Published Opinions

Submitted from Students Worldwide

July 27, 2016

2016 has been a monumental year in terms of spectacles and horrors. Scientists have landed a satellite on an orbiting comet, perceptions have shifted over women’s rights, and public ride sharing services like Uber have become household terms. At the same time, recent media has brought several atrocities to light, involving racial violence and shootings. What is it in the basis of human nature that can lead to both glorious and horrific situations in tandem? The role of authority in the form of policemen and civilians has become blurred, and many have begun to question the basis for the decisions made by these authority figures. This doubt changes the dynamic of the power figure in the local government and is playing a pivotal role in the irresolute landscape pertaining to human rights and the role of weapons.


In August 2014, the media focused around the events in Ferguson, Missouri. An African-American teenager was shot and killed by a police officer after a convenience store robbery a...

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