Civil rights

Watching Selma

Selma was one of the most powerful and moving films I have seen in my entire life.

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After Tiller

By Teona

There is a secret war going on. Now I could be exaggerating, but truthfully this issue is highly controversial. This war is not a particularly violent war, but violence has been woven deep within the issue. Words are being used as weapons, along with picket signs and hours of protests. I watched the documentary called “After Tiller” last week. Basically, a late-term abortion provider named George Tiller was shot dead in his church. Tiller has faced many death threats and has been targeted multiple times at his office. With Tiller gone there are only four late term abortion providers left in the country and they all face violence and the possibility of being murdered. The movie made me think about why people feel the need to take action in preventing abortion, whether it is violent or not. What makes people think that it’s okay to prevent someone from making a choice? […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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