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In one week, this nation saw the true state of our Union. Seven days of violence revealed the blazing fire that has turned core values to ash, melting America’s foundations. On Wednesday, a white man with a history of violence and racial animosity shot and killed two Black people in Kentucky after he failed to enter a Black church. Throughout the week, a Florida man who had ranted against Democrats and spouted hateful messages against minorities online attempted to commit domestic terrorist attacks targeting Democrats who have criticized President Donald J. Trump’s rhetoric and policies with mail bombs. And Saturday morning, a man yelling anti-Semitic slurs killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue during a baby naming ceremony, the largest mass murder of Jewish people in U.S. history.
Playing football has been one of the peak experiences of my life. I would never deprive anyone else of the experience, especially a son or grandson. But, there is danger associated with it. This danger needs to be addressed. The great risk associated with football is long-term brain injury.
As a nation, we stand at a crossroads. The time is coming for us to choose who we are and what we choose to fight for. History is being made at this moment, and years from now when we look back at this time in the pages of a social studies textbook, there are two possible reactions for how we can feel. We can remark on how far we have come and how much progress has been made or we will look back and remember a better time.
In the spirit of Halloween, it is due time to start getting excited about costumes — or at least the costumes that do not make you into a walking symbol of racism.
American voters are now less than two weeks away from casting ballots in arguably the most important election in many of their lifetimes. What is determined in the midterm results will write the political map for the coming years, and candidates are scrambling for strategies to ensure a tide-changing victory for their party. Though, Republicans have issued the most interesting tactic to douse a Democratic takeover. This, of course, is to simply prevent the other side from voting.
It is perhaps unsurprising that as we approach this year’s midterm elections — the most heated in decades — political rhetoric has become increasingly hostile, combative and even outright apocalyptic. As the Democrats look to capture the House of Representatives and Republicans attempt to expand their majority in the Senate, both have dramatically escalated their messages in an attempt to fire up their bases of support. President Donald J. Trump has defended his party by absurdly claiming his Democratic opponents do not care about crime and are leading “an assault on our country,” while some of his allies have ramped up attacks even further. At an event at the Douglass Student Center on Monday night, prominent conservative activists Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens claimed the Left wants to see the destruction of Western civilization. Some Democratic activists, meanwhile, have accused the administration of authoritarian or fascist tendencies.
Anyone who attends Rutgers knows that as a community, we value acceptance and inclusivity very highly — we want to protect our fellow students from hate and prejudice. At the same time, being that we are a major public research institution, another one of our fundamental values is based in academic freedom and the spread of ideas. But in recent times, it seems those two values seemingly tend to clash.
One of many lists in Carolyn Mackler’s "The Earth, My Butt, And Other Big Round Things," which in addition to being a fun, quick read really puts the spotlight on body shaming in the 21st century. Centered around main character Virginia, we get a first hand look at what it is like to be the fat daughter in an otherwise perfect family, and being the only plus sized girl in a private school. Virginia thinks about her weight a lot. She feels, on a fundamental level, that she is less desirable and in some cases less important than skinny girls. She lets her fatness dictate her life, believing she has to keep her interactions with boys a secret to avoid embarrassing them and, even worse, believing she has to go farther than skinny girls in order to keep a guy interested. It really hurt me to read that. No girl should ever feel pressure to do anything she may not want or be ready to do, especially not because she thinks it is her place to do so. So many women base their attractiveness, how they feel and how they act, on what men think. No matter who you are or what you look like, if you feel pressure to act a certain way around a guy for him to like you, especially if it makes you uncomfortable, your fishing in the wrong pond. You should never have to change yourself or feel ashamed of yourself because of a man. If a guy is not willing to be seen in public with you, then it is probably time to move on.
When you google the term millennials, the third search query that shows up is “millennials are killing."
When seeking to attain a position as a faculty member at Harvard Law School in the mid-1980s, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) formally notified administrators that she has Native American ancestry. Since the middle of the 2016 presidential race, President Donald J. Trump has poked fun at Warren for her claim that she was part Native American. At an event honoring the contributions of Native Americans during the World Wars, Trump insensitively referred to the senator as “Pocahontas.” In July, the president said that he would pledge $1 million to a charity of Warren’s choice if she were to release a DNA test that, "shows (she is) an Indian." Originally Warren intended to ignore Trump’s challenge, but on Oct. 15 she revealed that she had gone through with a DNA test and released the results to the public, which showed that she does, in fact, have some Native American blood — emphasis being on some.
It is the holidays. You ask for a PlayStation 4, video games, remote controllers and a new bean bag chair. You wake up the next morning and all you got was the PlayStation 4. But what good is the PlayStation without the gosh darn games to play on it, the remote controllers to facilitate the game and a place to sit while you play?
“Register to Vote” feels like it has been plastered on every wall I have seen for months and it also feels as though I have been asked the question consistently since I began to look of age.
On Nov. 6, New Jersey voters will answer the call to uphold their civic duty and reinforce the representative nature of our government. Not only will voters have the opportunity to form a government based on their will and consent by electing representatives, they will also be asked to decide the fate of a $500 million bond for New Jersey schools.
University President Robert L. Barchi barred student activists from delivering an important message at Van Nest Hall’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Student demonstrators from Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) hoped to inform gathered alumni of posed criminal charges of 12 student activists following a peaceful protest last December.
Much ink has been spilled on Rutgers’ decision to invite, then disinvite, then apologize and re-invite journalist Lisa Daftari. The Daily Targum has written two editorials on the matter and there have been numerous commentaries written about this incident. I will not retread the arguments made in this specific case as others have argued it strongly. I want to bring up the most dangerous idea that has been bandied about in this debate — namely, that speech is violence. This idea is so illiberal and so perilous to liberal democratic society that it demands a response.
TED IS TERRIFIC
If there were anything the past two years have taught us, it is that a small innocuous green frog became the center of a counterculture movement. Pepe the Frog, created by Matt Furie, existed on the internet for around a decade before it was supposedly “co-opted” by Right-wing radicals on websites like 4chan. These images are “symbols” of the pervasive bigotry of American citizens. I mention this with skepticism because the out-of-touch journalists, social activists and older politicians who clutch their pearls at some edgy memes do not understand the sometimes apathetic and chaotic culture of the internet to the point where sharing some innocent meme may land you with the likes of some radical political ideology. How did it come to be that Pepe the Frog guaranteed a spot in future history textbooks? There are several possible explanations, much of which cannot be fully fleshed out due to word limits and the freshness of these developments, but I will try my best to analyze it.
We elected a billionaire misogynist and our democracy is at risk, but apparently, the greatest motivator to vote is a long Instagram caption penned by controversial pop star Taylor Swift.
The organization known as TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. Twice a year, the organization holds TED Conferences, where they invite some of the world’s most profound thinkers and creators. As a subset of the overarching organization, there are TEDx programs, including one here at Rutgers, which too aims to promote ideas worth spreading in more of a local and self-organized community setting. On Oct. 15, TEDxRutgers held their annual "Speechcraft" event, where 10 students gave talks about their own ideas and experiences. The top 2 out of the 10 will move on to the larger Rutgers TED Conference in February. But, TEDxRutgers and organizations like it more generally can be extremely valuable for young people and students.
An echo from the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh debacle, and a sentiment being expressed throughout the #MeToo movement in general, is this notion that as women come forward about sexual assault, men are being “attacked.” The movement to somehow implicate men as the victims in the #MeToo movement is strong enough that there is an (admittedly relatively unpopular) #HimToo hashtag. The most popular example of the #HimToo movement is a mother’s post about her son being afraid to go on "solo dates due to the current climate of false sexual accusations by radical feminists with an axe to grind.” Twitter successfully memed this post (and the man in question posted about how he was against the general notion), but the sentiment of men being afraid and feeling victimized by women standing up still stands. The notion of men being under attack seems to fundamentally misunderstand many important goals and implications of the #MeToo movement. When news becomes sensationalized in such a way, it can seem as though the #MeToo movement functions only to take down high-profile people in highly visible ways — but I doubt this captures the full scope of the movement.