Stories in The Swamp that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
How I Teach My Son (His)tory
My eldest is just old enough to understand the difference between him and the child sitting next to him. He's becoming vocal about what he sees and perceives as unfair and unjust while also voicing the need for, in his words, for everyone to just love each other everyday. Sadly, my goofy, beautiful, spirited child is also standing on the line, in what society normalizes, between cute innocent child and possible threat.
Bernie Sanders: Loses the Nomination, Wins the Internet
God bless America, land that I love. Land of the free, home of the brave, unhinged social media users that take a traditionally monumental occasion and add a little... spice.
Why Trump's Twitter Ban Is A Bad Idea
For some reason, unknown to probably everyone, Trump decided that his go-to way of communicating with the American people over the last 4 years would be Twitter. He fully embraced the medium and definitely became the first full on social media president.
Martin Luther King Jr and his impact within Europe
With Martin Luther King Day approaching (18/01/2021,) it is essential to remember all the good he created and inspired in others during his life. He was a man of significant influence, having the profound ability to entice his listeners and make them aware of all the injustices their own country was serving them. Before King came along and took hold of the civil rights movement, the topic was not often thought of, let alone spoken. King opened black Americans' eyes to the fact that they should not endure inequality, but stand up to it and demand equal rights. He also opened the eyes of white Americans who needed to know that segregation was unnecessary and cruel, that being white does not mean they can stand back and watch.
Trump’s “Go Home” Message to his MAGA Supporters was a War Cry
After president-elect Joe Biden called for the US President Donald Trump to go on national TV and denounce the attacks on the Capitol and Senate grounds, Trump responded by a one-minute video on Twitter. Twitter immediately disabled the reply, retweet, and sharing options for the video.
Alex Padillo and Deb Haland are helping change the face of American politics
When I was growing up, the president, Vice President and others in the White House were always white males. I never really gave it a thought until I saw Colin Powell and Condolrrxa Rice serving in the Bush administration as Head of the Joint Chiefs of Dtaff and Secretary of State. During the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, the focus was on equal rights for African Americans and these two certainly proved that progress had been made. When Barack Obama won the US presidency in 2008 and 2012, he made history as the first president of color as a biracial man.
The past four years as a black woman in America
This is my personal story and you don't have to agree. If you have not walked in my shoes you will never understand. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, I, along with other people of color, and the LBGTQ community felt a tightening in our chests. we braced ourselves for the worst and it came. My best friend said Trump would fire everyone as if he were still on The Apprentice and he did. I told her that racists would come out of the woodwork and they did. We both said The Donald would not be able to show himself presidential and he never did.
Why I've Donated All My Vocal Tips to BLM (And Why You Should Too)
I write this story having learned my father, a New Jersey ex-cop, and my uncle (both white, straight men in their 50's), used the n-word in casual conversation a few days ago. One man said it with an a at the end, the other with a hard r. I'm not quite sure of the context of the conversation. All I know is it had something to do with a joke my uncle told. For some warped reason, it was meant to be funny.
Voting Should Be the Last Thing You Do.
There is something amiss in the land of the free. Behind the cheery symbolism of hamburgers, baseball, and bald eagles lies something sinister and hidden. If you knock down the walls of suburban cookie-cutter homes, you may find that America is made up of cleverly designed props, decoys of political theatre.
Voting Is Your Most Important Right
In 2016, about 43% of eligible voters did not even bother to cast a ballot. How this could have changed the last 4 years, we will never know.
Lizzo, Telling It Like It Is
Lizzo is an American musician, originally from Detroit, Michigan. Lizzo's success was so swift that she was named Time Magazine's "Entertainer of the Year" in 2019 and her album " Cuz I Love You" made number four on the Billboard 200 list of most popular music in the United States. After her flute performance at the 2019 BET Awards, Lizzo received a standing ovation from the crowd, which included popular singer Rihanna. Lizzo's song "Good As Hell" became very popular last year, climbing up the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States. Lizzo is also a well-know exemplar of body positivity. In a Vice interview she said, " You can wake up and change many things about your appearance, but the inevitability of waking up in your own skin what unifies us."
The Running Faucet vs. The Leaky Faucet (The Slow Drip)
Being Black, at any given time, in any given country, on any given day, is usually in and of itself a trying experience for most (but not all) Black people. Whether it’s the constant microaggressions we face on a daily and continuous basis, the sometimes blatant racist attacks and remarks that are levied at us with complete disregard for our humanity or feelings, or the total lack of regard for our lives when encountering law enforcement and medical professionals, we live our lives knowing that in most cases we will be treated differently. We see it in the ways we are treated in other non-black POC’s grocery stores, taxi cabs and restaurants. We see it in our education systems and the ways Black children and communities in particular are not or poorly invested in. These disparities are not new or unique to the Black experience, no matter what country you live in. But there IS a difference in how they are displayed and the corresponding effects they have on our community as a whole.