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Modern humans, Homo sapiens, have only been around for approximately 200,000 years to our knowledge. Within that small smidge of time, humans have evolved into technologically advanced, emotional, social and creative creatures who have self-awareness and reasoning capacity.
On Feb. 19, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) threw his hat in the ring for a second bid at the U.S. presidency. Progressive campaign veterans feared, while establishment pundits prayed, that the momentum Sanders held in 2016 would be lost — it was not. Within 24 hours of announcing, the Sanders campaign raised $6 million from grassroots donors, quadrupling Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-Calif.) 24-hour total of $1.5 million. Sanders is a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, which is a term that scares the ignorant. In the same light, it is these same people who abhor the idea of being taxed on their profits above $10 million to pay for a child’s cancer treatment, and who forget that the last Democratic socialist president to grace the United States saved the capitalism they love so much.
Between the stars and stripes, swastikas hung heavily in front of thousands of saluting Americans. We want to remember ourselves as always being on the side of good in the fight against the evils of fascism that pulled the world into war, but this nation too witnessed the rise of Nazism in the 1930s.
Everyone’s favorite 77-year-old senator from Vermont is running for president again. I am referring, of course, to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Last time around, even though he put the fear of God into Hillary Clinton, he did not ever really stand a chance. So, he never had people really look into his background fully. But, now that he seems to have a real shot at the Democratic nomination for president I think people ought to point out that Sanders is not a good man and his ideas are dangerous. On top of that, he is a hypocrite who does not live by the ideology that he would put the rest of us under.
Access to information and knowledge is the liberating force that enlightens and fuels the democratic energies of society. As Thomas Jefferson said, "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." But for democracy to breathe, the current stranglehold on academic information must be dismantled.
The most overwhelming sentiment regarding the 2020 Democratic primary is simple: Anyone who can beat President Donald J. Trump. Electability has largely been the metric with which we have been judging the growing number of presidential candidates.
Peppa Pig, an innocuous children’s cartoon character, was scrubbed from its various video-sharing platforms in China due to its association with counterculture memes and “society people" — slang for unruly slackers and gangsters. The “cheeky little piggy” has sparked a tattoo craze and other subtle ways to take a jab at the communist government, which heavily monitors the media its citizens consume as an effort against western influence. Despite its pushback, Peppa Pig continues to grow among rebellious Chinese youth.
Throughout the history of mankind, people have craved validation. When someone was being crowned king in ancient times, they were being validated by their people. They were considered by the general population to have the leadership skills necessary for the job. The same thing happens when athletes win championships, or a new president gets elected. Thanks to their hard work, these select individuals have been recognized and celebrated as high-performing members of their respective professions. Who would not enjoy this coveted honor?
On Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball (MLB) insider Jeff Passan shook the world with the long-awaited announcement of show-stopping free agent infielder Manny Machado’s new contract. Ten years, $300 million to become the new shortstop for the San Diego Padres. Machado will go from making $16 million in 2018 to $30 million a year for the next decade. The deal is the largest ever signed by a free agent, but will likely be eclipsed in the coming weeks, as the free agency floodgates open up and the start of the season grows dangerously close.
Historian James Truslow Adams once said, “The American Dream is that dr “today a woman with a bachelor’s degree earns roughly the same as a man with an associate’s degree, and the same holds … for each successive level of educational attainment,” It gets even worse for women of color and people of color in general ffort, your dreams can come true. America is the land of opportunity.
The fifth largest economy in the world would be the U.S. healthcare system. Because of the costs of healthcare and the system’s immense profit margins in the U.S., were it to hypothetically break off from America this would be the reality. We spent $3.3 trillion, or 17.9 percent of the entire country's gross domestic product in 2016, on healthcare.
On Feb. 8, The Daily Targum published a news piece that divulged a new study by Dan Battey, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education. Battey’s research highlighted possible evidence for racially-motivated bias in classroom settings, finding that white teachers were exceedingly negative in their interactions with Black students in comparison to white students.
Black feminism was at its prime during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. To some extent, it has been forgotten by mainstream media and left out of conversations during Black History Month. This month is all about celebrating Black leaders that have transformed history. Common names such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are highly praised and celebrated. While it is extremely important to celebrate these figures for the tremendous impact they have made in this country’s history, it is equally as important to celebrate the achievements of feminist leaders that were able to mobilize and create change.
Title X of the Public Health Service Act became a law in the 1970s. This law states that “no American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition.” The program has been helping low-income families for decades with family planning and preventative measures. In fact it is the cornerstone of family planning in America as it enables under-served women to gain access to high-quality resources.
In a polarized political environment such as the one we find ourselves in, it is absolutely vital to the prospects of limiting the vitriol that exists behind policy-based divisions that we are able to make clear exactly what it is we are discussing. Far too often the substantive issues at the core of our disagreements are lost in the semantics of what exists today as a charlatanic excuse for political discourse. Well, we will give it a shot anyway.
I write to amplify your recent editorial, "Lack of faculty diversity needs mending,” which points out that faculty poorly represent the diversity of New Jersey citizens, and that Rutgers is among the worst of its peers in gender and racial diversity in its senior administration.
Bound and gagged, American democracy is held as a hostage of the rich and powerful. The system of power in our nation has closed off the faucet that flows to the people, diverting efficacy and influence to those at the top of the socioeconomic hierarchy. The policies governing society have been tilted to benefit the wealthy few of the elite class.
Privilege is the idea that some people benefit from advantages that are unearned and are, for the most part, unacknowledged. An individual will have privilege in at least one aspect of their identity: race, skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, socioeconomic background, mental wellness, physical ability, physical appearance and/or immigration status.
This past week, I was in class when my teacher asked us for our opinions and analyses of the story we were reading. We could say anything we wanted to, or so I thought. The story, in short, was about a group of kids picking on another group of special needs children. The teacher asked how having the group of special needs children changed the story. I said that having them be special needs elicited a strong sympathetic reaction, from the readers, to their circumstances within the story.
In the fomentation of crisis, authoritarianism blooms. An undemocratic concentration of power breathes freely behind rhetoric of security and national emergency. As James Madison noted, “The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”