For the last several months, borders have been at the forefront of politics and culture: Donald Trump infamously promised to erect a wall with “a big, fat, beautiful door” on the border separating the US and Mexico, while European nations have been grappling with their own border problems in the wake of the Syrian refugee […]

By 2060, 115 percent more Americans will be of Hispanic origin than in 2015. Consequently, pundits identify “the Hispanic vote” as the next frontier for ensuring political success. Political elites have thus scrambled to investigate, quantify, and draw conclusions about this group in any way possible. They have asked Hispanic respondents about their political beliefs […]

The last three years on Twitter have been dominated by the growing import and presence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, an “international activist movement that campaigns against the [structural] violence towards black people,” focusing heavily on racial violence committed by police forces across the country in the last few months. The movement developed in response to […]

On September 29, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new rules to improve air quality in areas surrounding oil refineries across the United States, a move that the agency maintains will reduce the risk of cancer for 1.4 million people. The regulations require the monitoring of emissions on “fence lines” where refinery-generated pollutants enter nearby […]

On September 17, New York Times columnist Charles Blow addressed a full crowd at Brown in a colloquium titled “The New Civil Rights Movement.” Blow spoke forcefully — religiously, even — about the state of racial inequality in the United States, concentrating especially on police violence and the Black Lives Matter movement. With its roots […]

Texas State Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) is having another go at overturning the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law. On February 19th, Rep. Coleman introduced HB1627 in the state legislature, a bill that, if passed, would amend the Texas penal code’s self-defense provisions. Currently, Texas law permits the use of force in self-defense “when and to […]