Unpacking Western Dichotomy

The following binary couples are to be explored not through a lense of minority versus majority, terms that are now inherently wrought with stigma, but through the sifting of unequal power dynamics throughout cultures. In the day to day lives of countless humans, here is contrasted to there, we to they, and us to them. These deictics are both shaped by their environments and shape their environments.

Understanding Felon Disenfranchisement

According to Christopher Uggen, Ryan Larson, and Sarah Shannon’s piece “6 Million Lost Voters,” 1,686,318 Americans in Florida cannot vote due to disenfranchisement, 499,306 of those being African American.

The Times Over Time

Whereas a lackluster analysis would claim this stark discrepancy can be chalked up to changing Times (pun intended), a closer inquiry posits that this transition can be explored in an intently dissecting manner that has the capacity to both compliment and criticize the publication in question.

Centuries Apart: Defining Citizenship

In order to aptly explicate the pathways through which immigration policy, rhetoric, and actions have played out across temporal and geographic boundaries, one must first understand the premier tools to utilize in that journey.

How The War On Drugs Disproportionately Impacts Youth of Color

By employing social scientific and anecdotal evidence, this piece shows that the systemic jailing of black and brown people extends beyond criminal court to the very edges of the United States’ juvenile justice paradigm. In order to aptly make this assertion, however, one must not depend merely on opinion, although it does have merit.

This Looks Familiar: Sexism and Racism in the Justice Systems

Few published works correctly walk the thin line between too heartbreaking to read and just page-turning enough to compel the reader to the last page. Meda Chesney-Lind’s “Jailing ‘Bad’ Girls: Girls’ Violence and Trends in Female Incarceration,” masters that tightrope with finesse.

Subjective Feminism for An Inclusive Now

If all the world’s a stage and humans mere players, as Shakespeare so eloquently put, then women are front and center with tomatoes being thrown at them. In Shakespeare’s conception, “man” goes through seven ages before bidding the audience adieu. His verbiage entails a gradual emergence into a solidified entity existing in coordination with the other actors, growing betwixt them at “his” will. It is plainly glaring, in ways expounded upon below, that the life of womankind is less streamlined, and far more tumultuous.