McCain and the Aisle

We all know by now that Senator John McCain has passed away over the weekend. Every living US President has offered condolences to his family, including (finally) President Trump. His colleagues have issued statements of support for a man who many of them considered to be a friend, and the news cycle has been dominated by tales of his heroism and courage. His legacy as a world-class “maverick” is forever imprinted on the hearts of Americans. Read More…

“Or Even Worse, [Words] Can Teach Hate”

What’s interesting about the whole ordeal at the US-Mexico border is not only how it came to be, but the messaging that got us to this point. If it wasn’t so terrifying, I’d be impressed. Most people polled in the country are opposed to the way these Central Americans are being treated at our border, but 55% of Republicans support the policy of family separation, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. Read More…

Why I Don’t Care About Apu, but I Probably Should

Stereotypes are nothing new, but that doesn’t make them OK. They essentially paint caricatures of an entire group of people that’s meant to be an accurate, if hyperbolic, representation of that group. At best, they’re a fun way to poke fun at your friends who are presumably in on the joke with you. At worst, they can be used to justify warped perceptions of people, minimizing a complex individual down to a few pointed characterizations. Read More…

Marijuana Versus the US Government – Specifically, Jeff Sessions

There’s probably only a handful of 30-year olds who grew up in the US and have never smoked or otherwise consumed weed before, but I’m actually one of them. I’m not just saying that because my mother will read this, and I’m certainly not saying that I’ve never seen it or been around it. I don’t have anything against it, besides the fact that it smells pretty bad, but I’ve just never been inclined to try it.

That said, I’m quite pro-legalization. Read More…

The Trending Topics Bubble

The world is digital. People get their news from the Internet more than from the news, especially the younger generations. And newspapers are practically obsolete, at this point.

The news sources aren’t always the most trusted, though. Many people – not just millennials – admit to getting their news from social media. That includes things their friends have shared, but it also includes the trending headlines of the day. Read More…