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At first glance, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg running for president doesn’t make sense. Between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, why would Bloomberg risk splitting the Democratic ticket — not only splitting the ticket but splitting it three ways? To do so would give the Republicans an easy path to the White House.
In the weeks leading up to the Iowa caucus, according to Real Clear Politics, Donald Trump led the Republicans in Iowa by less than five percent. By Monday, when Iowa voters went to the polls, not so much to vote for a candidate but to vote on how many delegates will be sent to the national convention, Cruz managed to close Trump’s lead (and then some) enough to win the primary.
In late January, The New York Times reported that former New York City mayor Michael Rubens Bloomberg is seriously considering an independent run for president. Having been widely seen as a likely presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012, will the third time be the charm for the three-term mayor?
When speaking of political positions, “evolution” implies a single change in a single direction. To “flip-flop” implies multiple changes in multiple directions — first to flip, then to flop. Though these have become near-synonyms in political speech, political speech is not accurate speech.
An unfortunate reality of being a person of color is understanding that you are sometimes treated differently because of the color of your skin. In progressive towns, like Ann Arbor, where I grew up, it was never awkward for me to walk around downtown with my white boyfriend (or really anyone who didn’t share my skin color). But there were always subtle hints of racism in my life.
As the months tick down to November, two things are becoming clear: one is that Bernie Sanders has a serious chance at winning the White House; the other is that his greatest obstacle to the White House might very well be the Democratic Party.
I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t talk about Trump, but in the face of yet another media feeding frenzy following the very real potential for “Trump-Palin 2016,” I’m breaking that this once to call out the proliferators of Trump’s politics. These people are as opportunistic as they are ideologically chameleonic, and yet I haven’t seen anyone giving them the ridicule they deserve. No, I’m not talking about Trump’s supporters, I’m talking about his detractors, especially those who make a living doing exactly what I’m doing now.
As Republican candidates debated in Charleston, South Carolina Thursday night, most were unremarkable. The uncharastically forceful tone stuck by Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) lasted only as long as his opening speech, former Gov. Jeb Bush (FL), now polling in the single digits, failed to make up any of his lost ground and retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson proved himself as simply out of the depth running for President.
Following the publication of my most recent column (“Stop defending Islam as a religion of peace”) came a maelstrom of misinterpretation, hateful scorn and cries of “Islamophobia.” I had, of course, expected some commotion—it is, after all, a touchy subject—but I had never expected such an outcry, considering I had written about religion in the past.
It’s amazing how fast time flies. It was just about this same time last year that I gave a public lecture on “justice” during Eastern Michigan University’s 2015 annual observation of Martin Luther King’s national holiday. EMU celebrates this national holiday in a grand style that culminates in a heavily-attended president’s luncheon. Usually, this president’s luncheon is almost, if not the most, well-attended event of the university during any given year, with the exception of its commencement/graduation ceremonies.
Most of those reading have probably heard the term "The LGBT Community." When spoken politically, as it often is, the most common associations are with a perceived threat to civil liberties or sometimes simply waxing poetic about The Community's strength and courage, but the name itself betrays a disturbing quality of its existence. While many can describe what the "LG" is—its front placement within the acronym of course being purely coincidental—misconceptions and prejudices run rampant about the latter half, along with those gender identities and sexual orientations not deemed significant enough to be included. That's really nothing new. What isn't often told, however, is that these prejudices stem from within The Community itself.
Many people float through life completely unaware of how they should take care of their own bodies—not knowing what to do other than see a doctor when something is wrong. Many are even unaware of what integral parts work together in order for the body to function properly.
When I was growing up right outside of Ann Arbor, I had neighbors who were Indian. That really wasn’t that different as Ann Arbor is growing in cultural and racial diversity, but they were the coolest people I knew. Practices they had, items in their homes, sometimes even the clothes the grandmother living in the home wore were so far removed from anything I knew that it fascinated me. I loved to learn about other people and the things they did. But above all, the item that was most fascinating was the bindi that my friend’s mother wore.
**This is an opinion column and it does not reflect the views of the Eastern Echo.**
No matter how hostile, how vitriolic it may be at times, freedom of speech is not something we should take lightly. It is the pinnacle of free society and democracy. But many people today are ignoring that truth and substituting it for their own—casting out any opinion or ideal that dissents from the norm. This is a dangerous road to go down, especially in a democratic society, because not only does it fork away from freedom, it leads to a crossroads of fanaticism and oppression fueled by fear of the unknown.
The Department of Africology and African American studies here at Eastern Michigan University offers several academic programs and General Education courses that are designed to help enrich your learning experience in a way that could better prepare and equip you with knowledge and skills for effective functioning in a world of diverse peoples and cultures.
In the U.S., we use a first-past-the-post system in our elections, meaning that whoever wins a majority of the vote—even if this is only 51 percent versus 49 percent—wins that election. Overall, I like this system. It means that if one candidate wants to win, they need to appeal to as many voters as possible rather than simply sticking to their nook constituency.
The Democratic elite may support Clinton, one of my classmates told me in one of our many political back-and-forths, but Democrats as a whole support Bernie Sanders. “Although,” my classmate added, “I suppose you could say the same of [Donald] Trump,” that Trump is dismissed or even hated by the Republican elite but tremendously popular with Republicans as a whole.
After the Paris attacks, François Hollande swore to wage a merciless war against Islamic State, against which France, Germany, the United States and even Russia have all intensified their strikes. As this is written, the United Kingdom too joins the effort. Yet there seems to be no visible difference in the course of the Syrian Civil War. Operation Inherent Resolve, the US air campaign, has destroyed hundreds of vehicles and thousands of other targets, yet only minor territorial gains against IS have been made.
In a previous article I brought some issues to light that can help explain why some Christians may react so extremely and perpetuate the “war on Christmas.” However, that should be taken with a grain of salt, because it is Christians who are the perpetuators. For the sake of this article, I will openly say that I myself identify as a Christian. So as a collective “We,” Christians, what can we do to turn this “war” around?