Kentucky Stands Alone on Felon Disenfranchisement 

Policymakers in state governments often take inspiration from surrounding states to implement changes in policy at home. Doing this gives lawmakers the ability to survey the intentions and effects of a certain policy before taking the risk of passing those policies in their state. This idea was explained perfectly by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis,Continue reading Kentucky Stands Alone on Felon Disenfranchisement 

Lies, Hatred, Murder, and Hope: My Response to a Civil Rights Immersion Experience

Introduction  The University of Louisville Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Cohort of 2024, of which I am a part, recently went on a “Civil Rights Immersion Experience” throughout the South. We stopped in Memphis, Tennessee and Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham, Alabama. We viewed a plethora of civil rights museums, historical sites, and memorials. It wasContinue reading Lies, Hatred, Murder, and Hope: My Response to a Civil Rights Immersion Experience

The Right to Bear Arms is Integral to the Fight for Freedom

Introduction “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This amendment to the Constitution is the basis of great public debate. Amid rising gun violence and school shootings, many have argued for more restrictions on thisContinue reading “The Right to Bear Arms is Integral to the Fight for Freedom”

Voting Rights Are a Major Issue in Kentucky

The right to vote is currently under attack from all angles. The Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, state legislatures across the country are passing laws that will remove voting rights from many Black Americans, and trust in election processes and democracy are historically low. There is a strong national effort to strip BlackContinue reading “Voting Rights Are a Major Issue in Kentucky”

How Long Must We Be Here? A Lament

Why? Why does America refuse to learn from its history? Why have the purveyors of peace and freedom allowed–no, ensured–that a second class citizenry exists amidst the empty prosperity and freedom enjoyed by those former Europeans? Why has Black outcry gone ignored? Why have Black minds been neglected? When? When will America realize that itsContinue reading “How Long Must We Be Here? A Lament”

The Practical Wisdom of Nonviolence in Black Activism

When a young Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was surprisingly voted spokesperson of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, there was no way he could have foreseen the immeasurable impact his actions would have not only in Montgomery, but across the South, the nation, and the world. The boycott was the first organized mass demonstration of whatContinue reading “The Practical Wisdom of Nonviolence in Black Activism”

A Carefree Vaccine is a White Privilege

As I begin to write this article, my arm is still sore from the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine I received only two days ago. The muscle soreness is an uncomfortable nuisance, yet it is a persistent reminder that I have finally faced my fear of being injected with a novel substance at theContinue reading “A Carefree Vaccine is a White Privilege”

Consumerism—not Capitalism—is the culprit for American Poverty

Photo by Pepi Stojanovski As of 2019, more than 10.5% of Americans are at or below the poverty rate—that’s more than 32 million Americans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau statistics. However, this statistic does not tell the full story of poverty in America. Here is one that does: 40% of Americans cannot afford toContinue reading “Consumerism—not Capitalism—is the culprit for American Poverty”

One Size Does Not Fit All: The $15 Minimum Wage

Restaurants, movie theaters, hotels, sports stadiums, and more. All of these have two things in common: Americans frequently patron them for entertainment and food service, and they all rely on a low-skilled, low-paid workforce in order to remain profitable. And in turn, these businesses provide goods, services, and jobs to the population. Most of thisContinue reading “One Size Does Not Fit All: The $15 Minimum Wage”

The Case for Supporting Israel

Imagine this: in rural Virginia, about fifty miles outside of Washington D.C., an internationally recognized terrorist group has seized an area the size of a large city. They have established a de facto military base in this area to execute attacks on the nation’s capital and surrounding locales, using the homes and workplaces of civiliansContinue reading “The Case for Supporting Israel”