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On Gentrification, the Human Spirit and the Fear of Being an Asshole

This past week, a speech by David Talbot has been circulated by many of my Stanford friends on Facebook. The gist: gentrification in SF is caused by "Stanford assholes," the engineers and entrepreneurs who have moved in with their Teslas and Ubers and caused lower-income families to be evicted. 

The range of captions that accompany the speech on Facebook spans from "Amen." to "Hmmm I have mixed feelings but this Talbot has some good points" to "Hater."

Justice in the Criminal Justice System

The criminal justice system is the set of agencies and processes established by governments to control crime and impose penalties on those who violate laws. For me, justice means that people who commit crimes should pay for it. Of course it's not that black and white; crimes should be considered on a case-by-case basis but I don't think race should ever be a factor in determining sentencing.

#BlackLivesMatter in Barcelona

During our discussion of La Haine, someone mentioned that the concept of a "race issue" doesn't really exist in France, and this reminded me of a discussion I participated in this fall while I was abroad in Barcelona. About 10 people in our program got together after the Ferguson decision to have a round table, and we ended up talking about experiences with race, racism, and xenophobia in Barcelona and elsewhere in Europe.

Defend Journalism That Speaks Truth to Power: From Ferguson to Washington

An argument for freedom of the press.

The Problem with #JeSuisCharlie

Lamenting the killings at the offices of "Charlie Hebdo," the author voices his concern about the way range of meanings, some good, some bad, about forming lines of identification around a single slogan.

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