The phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ has become a constant in today’s society. It’s in the news, in politics, and on social media. Even celebrities, such as Beyoncé and Jesse Williams have shown their support for the movement. With recent news coverage of young black men and women being assaulted and slain by police officers, the phrase is hard to escape. Due to the recent attention the movement has gained, there has been an unsurprising amount of backlash. The movement and phrase has been criticized for being ‘inherently racist,’ something that divides the country rather than unites it, and the phrase ‘All Lives Matter’ was created to counter it.
When I decided that I wanted to become a teacher it wasn't an easy decision, because as a kid I thought of becoming a doctor, a lawyer, or even a CEO. But it wasn't until these past couple of years that I considered and chose teaching. At first it was hard for me to accept this, really hard. I went from dreaming of being wealthy with a high-profile career to wanting to go back to high school and talk to teens about the Civil War all day. Not only was it difficult for me, but it was hard for others.
Your guide what’s driving the world this week, and what Millennial Times covered.
The RealClearPolitics average has Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton up 6.8 points over Republican Nominee Donald Trump as of Friday, as Clinton enjoys a post-convention surge in support while Trump faces a week of gaffes and a party elite that has considered abandoning him to preserve their hold on Congress, governorships, and state houses.
Third-party candidates, meanwhile, have seen an unusual level of coverage. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson and VP nominee Bill Weld held a town hall on CNN on Wednesday, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein and VP nominee Ajamu Baraka will appear in a CNN town hall on August 17th.
Nuclear Weapons, Deterrence, and Donald Trump
Donald Trump made the news this week for allegedly asking why the United States had nuclear weapons if it was not allowed to use them. These comments sparked debate over Trump’s willingness to use nuclear weapons, the wisdom of a no-first-use policy, and other matters related to nuclear security.
The Truth About That Cash Payment to Iran
A Wall Street Journal article published in January has returned to the news, raising suspicions that $400 million in cash sent to Iran was a ransom paid for the release of American prisoners.
Korryn Gaines, Black Lives Matter, and Police Violence in America
Baltimore police shot and killed Korryn Gaines, a young black mother, on Monday, and injured her five-year-old son. Activists decried the incident as another tragic case of undue police violence against black people.
And Last But Not Least, The Millennial Times
“All in all, it boils down to the circumstances and their personal intentions. Snowden did what many would consider heroic, by seeing that something was terribly wrong and trying to correct it. However, some whistleblowers have darker intentions, and release information with the goal of creating mayhem and chaos.”
“Like I said previously, being different is not bad, but let me tell you, sometimes you do feel bad when you are constantly being alienated and called out for those differences. Florida, New Jersey, and Barbados have been three different lives for me.”
“The contrast between the handling of foreign relations as an issue even within the two campaigns is difficult to reconcile. When Mr. Trump says, “My primary consultant is myself,” he is declaring his own experience against the woman who traveled 956,733 miles during her tenure at the State Department.”
A year ago, if you had predicted that the 2016 Presidential Election would come down between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton a political nuanced person would have told you that you were half right. Long before Ms. Clinton announced her candidacy for the White House, she always was, to the frustration of many Sanders supporters, the presumptive Democratic Nominee. Donald Trump truly has become the modern definition of the dark horse – that candidate who arises from seemingly impossible odds to not only succeed but to come in striking distance of the White House.
Our differences make us who we are. Today, people love to point out other's differences as if they are bad, but in reality they make us what we all are: people. People are people. The only important race is the human race. With that being said, our differences make us, but they don't and they never should have the ability or power to define who we are as people.
Spending my time in Florida, New Jersey, and Barbados, I've never felt complete. I've never felt complete because I've never felt entirely accepted by my friends, peers, and sometimes family because I am different. I’m a mixed kid, my father being West Indian/African American and my mother being Caucasian. Like I said previously, being different is not bad, but let me tell you, sometimes you do feel bad when you are constantly being alienated and called out for those differences. Florida, New Jersey, and Barbados have been three different lives for me.
It has come across the news at some point. The news anchor shuffles their papers, looks at the camera, and delivers the scandalous news of yet another conspiracy that’s taken the world by storm. In this case, an average citizen has leaked information about a government or organization, exposing the industry’s secrets to the public. Most of the time, we’d be shocked that someone would defy standard policy like that. Most of us are also shocked by the groundbreaking information that was released. But who are these traitors/saviors who take it upon themselves to steal this information and do what they please with it?