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A Need for Affirmative Action

This morning I was reading a New York Times story which brought to my attention how thousands of North Korean children are risking their lives to reach safety in the competitive, capitalist South. The…

A New Idea of Elegance

I went without a laptop for quite a few months this past academic year. I wanted to see how life would be relying on a tablet as my primary means of production. It was fun, but ultimately it was prude…

The Golden Mushroom

When I entered college freshman year, I was proud of myself for having left behind console gaming. I still gamed, but predominantly on my PC where cheaper games could be found. I still ended up spendi…

Hopelessness

I’m currently reading Race Matters, written by Cornel West back in 1993. West’s analysis of the state of American politics was so spot-on that it still applies today, go figure. I’m going to dis…

White Guilt

I have a friend who identifies as a strong conservative. Yesterday, in defense against something I said, he claimed that he does not and will not feel white guilt. His primary lines of defense were th…

Is Democracy the End, or Just the Beginning?

Today, a good friend of mine and fellow member of the tribe wrote a blog post (http://blogs.wm.edu/2012/02/10/the-evolution-of-democracy/) commenting on Fukuyama’s assertion that, in 1989, liberal d…

The Pursuit of Happiness

My girlfriend sent me this quote yesterday, and while I regretfully don’t have a source to attribute it to, I have thoughts to share all the same. Here is the quote in its entirety: “I see all…

Seeing Poor Whites

Perusing Google Currents this morning lead me to an opinion piece entitled “What About Poor White Kids?” by Zaheer Ali in The Root. The piece addresses poverty, and how it exists across all color …

I Was a Poor Black Kid

Yesterday, a friend of mine gave me a link to “If I Were a Poor Black Kid,” in Forbes ( http://www.forbes.com/sites/quickerbettertech/2011/12/12/if-i-was-a-poor-black-kid/) , spawning a debate las…