Is The Ongoing Police Violence A Result of Improper Training Or By Intent?

Introduction All around the world, it is known that police are put in place to control crimes and protect citizens, but sometimes, they contribute to the demise of the very society they have been sent to protect. Such demise can be seen in the US in recent years; we have been seeing a lot of the […]

The Insupportable Shooting Of Jacob Blake

Introduction On August 23, 2020, police officers of Kenosha, Wisconsin, were responding to a domestic incident. Jacob Blake was attempting to break up a fight among two women, but police officers wanted to stop him and attempted to use a taser to do so. Blake then walked around his car and opened the driver’s side […]

The Dangers of Unidentified Law Enforcement

Current Use of Unidentified Police Forces In the first week of June, armed agents were deployed in Lafayette Square, Washington, DC to disperse protesters. The incident incited public outcry not only due to the use of force against peaceful protesters, but also the fact that none of the agents had visible identification, such as name […]

The Insurrection Act Is Mortally Flawed, But The CIVIL Act Can Fix It

The Insurrection Act In 2020 Though the protests surrounding police brutality have mostly de-escalated, the people of this country remember when, just last month, violence erupted in city streets nationwide, often ignited by police forces. As many took to the streets to protest racism in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, President Trump continually threatened […]

Police Brutality: Examined Through A Psychological Lens

Say his name — George Floyd His name was George Floyd. Her name was Breonna Taylor. They were two black lives who died at the hands of police officers exercising an abuse of power. He did not deserve to die, and neither did she. Had Derek Chauvin not kneeled on Floyd’s neck as he cried […]

Ending Police Brutality: The Benefits of Reducing Police Presence

Cries for Action Over the past weeks, the topic of police brutality, especially against the African American community, has dominated national news. In all 50 states and many countries around the world, protesters have taken to the street to call for police reform. The viral video that sparked cries of outrage showed a police officer […]

Police Brutality Is Not a New Issue, But It Needs New Solutions

Across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, several videos have spread of a violent interaction between a California sheriff’s deputy and Elijah Tufono, an African American 14-year-old. The sheriff’s deputy can be seen holding down and repeatedly punching Tufono, causing many accusations of police brutality. Incidents of police brutality against African Americans are commonplace now, and sadly […]

Nike: Co-Opting a Movement?

The Announcement When people hear the words, “Just Do It,” their minds instantly think of Nike. Nike’s Just Do It campaign is very popular and one of the company’s most important promotions. This year, Nike announced Colin Kaepernick as the face of their campaign, largely because he took a knee in order to protest police brutality. Although Nike […]

Sean on the Sidewalk

Nowadays, it seems that police brutality has integrated into society. All over the news, reports of police misconduct and viral videos of brute force targeted against African Americans appear. The excessive force used by the police towards the black community is indicative of racial bias and instills a lurking mistrust of America’s law enforcement into […]

#BlackLivesMatter: Intersectional Feminism in Action

The most beneficial type of feminism is intersectional, meaning it involves race, class, ethnicity, and a multitude of factors. This was coined in the late 20th century by Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. #BlackLivesMatter is a trending hashtag created by three queer, black women named Alice Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. This is a perfect example […]