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After reading an article by Soraya Chemaly, called “Why Won’t We Talk about Violence and Masculinity in America?” a question pop out from my head “What is a man?” The article was written in December 17, 2012 after the mass murder shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School, and she talks about violence in young men lives, how white young male are portrayed by the media, how the media portray mass shootings, and gun problem in the US. She believes that violence is a part of how American masculinity is defined and guns are part of that violence, and I completely agree.

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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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An article written by Helen Nianias on Independent.co.uk in February 24th of this year is one that focuses on the racism in the media today. The article titled “Zendaya Coleman: Racism row over 'ignorant slurs' after Giuliana Rancic says her dreadlocks look like they smell of 'weed'” by Nianias is about, like the title says, the actress Zendaya Coleman and her response to the comments Guiliana Rancic made towards her hair. Rancic said that Zendaya’s dreadlocks looked like they smelled of “patchouli oil and weed.” Zendaya quickly replied to Rancic’s comment by posting on Twitter.

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The article ‘Where Are You From?’ is Clumsy but Not Racist, posted on the Huffington Post September 10th 2015, Deena Douara argues that we have become uncomfortable to describe someone using their skin color when instead, we should become sensitive to the prejudices around it. When we speak about someone and describe that person as black, it can offend people and even be labelled as racist right away. The author often states that as soon as we associate a character trait or a custom with a certain minority it is seen as racist.

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On September 4th, 2015 Taryn Finley wrote an article on "Black Family Faces Racial Slurs and Threats During Family Reunion" that was published on Huffington Post.  The author states that a woman name Kanisha Allen planned a family activity at Rollins Lake in Nevada County. They were all having fun together. Suddenly, the environment changed when a family install themselves beside them. They recognize the Allen's family as being African-American. At that moment, the newcomers start yelling bad things at them. Kanisha states they were doing racial comments.

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Published on August 7th 2015 on The Huffington Post Canada is the article Model Nykhor Paul Shuts down the Fashion Industry's Racism by Arti Patel. This article is one that brings attention to racism within the fashion industry. Nykhor Paul is a 25 year old Sudanese model who, on public media, Instagram, to be more specific, addressed a letter makeup artists asking them she has to bring her own makeup when white models aren’t required to. Within the article, the author includes the entire caption that Nykhor Paul posted on Instagram.

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Euthanasia is now a topic of practically every day conversation.  Belgium has allowed euthanasia since May of 2002, and Canada has been having the conversation about the right to die for months now.  I will be examining a Globe and Mail article discussing about Quebec becoming the first Canadian province to adopt a right to die legislation, a Dan Gardner

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                The City of Indianapolis proposed a bill named ‘’Homeless Bill of Rights’’, with the objective of improving homeless individuals’ condition.  It would be a first-of-a-kind in the United States and a major breakthrough for homeless rights. However, the mayor Greg Ballard vetoed the bill after the council voted in favor of such laws. The bill was supported by homeless helping organization who are frustrated by the results of their effort. The bill had for instance the inability to relocate a homeless person and allowed them to ‘’move freely in public spaces’’ (Eason).  

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In October 2014, the Canadian Senate passed Bill C-279, which added gender identity as a basis for hate crimes under the criminal code under the Canadian Human Rights Act. This is very progressive of us, and I was proud to be a Canadian in a time where we were becoming closer to equality for everyone. Senator Donald Plett changed my mind. Plett, of the Conservative Party, proposed an amendment that would exempt Bill C-279 from applying in gendered public facilities, such as washrooms or changing rooms.

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For the entirety of our lives we’ve depended on certain people to protect us from harm. What happens, though, when those whom we expect to protect us end up doing the opposite? Lately, more than ever, police brutality is occurring. Police brutality is simply the act of policemen putting themselves above the law and abusing their power.

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Recently, there have been plenty of new stories in the world that make you wonder what’s going wrong. Security seems to be being breached more and more often.

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After the attacks perpetrated at the Charlie Hebdo office, an anti-Muslim crime-wave appear in the street of France. In total, over 55 anti-Muslim crimes have been reported. Muslim businesses and mosques were the target of acts of vandalism. Also, hate speech, racist graffiti, discrimination, physical assault and even a murder has been observed in France during the last week. "The attacks in Paris occurred in a very Islamophobic and racist context in France," said Elsa Ray, representative for the Collective against Islamophobia in France.

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