How Well Do You Know the First Amendment?

Would you approve of the following law if Congress were considering it? Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.   Face-to-face participants for this survey included: Michael, age 19 Zachary Beeson, age 27 Zachary Steinmetz, age 24 Read More …

The Case for the Censored Eleven: An Exploration into Warner Bros.’ Suppression of a Problematic Past

Abstract The “Censored Eleven” is a selection of banned Warner Bros. cartoons from the 1930s and ‘40s that have not been shown on television since 1968. The eleven animated shorts depict racial stereotypes of African Americans, crude depictions common during the days of classic Hollywood cinema but no longer commercially acceptable in the wake of the civil rights movement. Despite the notoriety of the cartoons, it can be argued that a few of the “Censored Read More …

“The Song For Rain”: A Solution for Sleepless Nights

National Public Radio published an article not too long ago, “Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life ‘In An Underslept State’”. 8 hours of sleep a night is recommended for adults. I sleep an average of 4 or less. It is incredibly unhealthy, I admit, but I can testify that I am certainly not the only one my age who has serious trouble “shutting off” their restless mind at night. While browsing through YouTube after Read More …

Kanye West’s Support of Trump Is the Ultimate Betrayal of A Tribe Called Quest’s Legacy

As much as Kanye wants to say that his opinions are all about free thought and not following a crowd mentality, it is hard to hear all of this from a man who spent much of his early career speaking out against oppression. From his personal experiences with racism recounted on The College Dropout to his laments about government-endorsed anti-blackness on Late Registration, Kanye was the first person to challenge systems of power for an entire generation (myself included). Kanye Read More …

The Battle Between What Is Human and What We Call Divine

  Christine Hayes’ visit to the University of Oklahoma challenged me in ways that I wasn’t expecting. Her deconstruction of the many contradictory elements present in the schools of thought around both “divine law” and “human law” in Judaic and Greek culture alike was incredibly illuminating. What philosophers Cicero and Plato, for instance, thought was “divine” and “true” was not only rooted in reason and nature but was everlasting and immutable. On the other hand, Read More …