A Donald Trump Sweater And Today’s Parents Are Too Soft: VPNW #3

When arriving to Portland in July to interview its people, tragedy had recently struck. A month earlier, a man stabbed three other men on a commuter train, killing two of them. He did so, because these men got between him and two women he had been insulting for being Muslim. It made national news, and the…
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Cultural Integration Vs Segregation: How To Move Forward In America

Today we can connect with other cultures and people easier than ever–whether through media, by physically going to other places, or by simply living in diverse places. This exposure helps us learn about each others’ lifestyles, removing the fear of the unknown that can divide us, and encouraging understanding, growth, and peaceful living. Example: If…
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Southern Experience #5: Conversations On Spirituality, Connectedness, And Segregation With The People Of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Bob the spiritual man shared about an unexplained sighting out in the woods. Tracy the Southern socialite talked about race, class, and her affection toward Bill Clinton. These are just two of several human beings of Hot Springs, Arkansas I spoke with about spirituality, connectectness, and racial segregation.  *** After a morning of diamond mining and an afternoon touring the…
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Pokémon Go And Racial Integration

At 1:00am, a 19-year-old was walking through his neighborhood park, when suddenly, a figure in the darkness came from out of nowhere and approached. Concern about this stranger’s intentions was lowered when he asked the young man, “Are you looking for scyther?” It all kinda sounds like a drug deal. But it was actually two…
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Race As A Factor In Receiving Jobs, Grants, And College Acceptance

If the comments on the Star Tribune are any indicator, there’s something like a 60/40 split of those who congratulate Minnesotan Munira Khalif for her incredible accomplishment of being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools versus those who are claiming her success as a sign of a problem. Naturally, many don’t want to hear…
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The Real Tragedy Of #pointergate

Last week, KSTP Minneapolis ran a story on their website about Mayor Betsy Hodges and her get out the vote involvement in North Minneapolis. They weren’t congratulating her. Rather, they received a tip about a photograph taken at the scene of the canvasing. In it, Hodges and a community member (who also happened to be a convicted…
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Every Human In America As A Dot

A map created at the University of Virginia provides a layout of everyone in America–yes, everyone, which means something like 300 million dots. The color key of the dots is distinguished by the common classifiers: White, Black, Asian, and Hispanic. Turning the U.S. into this: But the real meat of this map is in those…
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Guest Post: Sports, Tension, And The Power Of [n-word]

Readers: allow me introduce to you the newest contributor to The Periphery. This writer comes from a long ways away, and because of that, has a unique angle on the controversies and happenings of our world. In this article, this writer addresses the Riley Cooper n-word incident. Enjoy. Hello The Periphery readers! My name is…
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Trayvon Martin’s Death: The Opportunity To Reform Justice

In our version of justice in America, we seek far more than righting the wrong. We seek that the perpetrator serves their time, is thrown behind bars, pays for what they did. In short, we like to see the perp suffer. We seek revenge. But why do we call for revenge when we know deep in…
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Making Some Waves~~~~~~

The piece that I featured here last week, “The New Bigotry”, was picked up by the website, The Good Men Project! In it, I argue that though we’ve moved past a lot of racism, sexism, and homophobia, we now need to focus on another source of fear, anger and the like: those who think differently.…
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