lead His Country

    Why Trump Needs To Lead His Country

    The world is turning around at the moment. For months. And a lot of countries have been locked, or are still in lockdown, or are partially open. People still need to work from home, groceries are open but mouth or face masks are obligated in shops and groceries.
  • Wade Wainio
    Published 2 days ago
    Part of Trump's Problem:  Sizzle vs. Steak (Marketing)

    Part of Trump's Problem: Sizzle vs. Steak (Marketing)

    Let's discuss the floundering Trump empire (Trumpire?), and why not start with this TikTok crap? I will attempt to demonstrate how one of Trump's problems is that he sucks at marketing.
  • Frances Taylor
    Published 6 days ago
    Trump warns that black mobs will invade the suburbs

    Trump warns that black mobs will invade the suburbs

    Black Live Matter activists, anarchists, and Antifa members are coming for you, the president said, in a message to “The Suburban Housewives of America.''