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Kate Smith controversy reveals double standard

Kate Smith controversy reveals double standard

Henry Brettingen

May 7, 2019


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An 80-year-old recording resurfaced of beloved singer Kate Smith singing the racist song “That's Why The Darkies Were Born,” according to the New York Post. In an unwarranted reaction to this, the Philadelphia Flyers removed a Kate Smith statue from their stadium and the New York Yankees banned her 1939 recording...

Delayed remorse for anti-Semitic cartoon

Delayed remorse for anti-Semitic cartoon

Adin Zweigbaum

May 1, 2019


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The New York Times apologized for their anti-Semitic cartoon three days too late. The cartoon shouldn’t have been uploaded in the first place, but three days is too much to wait for an apology. The New York Times published a cartoon April 25 depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as ...

Tiger Woods proves to be an all-American hero

Tiger Woods proves to be an all-American hero

Adin Zweigbaum

April 25, 2019


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After one of the greatest comebacks of all time, professional golfer Tiger Woods is completely deserving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Established in Executive Order 9586 and signed by former President Harry S. Truman, the purpose of the Presidential Medal of Freedom was to recognize notable service by civilians during Worl...

March Madness seen as unjust, facts say otherwise

March Madness seen as unjust, facts say otherwise

Adin Zweigbaum

March 28, 2019


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As the first few rounds of March Madness come to a close, it becomes obvious that most brackets follow basketball for National Collegiate Athletic Association Men (NCAAM), rather than basketball for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Women (NCAAW). On the surface this doesn’t seem just; many viewers ...

We are tired of being black

We are tired of being black

Samiya Mohamed

March 19, 2019


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Celebrating black history is over, and now we’re at the point where we have given up. From acknowledging our history to trying to not let the past repeat itself, “We are tired.” This year's Black History Month performance theme was “We are tired.” Year after year black history is celebra...

University of Minnesota finally hires female president

University of Minnesota finally hires female president

Marta Hill

January 18, 2019


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In the 167 year history of the University of Minnesota, 16 men have filled the role of university president. That will all change come July 1, 2019 when Joan T.A. Gabel will become the president of the university, according to the University of Minnesota. Currently, Gabel serves as provost at the University of South Carolina, and will continue to serve there until she assumes the po...

Inmates fight fires in California

Inmates fight fires in California

Emma Yarger

December 11, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Opinion Columns

The U.S. prison system is already unfair, corporatized and racist. Now it is using prisoners to fight the fires in California. These inmates are being placed in harm's way and given unfair wages all for the benefit of the state. They are being treated as slaves. According to CNBC, inmates were fighting the...

Focus on school safety provides reassurance

Focus on school safety provides reassurance

Maddie Schutte

December 5, 2018


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The joint St. Louis Park City Council and School Board’s latest meeting regarding the new safety measures and potential mental health resources to be implemented in Park schools helped to return the overall feeling of safety in the community. Participating in the April 20 National School Walkout last year ...

Conservative win may have unintended consequences

Conservative win may have unintended consequences

Samantha Klepfer

November 2, 2018


Filed under Opinion Columns

All across the nation women cried as Christine Blasey Ford gave an emotional statement describing when Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in college. Nine days later the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh with a two-vote margin in Kavanaugh’s favor, according to The New Yor...

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