Category : Politics

Expectations for Our Nation’s New Top Doc

After what seemed like forever, the wait is now over. The long delayed confirmation of Dr. Vivek Murthy as our nation’s next surgeon general has shown that there can be life after death, and ushers in an opportunity to refocus…

0 Comments / 248 View / December 31, 2014

The Point in The Debate of The Police vs. The Public That People Aren’t Seeing

This past weekend two police officers were shot and killed in their police car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York by a shooter identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley (28). He then shot himself after attacking the officers, and died…

1 Comment / 1043 View / December 24, 2014

The View from the Cheap Seats: On Harlem Churches

At 10 AM on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I attended service at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, in Harlem. Arriving half an hour before the service began, it jarred me to find a line stretching down the block. I stood…

0 Comments / 311 View / December 16, 2014

Do Whites Have a Say in Ferguson?

I’ve never given much thought to having a black roommate. Not until a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri didn’t indict Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown.  Not until my half white and British, half black and Ugandan roommate…

0 Comments / 346 View / December 14, 2014

Do We Aspire To Democracy, Or Is Democracy Something We Can Achieve?

For thousands of years, philosophers and scholars have tried to give us a definition of democracy. Some argue that it can only exist on paper; it is a perfect philosophy that cannot be implemented, like communist ideals. Some, however, feel…

1 Comment / 731 View / December 14, 2014

Hundreds of Protesters Continue to Rally After Ferguson Decision

On November 24th, it was announced that there will be no charges brought against Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot 18 year old Michael Brown. The case has become a national source of contention and debate, with many…

0 Comments / 184 View / November 30, 2014

Columbia’s Investment in GEO Group Isn’t Its Only Contribution to the Prison Industrial Complex

In 2013, a student group at Columbia University made a startling discover relating to the college’s investment portfolio: the management wing of the institution had been pouring millions of dollars into GEO Group, CCA, and G4S, some of the world’s largest…

0 Comments / 206 View / November 30, 2014

Rape: One of the Most Terrifying Words of the Human Language

No one wants to hear the phrase “I was raped,” or “I know someone who was raped,” come out of their mouths because no one wants to be another victim.  Rape truly has become an epidemic across this country that…

0 Comments / 2509 View / November 25, 2014

Rethinking Darren Wilson’s Indictment Process, Racism in America, and Constructive Change

A few hours ago, a grand jury decided that there was not “probable cause” to indict Darren Wilson in the murder of Michael Brown, who he fatally shot several months prior.  Minutes after the decision to “not indict” was announced,…

0 Comments / 387 View / November 24, 2014

Elections 2014: The Consequences

This November, a Republican Congress was voted into office, picking up at least 8 seats in the Senate and twelve seats in the House. Meanwhile, voter turnout was lowest since World War II due to widespread disillusionment with the government….

1 Comment / 105 View / November 24, 2014