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2 posts from March 2015

03/18/2015

Selma 50 Years (and a few weeks) Later: Where Are We Now?

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Selma, I think we should look at where the racial divide is today. In my opinion, this look won’t be pretty but let’s start with the positives.  Our president is African-American which certainly indicates there has been progress since the original march through Selma. Also, water fountains are no longer designated for race.  However, and perhaps this is due to how the media displays things, I see many negatives.  According to thinkprogress.com, admittedly a biased website, only 1.2% of fortune 500 CEOs are African-Americans.  CNN supports this disparity stating “The United States government has a black chief executive. But 99% of the nation's largest businesses do not”.  Putting bias and grammatical errors aside, there is clearly a disparity of who holds power.  In the 113th congress, also known as the congress before mid-term elections, 8.3% of the members were African-American according to senate.gov.  Now I know I’m starting to sound like a research paper and not a fun-loving blogger, but I think these facts are important. So important, in fact, that I’m ignoring runaway llamas and an abnormally controversial dress (I see white and gold).  Now I could go on with statistics but as both Benjamin Disraeli and Mark Twain will both tell you “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  So let’s look at the actions which speak louder than words and, presumably, lies.  It’s no secret there has been mass misunderstanding between police and African-American civilians, but I’m not even going to focus on that. I’m going to focus on what happened in Oklahoma this weekend, where a fraternity chanted racist remarks in public.  During a weekend that commemorated a vital point in civil rights history (a history we are still writing) people were chanting racism.  Why?  Why do people still feel like color is a personality trait instead of a physical characteristic? Although we have made progress, this key question has yet to be answered.  So where are we? Looking at society, I’d have to say still nowhere close to fixing this divide.

03/13/2015

BINGO!


2015-03-11 20.25.28-1Over the years one of my favorite events at USciences has been bingo, more specifically Bio Bingo!  When I first started attending this events a few years ago it was hosted by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and Microbiology Club.  Most recently, this bingo was hosted by Student Government Association but no matter who hosts the event, it's always a big hit!  The prizes include GIANT Microbes and I Heart Guts items.  From all my bingo winnings I now have a big collection of these items which include plush lungs and a brain!  These prizes are the perfect fit for our science-focused campus and I hope this event continues for years to come!

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