[Repost] 13th: From Slave to Criminal With One Amendment

https://youtu.be/krfcq5pF8u8 Excerpts: “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people...We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin and then criminalizing…

“I Don’t See Color”: Racism

Personally, few things are more infuriating when you can see that there is a problem and others can also see that there is a problem but the supervisor/teacher/parent/authority figure denies it or just claim not being aware of it. Sometimes, it's laziness. Sometimes, it's an "ignorance is bliss" defense but it is indefensible to those…

February Quote of the Month

"This circle was a temple which had been devoured by ancient fires, profaned by the miasmal jungle, and whose god no longer received the homage of men." -"Circular Ruins" by Jorge Luis Borges

[Repost] Metaphysics and Homophobia

The most persistent forms of bigotry/intolerance are the ones who aren't as overt and comes in the form of microaggressions and exists when society excludes them from social and economic processes (think of Mr Norton from Invisible Man). It mentions in the video that some people, when confronted a subject of controversy like the existence of…

4-Part Analysis of Invisible Man (Part 3)

[Synthesis with “Caged Bird” by Mary Angelou] I thought this poem was very representative of the IM’s internal dissonance in what he’s doing and in what he’s feeling. This something that we see throughout the book but in these hundred pages, we also see him assume another identity; one of a public speaker for the…

July Study Piece Part 3: We Should Start Over

How we should have approached things “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.” – Desmond Tutu This is why we study history Timeline courtesy of Nemo. We may have went overboard the moral political indoctrination. Some would call it a “brutal education” in and of itself. The content was clouded by the method. There exist…

Our Idiosyncratic Beliefs | July Study Piece Part 2: The “Orientals”

An Introduction With an insight on major themes of the detachment of public opinion through a psychological lens, we now take a look at the same motifs prevalent on the Eastern Front of World War II, specifically Japan. In the general time span of half a century, Japan has undergone a physical, spiritual, and cultural…

Our Sunken Place |July Study Piece Part 1: The Psychology

“What good fortune for governments that people do not think.” - Adolf Hitler   In humans, there has always been an intrinsic struggle between the self and others. We must be able to maintain a distinct self-identity while at the same time be able to fit as one of the innumerous cogs of society. Because…

July 2018 Quote of the Month

“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”
-Thomas Jefferson

February 2018 Quotes of the Month

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
-Desmond Tutu

"A dolphin gon shake his fin, regardless if he gets in Or out of water, most important thing for him is to swim And Flipper didn’t hold his nose, so why shall I hold my tongue?"
- Andre 3000, Sixteen

APUSH Discussion Groups: Did Yellow Journalism cause the Spanish-American War? (Yes)

A bullet outline for the debate of how fake news stories kicked off one of the most pointless wars in the history of mankind.

APUSH Discussion Groups: Was Lincoln the best president? (No)

While I disagree with my given stance, this was the position given to me to argue, so I had to take it. I like arguing the on the losing side anyway; it's much more exciting and fresh. In any case, since each side of the debate is made up of a team of two people,…

APUSH Discussion Groups: Was Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Policy Motivated by Humanitarian Impulses? (Yes)

Alright, so this discussion group was one where I had to argue the more difficult position; the position that Andy Jackson deported the Native Americans from their own lands "for their own good". Basically, the gist of my argument is the fact that the Native Americans would have entered into conflict with the white settlers…

APUSH Discussion Groups: Was the American Revolution a Conservative Movement? (Yes)

The American Revolutionary War was a conservative movement with little sociopolitical change between the elite class pre-War and the elite class post-War.

APUSH Essay Prep Unit X: Late 1900s

Due to it being the last unit of the year, our teacher gave us a choice on which prompts we have to prepare for so here are the three I chose to do. (1) In what ways did the Great Society resemble the New Deal in its origins, goals and social and political legacy. Use specific…