It seems like this was the weekend of news that could break us. Besides Charleena Lyles being murdered by police, and more Trumpcare nonsense, a 17-year-old Muslim girl in Virginia was assaulted,…abducted, and killed as she was going home after attending her local mosque, according to multiple reports. Nabra Hassanen had been at IHOP with her friends, eating before the Ramadan fast. At this point, a man got out of his car and assaulted her with a metal bat. The other teens left the scene, frightened and… >> Read More
Yesterday, a 30-year-old woman was fatally shot by Seattle police. Her name was Charleena Lyles. The horrific thing is, she had called the police for help.
And they ended up killing her, in…front of her children. Early Sunday morning, Lyles called the police to report an attempted burglary at her Magnuson Park apartment, according to Seattle Times. According to the police officers, she had a knife. Yet the officers didn't have to shoot to kill--and that's a problem that can't be reversed, not for Lyles, not for her daughters,… >> Read More
Gal Gadot has been making headlines lately—and not just because she's Wonder Woman. There's been a virtual debate happening over whether Gadot, who is a Jewish Israeli, is considered white or a…person of color. The conversation has spun out into a more general question of where Jews fall in the spectrum of race. And, like everything debated amongst Jews, there's not just two opinions. To say Judaism is complex, particularly when you place it in the context of history, is an understatement. As a people, we've… >> Read More
When we talk about bullying, we usually don't think about how politics, let alone the U.S. president, dictates how children behave. But it also makes sense that kids learn how to act from what they…see on TV. The election in November was everywhere--and Trump makes headlines in the news constantly--and we can't pretend kids don't take all of that in. Recently, Buzzfeed discovered that bullying incidents invoking Trump's name--and using racist language--have increased. This is definitely disconcerting for parents and teachers alike regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum,… >> Read More
Don't you love it when women stand up for themselves? I know I do. Women are often told not to make a scene, to not take up too much space (do I know this all too well), and to basically just make…everything smoother for everyone by holding their tongue. Well, one professor at Georgetown University said exactly what was on her mind, and I love her for it. C. Christine Fair, an expert in South Asian politics and military affairs, wrote in her Tumblr post, "I anticipate being kicked out from our gym," because she confronted white nationalist Richard Spencer at… >> Read More