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Impoverished Politics: Fascist Europe wasn’t built in a day, either

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

We’re only a few weeks into the Trump presidency and everything is pretty much as bad as we thought it would be. Not only is it apparent that Trump plans to carry out much of the heinous policy he promised during his campaign, that Steve Bannon is our white-supremacist-in-chief, but also that this administration can deny facts and blatantly violate ethics without any real repercussions. When Donald Trump declares that any news source publishing the low ratings of his presidency is ‘fake news,’ and he attempts to shut down federal employees for posting facts regarding climate change on social media, it is clear he is living in a very different reality. It is also alarming because there is a set precedent for this: the myriad of fascist and dictatorial regimes modern history has seen. Along the campaign trail, the...

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Race, feminism and the importance of intersectionality

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

From what we’ve seen in history, exclusion and oppression often lead to resistance. Feminism as a movement is highly criticized. It is hard to simply define feminism, as it is argued what it even means. It has different meanings for different people. If you are currently sneering at the paper while you skim this, it may be that feminism is wrong to you. To many, feminism is what Susan B. Anthony started and what Lena Dunham is doing now. For others, Susan B. Anthony did not speak for them and they had to define their own feminism. It is hard to define how a whole race feels on the matter. While I feel I am educated on the matter, you can never actually put yourself in someone else’s shoes. I’ll tell you what I know is fact. Susan B....

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Black History as Told by the Trump Administration

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Before I begin this article, I would like to explain that putting the words Donald Trump and president in the same sentence makes me want to throw-up a little in my mouth, and because of that I will be referring to him as “45” throughout this piece. This February marks the first Black History Month of the 45th president’s administration. This is also the first-time Black History Month was proclaimed as African American History Month. As well-meaning as this gesture was, it was one of the many instances this administration has shown its ignorance regarding black people in this country. African American is one of many ethnic groups within the black community in the United States. While it is the largest ethnic group of Black Americans, it is not the only one worth noting this month. In his attempt...

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MC student reflects on their class trip to Switzerland

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Whether you have a fear of flying, feel uncomfortable speaking a foreign language, or are simply hesitant to explore territory unknown to you, I urge you to consider pushing past your comfort zone. Upon coming to Maryville College, the thought of studying or traveling abroad seemed simply unattainable for many reasons. However, I am quite practical and noted that the travel abroad class to Switzerland would cover multiple course requirements that I needed to graduate. This was the best argument I had when trying to convince my parents that taking International Child Welfare was worth the time and money that I would put into it. Little did I know, this would be the highlight of my time in college. While it sounds trite, traveling with the class was a life changing experience. Not only did the trip challenge my...

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Celebrating differences this month and always

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

Being proud of who you are is never a bad thing. In this day and age, it can be the difference between self-acceptance and hating yourself for who you are. In the month of February, Americans across the board celebrate Black History Month and black heritage. There has been a rich history with black Americans, but now, more than ever, is the time to celebrate people of color for their souls and who they are. There are many great individuals that the common American has heard of—and loves. For example, Marin Luther King Jr., Malcom X and even Rosa Parks all have an influence on what we have shaped America to be. At Maryville College, we highlight diversity and celebrate the fact that we are all so vastly different. Even though one of those differences is skin color, the...

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W.E.B. Du Bois and his influence on education

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Perspectives | 0 comments

W.E.B Du Bois is known as one of the most influential black sociologists and spokesmen for black rights in history. Throughout his life, Du Bois tried to find the answer to discrimination and fought for equality for blacks in the school system. In the early 1900s, Du Bois became the voice of the black community. In his lifetime, He wrote over a dozen books and essays on the sociology of blacks. Du Bois was born in Massachusetts in 1868. In 1888, he graduated from Fisk University in Nashville, TN. He took his education further and made history being the first black to ever receive a Ph.D. at Harvard University. In his early career, he taught at Atlanta University. He disagreed with the theory that black students learn better through black teachers. Du Bois went against any type of segregation...

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