[Part 1] Privilege: The Knapsack

We've all heard about white privilege but it's really hard to really explain what it is and how it affects, say, your life or my life. The definitions and discussions we hear about it in class or on TV include big words, race theory or the people talking over each other. None of those things... Continue Reading →

The Curb Cut Effect: How Helping Others Can Help Yourself

As accessibility becomes a much more prevalent consideration among designers, whether it's video game designers, urban planners, software developers or UI/UX designers, they've had to be more cognizant of the human conditions of often a minority of their users. However, we've found that accessibility features benefit more than just the people who need them. In... Continue Reading →

[Reblog] The Market of Humiliating Black Women

https://youtu.be/yZtPMJKBD80 This is the intersection of being black and being a woman. This is how they come together to further oppress black women in a way that most people don't even realize. Black women have to deal with the treatment of being black and being a woman. Within the community, we've seen how black women... Continue Reading →

White History Month #1

There is a good number of Americans who believe that we are more racially integrated than ever before and that segregation is a problem of the past. This is simply not true. This is a mini-series or as I call them, ramblings. Since some people want a white history month so bad during Black History... Continue Reading →

Millennial Killing Machines

It's a pretty well-picked-through trash pile when it comes to social commentary and ironic jokes but it's still something worth looking at. Millennials are killing this or that. Applebee's is killed, JCPenny is gone. It almost sounds like millennials are actively trying to bring down all of America's industries and implode our economy and way... Continue Reading →

[Crim] Collective Efficacy and Crime

**Another set of notes for my criminology class.** Social Disorganization and the Urban ecology of Crime and Delinquency  First developed at UChicago in the 1920s and 30s Plotted out the residential location of youths who had been referred to juvenile court in diff areas in Chicago Grounded in a theory of urban ecology Important peoplePark and Burgess Urban ecology... Continue Reading →

Silent Epidemic: Mental Health in Our Schools

Our kids are spending more and more time at school. Some school districts are increasing the number of classes for middle and high school students so they would have to stay at school for longer each day. More and more students are participating in clubs to gain more resume-builders for college. As qualifications needed for... Continue Reading →

Depression and Confidence

I've been operating under a huge misconception of what true confidence means. Having confidence doesn't come from achievements and lack of failure. It's the belief that even if you fail, you'll be fine. Recently, I've struggled a lot with this, especially as a college junior looking for an internship. I already have depression and anxiety... Continue Reading →

Deterrence and Rational Choice Theories

These are the notes I have from my criminology class. This is the original paper. Classical criminology refers primarily to the 18th-century writings of Cesare Beccaria in Italy and Jeremy Bentham in England. Both were utilitarian social philosophers who were primarily concerned with legal and penal reform rather than with formulating an explanation of criminal... Continue Reading →

Dumb Things Democrats Do

So, I was trying to think of a good title that would encompass what I will try to talk about today but the current title captures my sentiment pretty nicely, I think. To start off, here's Hasan Minhaj on Patriot Act talking about how stupidly American politics are set up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MykMQfmLIro&t=1158s&ab_channel=NetflixIsAJoke It's like he said.... Continue Reading →

[Repost] Propaganda Prop #11: Emotionalizing

The Propaganda Professor

In the episode called “Patterns Of Force” on the original Star Trek series, the Enterprise crew beams down to a planet that is modeled after Nazi Germany, complete with swastikas and “heil Hitler” type salutes. When they hear the supposed charismatic leader (who actually is being controlled by others) deliver an oration to rouse the rabble, Spock comments that the speech really makes no sense; it’s just a string of ideological soundbites — which nonetheless have the effect of stirring their hearers to carry out the ideology’s nefarious agenda. This aptly epitomizes the nature and the effect of emotionalizing, the next in our series of propaganda props.

If Spock was surprised to discover the vacuity of the Fuhrer’s rhetoric, then he was unduly naive. Ideologically charged rhetoric seldom if ever sounds rational. It’s not supposed to. Indeed, the less sense it makes, the more likely it is that the…

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Subtle Biased Traits

Hello, it's been a while. Today, I want to talk a little about some of the experiences I've recently had with what may be covert racism and also my own reckoning with my biases. We all know about how instances of hate crimes towards Asian-Americans spiked during COVID and it's not hard to figure out... Continue Reading →

Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi): Anime Review

Heyo! I just finished my finals this semester and decided to relax by watching some new anime. Having recently finished Psycho-pass, I was in need of a fix, so to speak, so I went googling for some other psychological thrillers and stumbled on Erased. Oh man, when I say I loved this anime, I really... Continue Reading →

Cultural Exports and Extortions: explained by a layman bystander

I’m a second-generation Nigerian-American who has been sheltered their whole life because my parents wanted me to focus solely on my education. Due to my remoteness from my immediate surroundings, I fell in love with stories (be they books, graphic novels, documentaries, or spoken word) and inevitably enamored with the idea that others thought and... Continue Reading →

[Repost] LWT: Police

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4cea5oObY Excerpts: "...as we were continuing to boost funding for police and give them more authority we were simultaneously slashing spending on key social services that meant that in many communities, the police were the only ones left to handle almost any issue that people had which is a real problem as this former Dallas... Continue Reading →

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