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“Hey black people, old people, poor people and students.”

By now I’m sure many of you have heard about the new voter identification laws that some states are beginning to enforce. And good for you if you discovered this through academic sources, but I am far from ashamed to say that I learned of these absurd regulations by none other than Sarah Silverman. If [...]

By |October 1st, 2012|All Things Consider|1 Comment

Signs and Society: Acting Without Thinking

Signs dictate action. If we see a green traffic light, we know that means we can go. If we see a “please seat yourself” hanging board upon walking into a restaurant, we know that we don’t need to wait for the maitre d' to assign us our table. Visual images, in this way, dictate the world [...]

By |April 12th, 2012|All Things Consider|4 Comments

They Can’t All Be Bad Kids: Inequality in the Disciplinary System

"The sad fact is that minority students across America face much harsher discipline than non-minorities—even within the same school." On March 2, Arne Duncan, our nation’s Secretary of Education described a fact that I think many of us can admit we’ve observed throughout our educated lives: color lines are everywhere we turn. In this modern day and [...]

By |March 14th, 2012|All Things Consider|1 Comment

Jeremy Lin – Race Matters

When Jeremy Lin led the Knicks to victory against the Lakers last Friday, I was at home, spending time with the family. My dad, a math professor who has never watched a sports game in his life, my sister, who was supposed to be prototyping a design for her engineering senior design project, and I, [...]

By |February 15th, 2012|All Things Consider|16 Comments

The Demography of Twitter

I don’t have a Twitter, and I’ve never really wanted one; tweeting doesn’t compute with me. It’s always seemed a little simplistic to me with its 140 character limit. Granted, you could write a subtle, breathtaking poem in 140 characters, though that doesn’t seem to be the kind of thing most people are posting from their smart phones during class.

By |September 16th, 2011|All Things Consider|1 Comment

The Future of Affirmative Action

There is an ongoing war in Michigan on the status of affirmative action in higher education, and a new chapter of this conflict opened on July 1: the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision in support of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (or Proposal 2).

By |September 14th, 2011|All Things Consider|0 Comments

You’re More Like Mel Gibson Than You Think

Are you white? Well, odds are that you subconsciously hold some racist beliefs. Yale university has developed a new experimental method called the Implicit Association Test (IAT) to probe the depths of people’s unconscious attitudes and beliefs. Experimental results from IAT studies have shown that “88% of white Americans and a startling 48% ofAfrican Americans show a bias in favor of whites [...]

By |October 13th, 2010|All Things Consider|1 Comment