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Isn't That Your Job?
While I sit at home and contemplate my life, as I’ve had ample time to do this past year, I’m reminded of my first semester at Simon Fraser University. Back then I was 19, bright-eyed and blissfully unaware that I would be completing my university studies from the comfort of my living room. My first class at Simon Fraser was Criminology 135: Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions and my professor was a stern man who had once been the Attorney General. I loved it. So much so that I began doing things like drinking coffee and pulling all-nighters to ensure that I performed well because, like everyone says, “college is where it really counts”.
Richard Dawkins Has Been Cancelled...Again
Richard Dawkins is, indeed, a polarizing figure. He is hated by many theists and even atheists. He has been called arrogant, mean, and rude. But, when it comes to evolutionary biology, he is one of the best out there at being able to lay out his arguments and evidence in a way that the average person can easily understand and appreciate. He is also a leader when it comes to atheism and challenging religious dogma and has inspired many atheists to come out of the closet, as it were.
Why Calling a Black Person an ''Oreo'' Is Offensive
They said I was Black on the outside, white on the inside. Black but not too black, a perfectly poised token for you to blindly glorify me as. The term ''Oreo'' was assigned to me and lingered on my mind for years. Some may think it's a compliment, when in fact it showcases society's narrow and monolithic view of Black people.
My Step-Sister or George Floyd?
In the early 2000's, one of my blue-eyed, blonde-haired, white step-sisters had multiple warrants out for her arrest for check forgery. She's been in and out of trouble for most of her life and also has a history of drug abuse and being defiant with authority figures. I've been reminded of it in the past year, especially as she and her dad are babbling about something they've heard on Fox News.
All the Meaningless Zeroes
Today, in its first budget for over two years, the Government of Canada posted a deficit surpassing 100% of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
You Are Part of the Problem
I have a few things to say here, and I’m not sorry. This stuff is really bugging me; the cognitive dissonance is strong (and I don’t know why it’s not the same for those of you for whom this applies). Holding such starkly opposing views so strongly should cause cognitive dissonance... and if it doesn’t, there’s some work you need to do. There are a lot more examples than just those listed here, and I’m sorry if I missed yours, but writing all these out is depressing.
The Jim Crow Shtick
BRYCE ON POLITICS - It's a tired old game. When it comes to voting reform, Democrats gleefully point at their pending H.R.1 "For the People" Act which they claim will make voting accessible to more people, most of whom are illegal aliens. When the Republicans push for voter reform, such as what was recently implemented in Georgia, the Democrats accuse them of implementing racially designed "Jim Crow" laws. Even President Biden called the Georgia law, "Jim Crow in the 21st Century," as well as many other Democrats and left-leaning media personnel.
9 ways to make your political tweets go viral
Twitter has been the home for political debate since its launch in 2006, but we only witnessed its true potential for social change with the rise of #BlackLivesMatter. This started by protesting the death of teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, but has since grown to become a worldwide movement.
Why You Should Stop Whitesplaining Racism Now
Imagine someone correcting you on your own emotions and lived experiences. Denying you of your own feelings, making you feel as though you are in the wrong. They twist your words, jumble them up and tell you that you're ''too sensitive'' and ''taking things too far'', all on the basis of something they've never had to deal with: racism.
The 4 Prominent Layers of Racism
Most people understand racism by looking at it from just one angle and through a narrow lens. Racism is often understood as being an expression of a system of oppression which has its roots in a history of power and the subordination of ”non-white” groups.
Bryan Watch: April 2021
After a three week hiatus, the House of Representatives was back last week. There were 23 votes, but only seven (7) of them were party line votes. Rep. Steil voted with the Republicans on all seven of them. As usual, Republicans voted en masse against considering HR 7, the Paycheck Fairness Act and HR 1195, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. (RC 102 and 103, April 14)
What Would I Say To Our Country? We Must Do Better!
America, it's time to do three things. Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim! The words can mean many things. They are by themselves verbs, or transitive verbs if you wanted to get technical. They’re also when put together, a mission statement for anyone that has suffered a failure, a loss, or fallen on hard times. Let’s face facts. In today’s world, we now need more strength than at any time in recent history. We’re all going to suffer from the rapidly changing universe we live in and our lives will inevitably be affected by the sudden change in both our immediate world, our communities, our country, and unfortunately, I do believe our planet.