Civil rights

Gay Blood

By Morgan

Every year since my sixteenth birthday, I have donated blood at my school’s annual blood drive. Each time I donate blood, I have to fill out an extensive questionnaire which requires donors to divulge personal information about their sex lives- their gay male sex lives, in particular. It is made very clear by clinicians and by the New York Blood Center itself that males who have had sex with another male, even once, are not allowed to donate blood, nor are females who have had sex with a male who has had sex with a male. The justification for such a rule is that it is a preventative measure intended to ensure that no recipients of blood donations contract HIV/ AIDS. […]

America Has Lost It; Trayvon Martin Fatally Shot

By Zeeva

On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a young African-American teen was fatally shot by a biracial 28-year-old man by the name of George Zimmerman. He was walking to a relative’s house in Sanford, Florida from a convenience store where he bought a can of Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles. Zimmerman asserted […]

Why is it a crime to be black?

By Armanis

In the news I heard about Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed because he was black and wearing a hoodie. A Hispanic/Latino man saw him and shot and killed him and has not been arrested for it. Here is a link that will give you the full story if you haven’t already heard […]

Unjust Ruling

By Sheniece

Last Wednesday Troy Davis was executed in a Georgia prison for a murder that happened 20 years ago. He was accused of killing a cop but there wasn’t any weapons found at the scene. During the trial several people linked Davis to the shooting but years later they took back their accusations. I think […]

September 28, 2011Civil rights, TORCH|