I am incredibly pro-life. But I do not say pro-life with abortion in mind at all. I think about people who are victims to poor circumstances that are not in their control to change. To me, being pro-life is so much more than being pro-birth. It means advocating for victims of abuse, those with special needs, and other marginalized people. The quality of life many people have is not the quality others have. You’ve likely seen the homeless people on the streets of Manhattan and the large McMansions that people are fortunate enough to afford. Why don’t we use...Read More
Author: Victoria Gagliardo-Silver
Last week, I was being targeted on twitter by an anonymous troll. Said troll referred to himself as a SHARP, a slang term that stands for “SkinHead Against Racial Prejudice.” Yet, he was targeting me due to my race. Due to my race, yes, but also due to my political affiliation. In other words, this was just another Friday morning. This, sadly, is a common occurrence for me and many other right-leaning people of color. I’ve been called a Nazi (which is ironic, as I am also Jewish), an Uncle Tom, and a traitor, among other inappropriate things. And...Read More
There’s a bit of an elephant in the Republican Party (no pun intended). This elephant? The issue of white privilege, a concept many conservatives don’t believe exists. However, it does. So let’s address it. White privilege doesn’t mean what many people think it does. It does not attribute your accomplishments to being white or white-passing, just that certain advantages exist in your favor. The definition of white privilege, according to Mount Holyoke College, is “a set of advantages and/or immunities that white people benefit from on a daily basis beyond those common to all others.” Now, you may be...Read More
It’s official. As of 12:00 PM on Friday, January 20th, Donald J. Trump became the President of the United States. During his campaign, he faced a large opposition movement known as #NeverTrump, and many people from all political affiliations still oppose the ideas of Trump’s administration. Still #NeverTrump? Here’s what you can do to make these next four years better for you and the ideas you represent, political affiliation aside: 1. Donate to Organizations You Support, but the Trump Administration Does Not Some people may be concerned about federal funding being cut from things, ideas, or organizations you support. Causes such as Planned Parenthood, arts programs, or...Read More
When I was 16, I was at a party in Brooklyn with a few friends. I stayed sober, but my two friends had too much to drink, and I thought it was about time to take them home for their own safety. As the two of them are stumbling down the street, leaning on me for support, two men dressed in blue pass us. Young and naive, I thought nothing of it. Before I knew what was happening, I was forced to my knees and had a gun held to my head, forced to give up my phone, wallet,...Read More
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