White Radicalization in the Aftermath of Charlottesville

For most Americans, the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11th, 2017 was horrifying.  Just a few years ago, many would have thought that something like this was impossible: indeed, the idea of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis garnering enough support to march on the University of Virginia, freely and unafraid, in 2017 is disturbing.  Fewer still would have predicted that the rally—which resulted in three deaths and at least 34 injuries—would be actively defended by our president, Donald Trump. Needless to say, the power of white nationalists—both on the…

Donald Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of New Fascism

In the aftermath of the Second World War, we told ourselves: “Never again.” Standing in the rubble of London and in the ashes of Hiroshima, we swore that we would not allow a conflict of this scale to proliferate again. The generation that had seen the rise of fascism and genocide, of dangerous nationalism and xenophobia, vowed that we would not stand by and do nothing in the face of the Hitlers and Mussolinis of the world. They promised. And now, their children and their children’s children are breaking that…

Whitewashing in Hollywood: Why Diverse Media Representation Matters

For over a century, the entertainment industry has displayed more than its fair share of racism. Since the conception of full-length motion pictures, there has been egregious discrimination against minorities in film. The first film ever shown at the White House, in 1915, was Birth of a Nation, a film that glorified the Ku Klux Klan and demonized African-Americans in the South. The first American “talkie” was The Jazz Singer in 1927, which featured white actor Al Jolson performing in blackface. From cinema’s very conception, minorities have “long felt the…

Sharks and the Countdown to Extinction

Sharks are fundamentally misunderstood creatures. For centuries, sharks have been feared because of their sharp teeth, ominous fins, and vicious visage. However, sharks are not a danger to humanity. In fact, they’re not even on the “Top 100 Greatest Threats to Humans” list. The top spots on that list go to heart disease, cancer, car accidents, and suicide. However, sharks only kill an average of five people per year and injure an average of thirteen people per year. To put that number in perspective, lightning kills 24,000 people per year.…