When the news notification popped up on my phone, my response was a short “Jesus, not again,” and then I went back to my business. The nonchalance of my response should be incredibly alarming, just as alarming as the lack of news coverage of a shooting that left seven people dead and twenty-five injured.
One Manhattan-based artist, Dianne Hebbert, is taking her work to the streets to not only enrich the concrete jungle with colorful paintings but show all types of people simply as they are in contemporary artwork.
During World War 2, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered all Japanese Americans into internment camps in order to dissuade the fears of paranoid Americans that Japanese citizens would feel sympathetic towards the Japanese Empire and undermine U.S. war efforts. In 1944, the now infamous Korematsu v. U.S. decision was announced by the Supreme Court. It upheld the interment of Japanese citizens as security precaution, a sort of pseudo-variation of the “clear and present danger” test established in Schenck v. U.S. that helped to regulate free speech cases. The decision was appalling, and it is looked down upon as one of the most disgraceful acts committed by the U.S. Many have thought that the days of locking up people in crowded camps were down. They were wrong.
On Jan. 15, 2019, Rev. John J. Cecero, S.J., provincial of the USA Northeast Jesuit Province, released the names of 50 Jesuits, including a former Jesuit, accused of sexual abuse. At the time of the list’s publication, 35 of the 50 Jesuits named were deceased.