A government agency is now investigating claims that the Gadsen Flag is inherently racist. But is that claim actually true? According to constitutional law professor and legal expert Eugene Volokh, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission first decided to investigate these racism claims two months ago. The original case, Shelton D. [pseudonym] v. Brennan, opened when a federal worker lodged a “hostile work environment” complaint. The worker, “Shelton,” argued that a coworker created a racially insensitive environment by wearing a Gadsen Flag hat. Why was wearing a Gadsen Flag hat insensitive, you ask? Because the Gadsen Flag is a “historical indicator of white resentment against blacks stemming largely from the...Read More
Author: David Giffin
In a press conference at 11:00 AM EST on Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not be recommending that the Department of Justice press charges against former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. This is surprising for some, especially considering that Comey confirmed during the press conference that, despite Clinton’s repeated claims otherwise, she had in fact used her personal email system to transmit classified information across unsecured networks–including “top secret” information, the highest level of classification. According to Comey “none of those emails should have been on any unclassified system,” regardless of...Read More
Ever since Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich suspended their presidential campaigns, Donald Trump has been treated as the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party. However, the business mogul still had yet to reach the required 1,237 convention delegates needed to secure the GOP’s official nomination. At least, that was the case–until tonight. As reported by the Associated Press, Donald Trump has now secured a total of 1,239 delegates. This comes before the last primary elections on June 7, which could potentially pad the presumptive nominee’s lead even further and guarantee his ultimate nomination. The sudden bump that sent Trump over the magic 1,237...Read More
Three news items from the last twenty-four hours have virtually confirmed that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee for president for the Republican party. First, the Indiana primary results turned out with a very large margin in favor of Donald Trump. AP reports that Trump won with 53.3% of the total vote, compared to Ted Cruz’s 36.7% and John Kasich’s 7.5%. This comes after several weeks of incredibly hard campaigning in the state, and more than one smear leveled by Trump at Cruz and his supporters. One more striking episode arose when Trump repeated a highly suspect National Enquirer article asserting...Read More
As an alumnus of Emory University, I am extremely upset by the actions I’ve seen students take over the past several weeks in response to pro-Donald Trump chalking and hashtags written on campus. Thankfully, however, students and alumni are starting to fight back against this perceived assault on free speech. For those unaware of the controversy, it began when a yet-unidentified group of people wrote “Trump 2016” and other pro-Trump phrases across the campus’s sidewalks in chalk. The Emory Wheel (to which I formerly contributed as an Emory student) reported that, after the chalkings, a group of over 40 students protested at...Read More
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