FUTURE OF GENES
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FUTURE OF GENES
In both life and death, American society is desperately disparate. There are multiple factors that drive inequality, but the inescapable crux is that those who live ensnared by a society that impairs, injures and undermines will also drown in that same disparity. The guarantee of an inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is hollowed by its unequal distribution as Black women and babies are dying at an alarmingly harrowing rate.
We must bear witness to the hollowing of his prophetic words of liberation. The regressive sanitation of his messages emerge in the speech of those whose actions diminish the progress of the past and obstruct change today. The legacy of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. has been distorted to further antithesis goals of hate, injustice and inequality.
Born in this nation of promise and progress, civic and political power are inalienable birthrights that require provision and nurturing. Yet they are placed in the hands of some and beyond reach for others. Institutions of learning are designed to be the grand guardians of democracy, wielding education as a great leveler of inequities. They function as ladders descending down to those born into circumstances beyond their control, ready for their ascension. Yet “our education system routinely fails urban, rural, low-income and minority students,” according to The Civic Mission of Schools.
Unauthorized immigration in to the United States peaked in 2007. A decade ago, the total number of unauthorized immigrants hit its precipice and then declined, continuing to fall for the next 10 years. The drop in illegal immigration to the lowest level it has been since 2004 is connected to the large decrease of 1.5 million people in the number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants from 2007 to 2016, according to the Pew Research Center. The reality of immigration is felt in New Jersey, which has one of the highest undocumented immigrant populations in the country.
In the past few months, Americans have been forced to recognize the fact that sexual harassment and assault are significantly more prevalent than previously acknowledged. A slew of beloved public figures have been ousted as having committed unwanted sexual acts, some of whom admit to the accusations and apologize and others who fail to do so. As a result of this, our society has been confronted with the uncomfortable fact that sexual assault and harassment are common, everyday occurrences.
President Donald J. Trump and the Republican Party have officially reeled in their first win — the hasty and flippant passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While the bill largely espouses tax cuts to the immensely wealthy, it seems to many to be a blatant assault on the accessibility of higher education. Graduate students are often offered remission or deductions on their tuition, or in some cases are granted stipends to help them afford the cost of living while attending their graduate program. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, this monetary help will be liable to be taxed as income, defeating its purpose. As part of a national demonstration in response to the bill passing in the House of Representatives earlier in November, Rutgers graduate students, undergraduate students and faculty members participated in a walkout protest with the aim of displaying the vitalness of graduate students to the wellbeing and advancement of not only higher education but American society.