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Closson: Trump’s latest attacks on black people illustrate deeper issues

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

November 21, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the latest edition of “What black person will Donald Trump attack this week?,” LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players were subjected to one of the president’s infamous tweet storms. According to...

Alfaro: Handling opinions as the Opinion Editor

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

November 20, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

As Opinion Editor, this last quarter was interesting, to say the least. I’m a trained reporter, but I decided to take over The Daily’s Opinion section as a way to explore an aspect of journalism I had never considered pursuing....

Sumra: Australia’s marriage referendum shows flaws of democracy

Eish Sumra, Columnist

November 20, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last Tuesday evening, news broke that marriage equality had been given a resounding vote of approval in Australia. It came after a long, hard-fought campaign that saw ugly public battles between celebrities, politicians and citizens....

Sainati: Virginia’s election is promising for Democrats, but shouldn’t be overemphasized

Leo Sainati, Columnist

November 19, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Virginia’s gubernatorial election earlier this month received widespread media attention for voters’ apparent "rejection of Trumpism." These narratives treated Virginia like a contentious swing state, and Republican candidate...

Baas: It’s time for us to stand up to excessive advertisement

Jared Baas, Columnist

November 19, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Go to a movie, browse a website, check your social media feed or take a walk by The Rock. What do all of these things have in common? Ads. Advertisements are a continuously growing part of our culture in the United States....

Schwartz: ‘IT’S OK TO BE WHITE’ posters reference a nonexistent threat

Alex Schwartz, Assistant Opinion Editor

November 16, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Earlier this week, The Daily reported that posters displaying the phrase “IT’S OK TO BE WHITE” appeared in Crowe Hall, mostly around the African American studies offices. Northwestern was just one of a growing number of...

Sumra: If the last year has taught us anything, it’s to listen and engage

Eish Sumra, Columnist

November 14, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

My most distinct memory from Election Day 2016 is standing outside a bar in Paris, stumbling around crying snowflake tears. This time last year, I sat in beautiful parks around a foreign city observing people who didn’t...

Closson: Expand criminal justice reform, activism beyond policing

Troy Closson, Opinion Editor

November 14, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Growing up, my parents consistently talked to my younger brother and me about the realities of being black men in this country and the importance of being aware of our actions. I still remember in eighth grade when they sat us...

Shirola: We must re-learn the art of listening

Wesley Shirola, Columnist

November 13, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Philosophers and intellectuals have long said that we have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. But in a society marked by short attention spans, too little time and an almost innate love for...

Alfaro: When discussing immigration, try to see things from the other side of the border

Mariana Alfaro, Opinion Editor

November 12, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Did you know that the first question unaccompanied child migrants are asked in intake questionnaires is: “Why did you come to the United States?” Why did you — a minor — come to the United States — a country miles...

Boyd: Chinese president’s power grabs threaten U.S. interests

Ryan Boyd, Columnist

November 10, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The unveiling of the new Politburo Standing Committee on Oct. 25 marked the end of the Communist Party of China’s 19th Party Congress. The Standing Committee is a seven-member body led by President Xi Jinping that sits atop...