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July 24, 2017

2016

The Historian Collection

Professionalizing History 2: What Does it Mean to be a Historian?

In the last installment of Professionalizing History, I talked about the importance of discussing history and put down the foundation of this entire series. I highly recommend reading this series in order by publish date in order to fully understand what it means to professionalize history. Unlike many other careers, history doesn’t really have an elitist corporation dictating what’s important

Burkini Ban

My Thoughts on The Burkini Ban

With Islamophobia on the rise, “religious freedom” is consistently getting confused for radicalism and extremism. France, the victim of multiple attacks in recent months, has entered a serious stage of paranoia through the ban of the burkini, an extremely conservative “swimsuit” which allows Muslim women to enjoy the beach alongside Westerners.

U.S. Constitution

Get Your Free Copy of the U.S. Constitution

If you, like Donald Trump, haven’t read the United States Constitution: now’s your chance to do so for free. Although you can get digital copies for free online thanks to the freedom of information, the ACLU is generously offering everyone a free copy of the pocket edition for the United States Constitution (usually five dollars) from now until Election Day.

Ajamu Baraka

Ajamu Baraka, Jill Stein’s Vice President

Ajamu is an “internationally recognized human rights activist” and an excellent geo-political analysist. A founding executive director of the United States Human Rights Network, Baraka has served on various boards for human rights. A member of the Green Shadow Cabinet, Ajamu has dipped his feet into Green Party politics in the past, as well. He’s an editor of the Black Agenda Report and has been on multiple media outlets throughout his life – from CNN to Telemundo.

Augustus

Quick History: The Month of August

If you’re like me, you just realized that 2016 is already well over halfway finished. We’ve entered the eighth month of the year 2016, yet I still feel like it’s 2012. For the next thirty-one days (counting today), the Gregorian calendar will be flipped to the month of August. The month of peridot and sardonyx, of gladiolus and poppy, and of Leo and Virgo.

Clinton Kaine

My (Negative) Thoughts on Tim Kaine

I dislike Tim Kaine. In fact, I despise Tim Kaine. If I had to put all of the contenders of Clinton’s VP shortlist in a list of my own, I would have put Tim Kaine in last place by a mile. He, despite what the media is trying to beat into the news, is NOT a progressive. He’s far from it. He just recently changed his course on the TPP, has been campaigning for bank deregulation, and is yet another thing wrong with Clinton’s campaign.

Hillary Clinton's Logo

Hillary Clinton: STOP GOING RIGHT

If Trump stays “to the left” of Clinton on foreign policy and trade – even if he’s lying through his fucking teeth about his platform (which he is) – he will win the election. Many Democrats have a God Complex going on right now. They think Clinton against Trump will be a cakewalk. As multiple polls have shown, it’s going to be a back and forth. Hillary Clinton, don’t be link your logo: don’t go to the right.

Hillary Clinton (Corporatism)

Shut the Hell Up, Hillary Won’t Be Indicted

There is absolutely no logical reason to believe for a moment that Hillary Clinton will be indicted for her damn emails. This notion is starting to develop into Benghazi 2.0, something anti-Hillary bots will be chanting about for decades. If Clinton wins the election, we’ll be hearing conservatives along with Bernie Bros will be calling for her arrest three years into her first term.

The 2016 Democratic Party Platform Draft

The 2016 Democratic Party Platform’s latest initial draft has been announced, and you can read it and download it here. I encourage everyone to read the thirty nine page draft. We may be entering a Second Gilded Age; but that will be determined by what ideology wins over the core of the Democratic Party and who wins the White House this November.

Elie Wiesel

Goodnight, Elie Wiesel

Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Prince, Nancy Reagan. 2016 has been a rather devastating year for deaths. But this one tops the list for me. Elie Wiesel, full name Eliezer Wiesel, was born on September 30th, 1928. A Romanian-born Jewish writer who lived a full life – through the highest highs and lowest lows – Wiesel was an outstanding political activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986 for speaking out against the repression and violence stemming from racism. Wiesel was the recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal in 1985, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and countless other awards. And, as most people know of him, Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor.

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