We are currently almost in the sixth month of 2020 and are now going on about the fourth month of being in quarantine and the state of America has never been at such a vulnerable state.
From pandemics, protests, racial profiling and murders of many black people we can stand firm on how this year has not been anything worth celebrating as we did back in the beginning of January. America has and will always be a complicated chunk of the world. There are so many issues that occur in this country more than any other, so many things that are out of my and my peers hands. We are only the ones who have inherited the "Land of the Free" and all the unjust things that come with it. While this notion never stops us from doing all in our power to not only be aware but to be in the front line of change, we have to address that America has a pretty rotten core.
We've all been in the history class and learned about people and events that we think have nothing to do with our lives today. That same horrible past has always been there just dressed in sheep's clothing. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other black and brown people are very real and present examples that not much has changed in America. While it isn't outright racism like in the 1950s or the murdering of a slave, it is equally as horrifying to know that we live in a country were acts such as these can go on without much of any punishment. We have seen it time and time again police officers, citizens making "citizen's arrest" or "standing their ground" get off on murder charges.
This issue shows just how bad America is. Any person who knows right from wrong and has seen the countless videos of black lives being snatched away far too soon at the hands of those intended to protect them. To make matters even worse black people are prompted to forget about the current pandemic going on in order to fight the epidemic of racism in America. It is disheartening and yanks away any hope any minority community especially the black community, can have in a system that has yet to make the necessary changes.
At the core of the issue, beyond police training and policies that need to be changed, is and will always be racism. Until Americans can come to terms that this social practice is embedded in our country, we won't see much change. Once we really address it and those who claim to just not be racist become anti-racist, black lives will be at risk every single day. We have to do better as a country and 2020 is showing exactly how much better we need to do.
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Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.
If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.
Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series
Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.
I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.
I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.
Every single one of us has a story.
I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.
Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)
Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.
Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?
Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.
If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.
Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.
I am simply a forgetful one.
Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.
With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.
Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!
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1. Brittany Morgan, National Writer's Society
2. Radhi, SUNY Stony Brook
3. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University
4. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook
5. Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign