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”

From Our Phones to the Polls: How TikTok is Cultivating a New Era of Political Engagement

Before COVID-19, the end of summer would have signified packed back-to-school gatherings and campuses across the country bustling with their usual crowd. Now, students are tuned into their lectures behind their webcams, replacing classrooms and lecture halls with their own dorms and apartments. In exchange for face-to-face study groups, Hangout and Facetime have replaced visitsContinue reading “From Our Phones to the Polls: How TikTok is Cultivating a New Era of Political Engagement”

Do Voluntary Gun Buybacks Work… or Do They Miss the Target?

Most candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, including President Joe Biden, supported the implementation of voluntary gun buyback programs. Gun buyback programs have been proposed or implemented in various cities and nations across the globe in an attempt to control firearms in circulation. These programs can be mandatory for citizens and implementedContinue reading “Do Voluntary Gun Buybacks Work… or Do They Miss the Target?”

Socialism: A Story of American Misunderstanding

Currently, the United States is rampant with civil conflict, cultural warfare, and social resentment. From social justice protests within major cities across the U.S. to the temporary U.S. Capitol Building insurrection by supporters of the outgoing president, Americans are visibly dissatisfied with current social and political institutions. Strife over political and social issues dominate dinnerContinue reading “Socialism: A Story of American Misunderstanding”

On Electoral Whataboutism and What it Means to Accept the Results of an Election

In the leadup to the 2016 election, a now-familiar specter stalked the halls of establishmentarian media circles: what if a presumably losing candidate Trump doesn’t accept the results of the election? While it was hard to term this as unfounded hysteria, given that this possibility was expressly raised by Trump himself, several federal Republican office-holdersContinue reading “On Electoral Whataboutism and What it Means to Accept the Results of an Election”

Wild, Wonderful, and Vulnerable: How Climate Change is Ravaging Appalachia

I’ve endured, I’ve endured. How long can one endure? -Ola Belle Reed Rolling blankets of green, lush, and wild for miles. Climbing up cliffs and new worlds open as ears gently pop with the high altitude. A drive through the heart of Appalachian country in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and West Virginia reveals richContinue reading “Wild, Wonderful, and Vulnerable: How Climate Change is Ravaging Appalachia”

The Battleground in the Bathroom: the Controversy over Transgender Bathroom Rights

In recent years, the right of transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their preferred sex has become more acknowledged than ever before. This controversy was brought along with the revision of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include the Equality Act, which protects sexual orientation and gender identity. However, the addition of this protectionContinue reading “The Battleground in the Bathroom: the Controversy over Transgender Bathroom Rights”

Food Apartheid: How Hunger Became Political

If you were asked to define your relationship with food, what would you say? What words come to mind, and does a relationship even exist? For younger people, food is most often viewed as a commodity. On college campuses, fast food chains dominate our dining halls, satisfying those cravings for pizza, hamburgers, and all theContinue reading “Food Apartheid: How Hunger Became Political”

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”