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Twitter was animated as news of 19-year-old rapper Kodak Black’s release from jail hit the web. A wave of “#FreeKodak” tweets were trending and people were excited to have the rapper back in the studio and recording more songs. But what was rather alarming was that not many people, even during the time of his first arrest, were talking about why he was in jail in the first place. In fact, it seemed as though no one really knew what Black was originally convicted of.
Contrary to the popular belief of legislators who feverishly attempt to label them as such, impoverished citizens are not all drug abusers and addicts. A year-long study in Michigan that tried to prove otherwise, just helped this statement instead.
The world is rid of one less tyrannical dictator with the long awaited and deserved death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The events that have occurred surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline Project (DAPL) over the past few months have been increasingly dehumanizing and downright terrifying. The kind of precedent it is setting for the way future government officials and corporations deal with issues surrounding indigenous rights and protection of water sources is a haunting one.
PROTECTION AGAINST PESTICIDES
The internet wants to tell us that 2016 has been the worst year in human history. And although some pretty terrible things have occurred since last January, is it too absurd to think this is just us millennials being melodramatic? This isn’t too far-fetched of an idea.
Now that the presidential election is over and some time has passed, I think it is time to dive into the numbers to see exactly what took place on Nov. 8. How did the overwhelming favorite to win the election, former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, lose in a historic upset to billionaire real-estate mogul, now President-elect, Donald Trump? What did the pundits and pollsters miss? A cursory analysis of Election Day can provide solutions to some of those questions. Surely it is impossible to analyze such a vast undertaking in one column, so I will split my analysis into two parts: One centering on the media and polls, and the other on economics and demographics.
Having an abortion is a difficult decision to make. Contrary to popular belief, women do not just get up and get abortions whenever they feel like, and abortions are not always a result of unprotected sex. Rather, the women who choose to have an abortion usually do so for a plethora of reasons, and more than half of them used some type of contraceptive while having sex. This is why the choice to have an abortion is something that is carefully thought-out. When women do choose to have an abortion, it can be because of many reasons including an inability to financially provide for a child, personal problems with a partner, the desire to not raise a child alone, the desire to focus on careers and school work, and so on. But whatever the cause is, each woman has their own reasons for having an abortion that are personal to them and make the otherwise difficult decision a little easier.
I have taken a lot of time to think about the results of this election and the implications that it has for me, my family, many of my friends and the members of this nation. In the wake of most elections, it has been the norm to accept the winner of the election and move on. Despite all the rallying, protests, campaigning, etc., people are typically able to accept the defeat of their candidate and put their support behind the newly elected president. Is it hard? For sure, but there is usually a mutual understanding that the newly elected president will do good (or at least no harm) for the country.
Our President-elect has once again used his favorite method of communication to address the citizens of America: Twitter. This time, Donald Trump has utilized the social media app to express his negative opinions on flag-burning and to articulate the punishments he feels would be appropriate for those who do. Trump tweeted, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or (a) year in jail!”
A populist fever has swept the nation — or so we’ve been told.
I must say that I do not intend to normalize President-elect Trump’s divisive rhetoric by discussing his potential foreign policy team and policy blueprints. This is the reality we will have so it would be foolish to not discuss it. Before I am told to stop normalizing Trump, give Justin Trudeau a ring and tell him to stop normalizing Fidel Castro. I’ll wait. (I won’t, we all know that’ll never happen).
The world was shaken when news of Cuban despot Fidel Castro’s death was announced. The former leader who ruled Cuba for decades died at the age of 90. Following his death, the nation of Cuba began a nine-day national mourning period for their fallen leader. However, not everyone in Cuba shared the same sentiments of grief upon hearing of his passing. In fact, reactions from around the world varied from sorrow to celebration.
President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon as senior counselor and chief West Wing strategist has made waves in the past couple of weeks. The choice itself isn’t too shocking, as much of Trump’s rhetoric is ideologically in line with what is now being coined as the "alt-right movement." The citizenry voted for a particular kind of messaging, affirming a right-wing source of media from a decade of unchecked radio shows and online journalism. Breitbart News, in particular, has been given a lot of credit for giving Trump the push and platform he needed to win the Republican nomination and the presidency.
The Dakota Access Pipeline has been a subject of major controversy and has come under intense public protest. This pipeline has become a hot topic on social media, with different outlets promoting propaganda that it threatens both the environment and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s sacred lands. These claims, however, are inherently misleading and the use of memes and short videos allow these false narratives to be circulated.
Last week I walked into what has been the saving grace for recent black films. “Moonlight” is a biopic drama about the tumultuous life of the director, Barry Jenkins, and how he navigates growing up in poverty alongside understanding his sexuality. The protagonist does not go by “Barry” in the film -- instead his mother, bullies and lovers all know him as Chiron.
Being a part of the digital age means constantly absorbing media you see online. Unfortunately for millennials who look to the Internet and social media for their news, this information is not always accurate.
"KONY 2012" marked the rise of social media awareness campaigns. Subsequently, when a crisis gains enough attention, people would change their Facebook profile pictures to draw attention to an issue or to show solidarity for marginalized communities, a social media practice that’s still done today. With the emergence of social media activism, critics say that civic engagement has deteriorated into the limited engagement in the social media sphere, which is called slacktivism. Oxford dictionary defines it as: “Actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website or application.” But in a time where much of our attention is spent in digital spaces, digital activism is both potentially effective and necessary.
I am shocked, but not surprised, that Donald J. Trump is now our President-elect. It was my neighbors and friends who put him there, though I am sure many people here at Rutgers who didn’t grow up in a dying, rural, majority white town are indeed shocked to discover that a majority of their fellow citizens could possibly think he could be a good president.
Adults are always warning kids from our generation to be careful what they post online, but the roles were reversed just last week when Kevin Allred, a professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, took to Twitter to post a series of politically driven tweets.