In response to the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, demonstrators took to the streets to protest against police brutality and inequalities within the judicial system. Malcontents bring with them a variety of beliefs and worldviews, with some demanding that the current society must value all citizens and treat them equally. For some, integration and equal protection under the law is the major goal. Others believe the system cannot be transformed and tend to hold more anarchistic tendencies. This divergence in political opinion is nothing new: Throughout all historical struggles for Black liberation, there have been a variety of…


Imagine waking up at 1am in the morning to aggravated yelling of “stop moving or I will shoot you in your fucking head” repeated over and over again as a threat with an increasing determination. On November 15th, that is exactly what I woke up to as officers surrounded and berated a handcuffed black man just outside of my apartment, threatening to take his life while he stood outside in 25 degree weather, most likely petrified in fear. I anxiously recorded what I predicted at the time would have been a man’s execution in the early hours of the morning…


TW: Sexual Assault

Within the discourse surrounding sexual assault, inevitably people bring up false reporting and argue that individuals who issue false reports of sexual assault should be punished. Proponents claim that in order to get people to trust survivors who report instances of sexual assaults, we must eliminate the allegedly large numbers of false reports; then we as a society would believe women. Despite the fact that false report rates are extremely low at around 2–10%, the people who want to put barriers for women to seek justice share an ideological connection with the individuals who are pushing to…


Last week, Washington University’s Student Life newspaper published an op-ed arguing that conservative ideologies should not be considered equally to other principles in an academic setting. In response, conservatives and liberal “defenders of free speech” alike decried this as intolerance, enraged that conservatives might not feel welcome on campus. This whole controversy has needlessly centered whiteness and the most privileged individuals on this campus. …


In a country controlled by conservatives in all three branches of government, let’s pour one out for the real victims within society: disproportionally wealthy, white conservative college students. According to a recent Washington University Studlife article, conservative students face derision for their beliefs and feel as if they are treated unfairly for their political ideals. Besides being devoid of any concept of power dynamics between reactionaries and marginalized communities, this perspective places disdain for right wing policies supported by students on the same field as actual discriminatory practices against marginalized communities.

The article quotes several students who decry a lack…


Over the last few weeks, the area around Washington University suffered from incidents including break-ins, car theft, and even a shooting. Understandably, many members of the community, especially the students living off-campus are rattled. One student wrote an op-ed about the ongoing situation, and provided some reasonable steps that Wash U could implement. However, she also mentioned the need for increased policing in order to “patrol the surrounding neighborhoods.” I disagree; increased policing must be examined within its historical context; and that is a context in which the police have protected its white citizens at the expense of black residents…


“If the institution(of policing) as a whole is illegitimate due to its inherent racist nature, then one must transcend an ‘anti-police brutality’ mentality and become anti-police; nothing less will suffice. And we must advocate for the complete and utter abolition of the police to be replaced by institutions created from the bottom up.”

Read the story: http://www.stlamerican.com/news/columnists/guest_columnists/abolish-the-police/article_fa32598e-e9e9-11e8-b503-5b362ff0f35c.html


Recently, Venezuela has been hit by waves of protests from the opposition over the legitimacy of Maduro’s presidency. Elected in 2018, President Nicolas Maduro took office on January 10th, 2019 to start his second 6-year term as president of Venezuela. In response, Juan Guaido, the head of the National Assembly declared himself the legitimate leader of Venezuela. Backed by the United States and other western powers, Guaido has attempted to start the brokering of relationships with the west with regards to Venezuela’s massive oil deposits. In response, Maduro cut off all diplomatic relations with the United States, and demanded that…


Recent buzz surrounding tax rates spurred a debate between the left and the right about the idea of a 70% marginal tax rate. This debate was re-ignited by Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, a first-term member of Congress from New York. Conservative opponents responded by mischaracterizing the proposed increase in the marginal tax rate as an increase in the general tax rate. Meanwhile, progressives claimed that an increased marginal tax rate will lead to the federal government using that money on programs it cannot afford, such as increased funding for education, allocated funds to repair the damage done to Flint and other basic…


The Struggle Against Systemic Racism must extend to victims of US Imperialism

On August 11–12 2017, white nationalists and other hate groups held a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville to intimidate and assault minority groups, and allies who dared oppose their racist agenda. One white supremacist drove a car into a crowd of people, killing Heather D. Heyer and injuring others.

Thousands of miles away in Venezuela, the wealthy opposition to President Maduro’s democratically elected government used similar tactics of violence and intimidation against the black, indigenous, and working class Chavismo supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution. These events cannot…

Christian Ralph

Data Science, Focused primarily on politics relating to Black Liberation within the US and Anti-Imperialism.

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