States are Hoarding Welfare from the Needy

Tax season has just ended. While nobody likes the hassle that filing taxes creates, the underlying philosophy behind them is simple and shared: we pay taxes so that the child down the street gets an education, or so the single mother of three gets the support she needs. Despite widespread support for public assistance programsContinue reading “States are Hoarding Welfare from the Needy”

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Exemplifies Hostile, Ineffective Political Arena

There’s no hiding the fact that the current state of American politics is rife with hostility – divided along partisan lines, propelled by misguided, misinformed activism and an onslaught of disillusioned complacency. As our Nation further divides into ‘red states and blue states,’ our public policy and civil discourse suffer. Though, what we have allContinue reading “‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Exemplifies Hostile, Ineffective Political Arena”

The State of Local Businesses in America: An Underdog Story

If you’ve been in a shopping district in any city in America recently, you’ve probably seen signs displaying some form of the “Shop Local” message. The message is certainly not new, but it’s taken on new importance. After seeing local favorites face closures and struggle to compete with e-commerce giants like Amazon, people are rootingContinue reading “The State of Local Businesses in America: An Underdog Story”

Here’s Why We Need To Get Rid of ShotSpotter

On a cold March night in 2021, the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system picked up the sounds of gunshots in a Chicago neighborhood, dispatching police to a dimly lit alleyway. What followed was a chase that quickly turned deadly. On that night, Adam Toledo was shot dead by those responding police. The incident, captured on video,Continue reading “Here’s Why We Need To Get Rid of ShotSpotter”

Remembering the Atlanta Spa Shootings

Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, Daoyou Feng, 44, Xiaojie Tan, 49, Hyun Jung Grant, 51, Paul Andre Michels, 54, Yong Ae Yue, 63, Suncha Kim, 69, and Soon Chung Park, 74 all lost their lives from the Atlanta Spa shootings. This article will commemorate the lives that were tragically taken last year and reach talks ofContinue reading “Remembering the Atlanta Spa Shootings”

The Western Branch Library: a Beacon of Hope for Louisville’s Black Community

“The library does more than furnish facts and circulate books…the people feel that the library belongs to them, and that it may be used for anything that makes for their welfare.”  -Rev. Thomas Fountain Blue, the Western Branch’s first librarian For centuries, libraries have served as a space for self-enlightenment, a place where people canContinue reading “The Western Branch Library: a Beacon of Hope for Louisville’s Black Community”

A Louisville Story: A Short Essay on Shelby Lanier

While many of us may not typically consider a police officer to be a presence in a community beyond our day-to-day jobs, there are some that stick out. It’s partially a result of a police force that has become more focused on drug busts and bringing down crime statistics than on building relationships with communities.Continue reading “A Louisville Story: A Short Essay on Shelby Lanier”

The Everlasting Impact of Muhammad Ali

For Black History Month, the Louisville Political Review celebrates black stories and heroes. Today, we celebrate Louisville’s hero, the Great Muhammad Ali. The Red Bike That Changed History Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky as Cassius Clay (former name until 1964) on January 17th of 1942 in a legally segregated country, in which black peopleContinue reading “The Everlasting Impact of Muhammad Ali”

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”

From Cotton to Congress: The Remarkable Rise and Careers of the First Black Congressmen

As a congressional intern with a passion for U.S. history and virtually unrestricted access to the entirety of the U.S. Capitol Building, I took every chance I could get to leave my office and explore. Unfortunate circumstances, both COVID-19 and the January 6th riot, left the great halls of Congress closed off to the publicContinue reading “From Cotton to Congress: The Remarkable Rise and Careers of the First Black Congressmen”