It feels foolish to love a nation that despises you in return

Protesters demanding justice for Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man killed by police near Minneapolis, marched through Center City, Philadelphia, on April 13, 2021.

From the Derek Chauvin trial to the killing of Daunte Wright, it is a hard time to be an African American patriot.

My father used to read an entire Perry Mason book every day; Perry Mason is a fictional American criminal defense attorney authored by Erle Stanley Gardner. The series was a chance for my father to escape his reality as a child living in poverty in a rural region in Nigeria. He eventually gained an American green card and worked at a Stop & Go gas station for upward of two years while studying at Los Angeles Community College…

How a past of institutional deception and mistruths has resulted in a shared distrust of healthcare in Black communities.

On the 8th of April, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, declared racism a “serious public health threat”.

Referencing the unequal number of COVID-19 deaths in the Black community as opposed to others, the director of the CDC attributed the adverse health outcomes to structural racism. Needless to say, we know that the pandemic did not produce these disproportionate rates of disease and early death; it simply flashed a spotlight on the issue.

For years, American racial discrimination has erected a myriad of barriers that govern where minorities aggregate, live, and work.

Housing discrimination has kept Black families…

Has the CDC chosen vaccination incentive over statistical pandemic procedure?

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“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities, large or small, without wearing a mask or physical distancing,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said this past Thursday. “If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”

The COVID-19 vaccines have tremendously helped decelerate the spread of the virus; becoming vaccinated seems like the obvious next step for millions of Americans that have grown to be disenchanted with masks and social distancing.

“We have all longed for…

Not everyone can be on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, and that’s OK.

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Recently, a mentor of mine and I reached a new level of amity — we admitted to each other that we had searched for each other on LinkedIn before meeting.

After disclosing this revelation, we both came to the realization that we spent ungodly amounts of time on the platform, disguising our addiction to comparing ourselves to our associates as professionalism.

Like myself, my mentor admitted to previously going on hour-long LinkedIn crusades, observing skills and degrees that other LinkedIn users had that he did not…

Romney, one of 7 GOP senators to vote to impeach Trump, booed at Utah GOP Convention: “A Stone Cold Loser”.

Sen. Mitt Romney addresses the Utah Republican Party 2021 Organizing Convention Saturday, May 1, 2021, in West Valley City, Utah.

To be a Republican of Today

Former GOP presidential nominee, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), was booed by Utah Republicans at the state Republican Convention this past Saturday.

Video from the speech showed guests cheering and booing after Romney asked how they felt about President Biden’s actions in his first 100 days in office. The boos roared louder as Romney mentioned that he wasn’t a fan of Trump’s “character issues”.

“You know me as a person who says what he thinks, and I don’t hide the fact that I wasn’t a fan of our last president’s character issues,” Romney said. “Aren’t you embarrassed?”

The Utah senator has…

Invest in your 20s to be a millionaire by your 60s

I am a 22-year-old college student with over $21K accruing in a Roth IRA — to some, this may not seem like a lot of money, but considering I only opened the account a little over 3 years ago and entered an initial deposit of $3k with a $400 monthly contribution, these are pretty substantial gains.

All that money you used to pay your sorority or fraternity dues, your newest Apple product, or your cool new sneakers seems a little ridiculous now, doesn’t it?

Investing in your 20s can…

The salacious scandal that, sadly, isn’t surprising.

Rep. Matt Gaetz on Capitol Hill, October 2019.
Rep. Matt Gaetz on Capitol Hill, October 2019.
Rep. Matt Gaetz on Capitol Hill in October of 2019.

Gaetz-gate — as Gaetz himself indicated he would like his scandal to be presented as — commenced earlier in the month with reports that the Florida congressman may have had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The reports have since escalated into a sensational story that includes fraud, drugs, extortion, sugar daddy relationships, and sex trafficking.

There are also reports that Gaetz showed explicit photos of women on his phone to fellow legislators on the House floor, all the while bragging about his sexual feats with the women.

The lawmaker has fervently denied the mounting allegations and continues to…

Cariol Horne was fired after intervening in an incident where her white colleague held a black man in a chokehold.

Buffalo, NY former police officer, Cariol Horne, recently received justice after a 15-year fight to reverse her termination.

Horne, then aged 53, was fired in 2006 after she attempted to prevent her colleague Gregory Kwiatkowski from continuing a chokehold on a suspect, Neal Mack.

According to court correspondence, Horne removed Kwiatkowski from the suspect’s neck and was struck in her face in the process.

“Her conduct should have been encouraged, and instead she was fired,” Horne’s lawyer, W. Neil Eggleston, said in an interview with the New York Times.

“Neal Mack looked like he was about to die,” Horne told…

Thank you for the piece! We are grieving as nation for Wright's family. The media loves to remind us that it is a small minority of cops that are "bad"; what they are forgetting is that one bad apple spoils the bunch!

The distrust of police will take decades, maybe even centuries, to rebuild - and that is only if they started police reform and not one more single murder was committed starting today.

Simple yet powerful. Very reminiscent of "The Guy in the Glass" by Peter Wimbrow. This is a very much needed message with all that's happening today. Thank you for the refreshing read!

Chidi Michaels

Just a random college student with quite a few opinions and a fervent need to unleash them.

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