Several weeks ago, on February 1, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were in Atlanta to play the Hawks in primetime. But it was an interaction between LeBron and a fan sitting courtside that made the news.
Professors and students at Fordham University participated in the nationwide Scholar Strike on September 8th and 9th to raise awareness for racial injustice and advocate for necessary changes in academia.
Over the summer, and indeed, most of the spring, there has been a plurality of issues that the United States has had to deal with, from a largely preventable and massive death count from COVID-19, loss of faith in public institutions, a large and growing movement for racial justice, and a demand for accountability when it comes to police violence.
If you’ve been keeping up with the news recently, you would know that there have been almost non-stop protests for the Black Lives Matter movement, protesting police murders of black men and women. On September 3rd, a car drove through a crowd of protesters in Midtown. The recent protests in Manhattan were in response to the death of Daniel Prude, who was killed by officers in Rochester, N.Y.
When a group of old white men got together and drafted the Bill of Rights, they thought it was perfect. In fact, for its time, it was actually quite the piece of work! It allowed the people of the United States the freedom of speech without legal prosecution, the freedom to bear arms in case of the rise of an authoritarian government, and even protected them against the kind abuse of power in the judicial branch that was common back then. However, over time, people realized it wasn’t that perfect. In the initial ten amendments, there wasn’t anything about the people’s power to elect a president, about whether people of color or women could vote, nor even about banning alcohol and then unbanning it just for funsies! And so, the breadth of the Constitution grew and grew and grew. And with as many as 27 amendments, the American people had to pick favorites.
Unless you’ve been isolating yourself in an underground bunker for the past year (wouldn’t blame you if you have), you’ve almost certainly heard about the Black Lives Matter protests. In every county, district, and city across the United States, people of all creeds have come together to protest police violence and advocate reform for the criminal justice system. The protests were instigated by the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but in a larger sense, they were a response to a legacy of systemic racism in the American Justice system.
by Hope Guzzle Earwax Editor Today it is impossible to ignore the social mobilization and…
I am angry. I am heartbroken. I am done.
I am done telling my Black friends, colleagues, and family members that I am there for them, that I stand with them, and that I fight for them. I need to do more. I need to hold myself accountable.
The protests that have rocked the United States since the May 25th murder of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by an officer with a history of abuse complaints, stand as testimony to the ceaseless and unending horror of police violence towards African Americans in this country.
On Thursday January 23rd, 2020, Fordham University had the privilege of hosting Janaya Khan, Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement in Canada, for an enlightening talk about the current state of race relations in the United States and the need for greater social activism in society.