Sitting in silence: Discussing racism as a community

Sitting in silence: Discussing racism as a community

This is a glimpse into my feelings as I prepare a group of five students for a “roundtable discussion” on the Charlottesville incidents and race. I can’t get the images of that day out of my head — or the trauma it unleashed. Like a soldier scarred by the sounds of war, I cannot hear anything else but the chant, “You will not replace us!”

Thankfully I’m not the only one; others cannot leave that moment of history. Three black and three white, we sit at two uneven tables with pizza and Sierra Mist before us. We watch a “Vice” interview, which depicts the events in Charlottesville. After watching, we just stare at one another.

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Lessons from Charlottesville: Don't be ruled by fear

Lessons from Charlottesville: Don't be ruled by fear

Recently, I was invited to sit down at a roundtable discussion on the topic of Charlottesville. The discussion is one that I could classify as healthy, and I had some very important takeaways from other members of the discussion. Each of us has been asked to write down our personal thoughts and what we believe is most important to take away from the events that unfolded from Charlottesville.

So what, you might be asking yourself, does Alex want us to take away from this awful event? Well, I’ll tell you.

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Pursuing truth renders us equal, heals a divided world

Pursuing truth renders us equal, heals a divided world

We live in a divided world. Trying to come to terms with this fact is disheartening, and as a person who wants to believe in the good in humanity, I have been at a loss for words. I'm constantly finding it harder and harder to empathize with some of the viewpoints I see plastered across social media. Black or White, illegal immigrant or citizen, liberal or conservative, we all make up the human race.

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Jesus loves racists

Jesus loves racists

“Punch more Nazis” is a shirt getting shared on social media since the August riots in Charlottesville. It’s an honest reflection of the outrage that people feel. Charlottesville is an abhorrent and torturous reflection that white nationalism and racism still have a prevalent role in the consciousness of America.

As a white man, it’s absolutely horrifying to see other white men chant “You will not replace us,” and watch a car drive into a crowd of counter-protesters on video loop again and again. That being said, I don’t believe punching more Nazis and racists will solve anything.

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Opinion: Standing With Planned Parenthood

By Alyssa Yakey
Digital Editor

Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization that is one of the nation’s leading providers of quality healthcare services for both men and women. Contrary to popular opinion, Planned Parenthood offers more than just abortion procedures and defunding this organization can cut access off to affordable healthcare for 2.5 million Americans.

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Digital SLR Camera vs. Point and Shoot Camera

Digital SLR Camera vs. Point and Shoot Camera

In the market for a camera this holiday season? If so, I'm here to inform you on why it would be best to purchase a digital single lens reflex camera rather than a point and shoot camera. 

When it comes to disadvantages of a point and shoot camera versus advantages of a digital SLR camera, the decision making process between the two becomes evident.

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Christmas Music: Ban Before December

Christmas Music: Ban Before December

By all means, I am a fan of the Christmas season and all that comes along with it… but my appreciation begins December 1, no sooner.

I’m not being a hater, I do appreciate hearing “This Christmas” and all alike, but just around Christmas time. People start counting down the days until Christmas back in July, especially don’t retailers.

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To My Friends Who Voted For Donald Trump

Hello there. I didn’t block you on Facebook.

I’ve been watching what you’ve been up to, watching as your feelings progressed in this election cycle.

I’ve watched you support your favored Republican and then, often begrudgingly, switch your choice around as the race narrowed and our country’s divide widened. Many of you voted for Donald Trump. Many of you cast that vote half-willingly and posted about it afterwards, as if you owed the world an explanation…or else, defiantly, since you knew your liberal friends would look at you with paranoid eyes.

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iPhone 7: Apple's Best Yet

Way back in June of 2007 Apple entered into the smartphone world with the iPhone 1 and quickly became a leader second to none. Now nearly 10 years later, iPhone is on its 9th generation.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which were released in the United States on Sept. 16 of this year, show just how much the iPhone has advanced over the years.

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Why You Should Travel Alone (At Least Once)

Why You Should Travel Alone (At Least Once)

Last December, I was getting ready for a week long trip in Arizona with a friend who attended school in Tucson. The trip had been planned for five months; we were going to stay on campus, do a little sight-seeing, and hike Mt. Lemon.  

Yet, plans changed abruptly when Delta cancelled his flight back to Tucson a few hours before my plane was going to take off.

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