We live in the 21st Century and yet racism exists in every corner of the United States. The most advanced, developed country in the world discriminates against people every day. While the rights and opportunities of women, immigrants, and minorities rights also fail in comparison to that of white men, the black population seems to have it the worst. Black citizens are shot and killed by police twice as often as any other racial group. The Caucasian population uses five times as many drugs as African Americans, but African Americans go to prison for drug-related charges ten times more often than Caucasians. The average Caucasian household makes $91,405 each year, compared to $6,446 for the average African American household. These statistics, and many more, strongly suggest a racial problem, decades after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lost his life seeking change. Read More
In 2008, one of the most controversial environmental projects was proposed: the Keystone XL Pipeline. If approved, “the proposed 1,179 mile crude oil pipeline” will run from Hardisty, Alberta to Houston, Texas. If the project is completed, the pipeline will carry 830,000 barrels of oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast every day. It is expected that as the pipeline is built,
42,000 jobs will be created, generating $2 billion of revenue in the United States. This all sounds great to Senate leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans who have promised to get the pipeline approved, but the environmental concerns of the project are real. Read More
“In the wise words of Jon Stewart, “Democrats got their a**** handed to them [in the midterm elections].” The Republican Party kept control of the House of Representatives and a majority of the governorships, and also took control of the Senate. These results did not come as a surprise to many political analysts. Statistician Nate Silver predicted five possible scenarios for the midterm elections: a “Republican landslide,” a “solid Republican win,” a “Republican squeaker,” a “Democratic squeaker,” or a “Democratic shocker.” None of these possibilities had Democrats winning big. And there is no question about the future: this midterm election will shape the last two years of Barack Obama’s presidency, and the presidential election of 2016. Read More
Serena and Venus Williams are, arguably, the best thing to happen to the world of professional tennis. The sisters brought women’s tennis to the forefront of American sports in the early 1990s. Between the two of them, they have been ranked number one in the world for 197 weeks in their careers. And despite currently being two of the oldest players on tour, they continue to compete. At thirty-four years old, Venus is currently ranked nineteenth in the world, with seven career Grand Slam singles titles. One year younger, Serena is the number one player in the world, capturing seventeen Grand Slam singles titles since turning pro in 1995. Many say that the Williams sisters are the most athletic siblings the world has ever seen. Read More
Democrats and Republicans. Over the past few decades, there have been few issues that the two parties have agreed upon. The death penalty, abortion, gay rights, God and the government, gun rights, and more are all held at different beliefs by the two parties. Arguments are constant, and agreements are scarce. The United States is divided down the middle, with citizens and politicians rarely crossing the line.
Bravery exists in all corners of the world. Today Americans are not necessarily considered as brave as other people around the world. For one, our country is not a battlefield; we do not live every day in constant fear. Most Americans have access to all of the food and technology that we want. We also have the daily presence of a democracy and the right to free speech. But even in the United States, there are discussions and arguments about racism, equal pay, healthcare, war, religion, education, drugs, sexual orientation, and a variety of other topics. Americans speak out for what they believe in without fear of the government. And while citizens around the world do not have this luxury, it is essential that they stand up for what they believe is right.