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Jonathan L.

…I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am a nameless faceless generation rising up from the depths of “teenage complacency.” I am the rich man sipping his wine on a summer afternoon in the Bahamas, and I also am the poor homeless women that gets passed by millions of people each year who don’t want to know that she exist. I am all the mistakes from the past, the franticness of the present, and the beauty of potential in the future. I am intelligence wrapped up into a cocoon of stupidness. I am stupidness surrounded by an uncountable amount of peers with more wisdom than this world can handle at one time. I am justice when unfairness is the only thing available, I am unfair. I am contradiction, hypocrisy, and redundancy. I am what people say I shouldn’t be. I am an agape lover, a helpless romantic, a passionate leader. I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am Jonathan Lykes…

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A Camera Revolution, Eavesdropping Laws & Being Arrested for Recording Police Officers

What if Fred Hampton and the Black Panthers who were murdered by the Chicago police department had the capability of recording the police raid that caused so much controversy in 1969? What if the Rodney King Video was never recorded in 1991? What if someone had been able to record John Burge when he enforced […]

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Racial Tension in Boystown, Attention Whores, and the Consequences of Crime

Crime scares me. I am not afraid of crime because of an anxiety that I will be robbed. Nor am I afraid because of some nervous undertone of violence. I am not afraid of it because of some idea of an unknown threat that causes harm. Crime scares me, because crime scares people. And when […]

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Invisible Acts

Every single day there are millions of small invisible acts which make our world better. These operations are usually hardly even noticed by the local media in each city, but they are crucial. These acts can be as small as someone providing a smile while passing a sad face on the sidewalk or young people […]

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The Struggle for Education, an Intellectual Fire, and a Sleep-In in front of Parliament

On July 12th one hundred students gathered outside of parliament in Cape Town, South Africa to demand from their government an equal education. For the next few days the students are holding a “sleep-in” to ask for better infrastructure in their schools. These young people who are inspired by both the anti-apartheid movement and the […]

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Civil Rights, Gay Rights, and the Right to be Human

In the blogsphere there has been some uproar about comparing the civil rights movement of the 1950′s and 60′s to the Gay Rights Movement (which is moving forward with their victory in New York last week.) Apparently, many people find it “appalling” that this comparison is being made. Here are my thoughts: Just to say […]

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Civil Disobedience, Gay Rights Movements, and the Black Single Mothers Who Don’t Benefit From Marriage

Silje Sande an American Professor, discusses something called “The Necessary Tension.” She writes “In a democracy the tension between civil obedience and disobedience is a necessary tension.” She argues that Civil Disobedience confronts and holds accountable the norms that exist in society today. I think that black single mothers and families around the country should […]

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E-Books in Africa, the Potential of New Media, & Access

It has become clear that in various cities around the world there are two separate economies, two separate societies, and two separate worlds.  There is a dichotomy set, which places the “haves” on one side of the spectrum, and the “have-nots” on the other side. Historically, we have seen communities across the world be separated […]

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When Worlds Mix: Gay Politicians and Black Communities

Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected into public office was assassinated. In 1978 Daniel White, a former elected official in San Francisco killed both Milk and the Mayor. Now Milk is know as a “Martyr for gay rights” according to Peter Novak, who is a professor at University of San Francisco. […]

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Young, Black, and in the Process of Surviving the Life of the Mind

Three years of college done. And After surviving ¾ of my undergraduate life, I am now left to reflect, remember where I have come from, and try to figure out where I’m heading in the future. University of Chicago has not only allowed me to live a life of the mind, but it has also […]

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Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution, and Sinking Cynicism

“You will not be able to stay home brother! You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop-out, because the revolution will not be televised.” When Gilbert Scott-Heron’s poem featured on Volume 1 of “The Soul of the Black Panther Era” I can only imagine the excitement that filled the room in […]

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