April 24, 1915 marked the commencement of the Armenian Genocide, a ghastly occurrence of collective punishment that left over 1.5 million Armenians dead in the name of “Turkification”, a severely racist attempt to dismantle the Young Turk government’s once pluralistic society.
Let’s talk about state sovereignty.
While we were away on spring break, there were several instances in current events where fundamental rights were compromised, from students at two state universities to the orca whales in SeaWorld tanks.
If a Muslim commits an act of violence, the media explodes with loud cries. Journalists fire a full salvo of rhetoric pointing to terrorism. Within minutes, the public sings a chorus of disapproval, intensifying prejudice and perpetuating Islamophobia.
But the atmosphere was reconstructed when the roles reversed on Feb. 10 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Gun-toting Atheist Craig Hicks murdered three bright, full-of-potential Muslim students: Deah Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.
When it comes to mass media, there are three main interest groups that compete with one another. The government, terrorists and journalists all participate in a constant battle, vying for the public’s attention and support. Of course, their strategies differ greatly, but the media remains the leading platform used by all three to garner widespread acceptance.
On Dec. 16, humanity witnessed Black Day, leaving the world pained with the awareness that grievances in the modern world still run rampant, and that hate, depravity and sheer wretchedness have come to define them.
The conclusion of prolonged wars was an act that I never questioned until I read that the United States was withdrawing from the volatile Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Though it is not a complete stop to the war, the extraction of troops echoes a broader truth: The end is near.
The 1960s saw unprecedented levels of discrimination and injustice, yet societies relied on prominent social justice activists to spread messages of peace and to advocate for equal rights among all people.
Dolores Huerta was one such activist whose work in mobilizing civilians paved the way for immigrant and laborer’s rights, and also led to her co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, presently known as United Farm Workers, alongside Cesar Chavez.
A cancer of violence and intolerance has spread through the Middle East as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – colloquially referred to as ISIS – uses Islam as a false pretense to promote its violent agenda.
I watched this summer’s national events with a heavy heart as protestors from Ferguson, Missouri demanded justice for the death of Mike Brown, an unarmed, Black teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer.