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Emmanuel Jal claims that the key to change everything is education. He suggests that we are killing a whole generation of Sudanese by only giving them food. Therefore, he says that he is willing to die for the right to education because he knows what it can do. What do you think about Emmanuel Jal’s point of view on education? Do you think that by giving Sudanese access to education we can empower them? 

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During the first Gulf War, journalist Kenneth Jarecke took real and shocking pictures of war. His goal was to show them to the citizens of America in order for them to realize that "war is ugly". Why do you think people should see pictures like this in the media? Or why do you believe these images should stay where they come from?

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According to the Oxford Dictionary of Current English, extremism is “the holding of extreme political or religious views”. Although I did not have a lot of knowledge on this subject, I previously thought that extremism was a very broad word to define extreme ways of thinking related to any topic. In other words, I did not think that it had to be specifically about politics or religion. In my opinion, I believe that the given definition is too narrow and that it should include other topics that can be seen from an extreme perspective instead of focusing only on two. 

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On October 16th, New York Times writer Bernadette Lim took apart microaggressive Asian stereotypes found in mainstream culture with her insightful article, "Model Minority" Seems Like a Compliment, but It Does Great Harm. Lim discusses how seemingly positive stereotypes such as always working hard and 'being better at math' actually causes more harm than good to Asian-American people.

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The article "Black Model Nykhor Paul Is 'Tired Of Apologizing For [Her] Blackness' posted by Julee Wilson on August 17th 2015 to Huffington Post Canada centers around the idea of racism in the fashion industry. South Sudanese model Nykhor Paul's Instagram post is referenced, where she expresses her annoyance of professional makeup/hair stylists not being prepared to deal with a black girl by not having the right color makeup or never having practiced with dark hair textures.

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            In the article called "#I Stand with Ahmed Lesson: Curiosity Is for White Kids" (Los Angeles Times, September 16, 2015), Dexter Thomas first describes the incident that happened at a high school in Texas: Ahmed Mohamed, a 14 year-old boy, was arrested because he brought a homemade clock at school, which the police justified as a "hoax bomb" because of the physical aspect of it.

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In the article titled “Miley Cyrus Accused Of Cultural Appropriation For Wearing Dreadlocks To The 2015 MTV VMAs” (Huffington Post Canada, September 31 2015), Madelyn Chung points out Miley Cyrus’s choice of coiffure for the VMAs awards show. The author describes that Cyrus’s hair was styled in long, blond dreadlocks extensions for the event and viewers expressed on social media that locks are perceived as a black cultural trait in black history. Madelyn Chung writes that the pop star did not choose the appropriate timing to sport this “fashionable” item.

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In the article entitled "Giuliana Rancic Forced to Apologize for 'Racist' Oscar Red Carpet Comment About Teen Star Zendaya's Dreadlocks - After Saying They 'Must Smell Like Weed and Oil'" (Mail Online, February 25 2015),  Shyam Dodge explains how Zendaya, a former Disney star, was harshly criticized at the Oscars 2015 because of her wearing of dreadlocks. The one featured in the article is a comment made by Giuliana Rancic, a co-host on the popular show Fashion Police.

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