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How to label those that stormed Capitol Hill

January 15, 2021

This story was originally published on LAHS - New Media Lit on January 13, 2021.

The Lies of ‘Diet Culture’

The critical relation between our food intake and our mental health is portrayed through social media. According to the Child Mind Organization, adolescents care immensely about validation and appearance, resulting in a comparison with influencers who unrealistically Photoshop themselves.
Feature Editor Jasmine Youn shares her dieting experience, and how she overcame it.
January 15, 2021

Since the beginning of COVID-19, we’ve been told to stay home, which means three things: we’re bored, we're surrounded by food, and we pass time on social media where diets are constantly promoted...

Despite use of the N-word, the accurate portrayal of racial injustice in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ must stay in high school English classes

Harper Lee’s 20th century novel To Kill a Mockingbird still remains relevant today in the racially charged 21st century.
January 15, 2021

A fictional narrative of a young tomboy growing up in Maycomb, Ala., with her single father and older brother -- it's a simple concept for a book without magic, twisted realms or the supernatural.  ...

A degree of evil

Temperatures in Florida are staying relatively low. For those subject to harsh rules and punishment, the colder weather can mean something different.
Colder weather highlights the abhorrent nature of anti-homeless infrastructure
January 15, 2021

The recent falling temperatures have appeased meteorologists and fashion gurus all over Central Florida. Weathermen excitedly explain the week’s forecast while a student gently folds his new vintage...

Insurrection needs correction: Holding the capitol rioters accountable

2021 did not even make it a week before the unity of our nation was tested. Going into a new year and new presidency,  we need to work together to become better.
January 14, 2021

At merely six days old, 2021 had no trouble making room for itself in the history books. The day’s political events quickly turned south making for one of the darkest days in recent American history. On...

Op-Ed: Stop Romanticizing LGBTQ+ Relationships

Grace Papas examines LBGTQ+ relationships. Photo purchased from
January 14, 2021

As a queer person, I go through my day-to-day life like any typical high school student.  Often, that includes talking to friends about romantic interests and relationships. As a teenager, I like offering...

Eaton: Disappointingly, Attorney General Fitch fails to address socioeconomic challenge of uniform education in MS

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch seeks to dismiss a recent lawsuit that ensures Mississippi follows its 1868 Constitution, which promotes a uniform system of education for students.
January 14, 2021

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch intends to file a “writ of certiorari” to ask the Supreme Court to review a lower court's record of the recent court case against Mississippi’s current constitution....

The attack on the U.S. Capitol exposes the truth about terrorism in America

On Jan. 6, thousands of loyal Trump supporters attacked the nation's Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
January 14, 2021

If the recent assault on our Capitol has done anything at all, it clearly showed the glaring double standards in modern-day America. The media labels white school shooters and suicide bombers as "complex...

Gun violence in 2020: a Chicagoland teen’s perspective

Mount Carmel senior Freddie Gist, like many teens in Chicagoland, lives in fear of the
January 14, 2021

A major problem in 2020, aside from the pandemic, was the ever-increasing gun violence that plagued our neighborhoods and communities. Chicago alone ended the year with 769 homicides, according to an...

Opinion: The Capitol attack was preventable

A scene from the Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, as Trump supporters gather to protest the certification of the election results.
January 14, 2021

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 will go down as one of the worst days ever for American democracy — the day that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, incited a mob to breach the Capitol building,...

Sanders: A phone call for 11,780 votes proves to be worse than Nixon

In an hour-long phone call, President Donald Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to override Georgia's total votes from the recent presidential election. President Trump has previously spoken to the state's other representatives and local executives about potential voter fraud, demanding a recount.
January 14, 2021

On January 2, 2021, President Trump pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to overturn the election results of the state of Georgia based on false claims of voter fraud. The phone call...

A Failed Attempt at Trumping Democracy

Donald Trump faces off with Uncle Sam as the Capitol building serves as their ring. The fight to maintain democracy persists after the attack on the Capitol.
A head to head battle against Trump and Democracy: Democracy wins.
January 14, 2021

Stand back and stand by. These words so famously uttered by President Donald Trump at the first presidential debate last year have viciously reverberated back after last wednesday’s occurrences. After...

Column: BLM Protests and the Raid on Capitol Hill are Not the Same

While some are quick to compare the events at the Capitol to Black Lives Matter protests, it is crucial to look at the motivations that fueled each event.
January 14, 2021

The United States Capitol has housed Congress since 1800. It is where the legislative branch of the federal government writes the laws of our nation and where presidents are inaugurated and deliver a State...

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Capitol insurrection amplifies white supremacy; everyday forwards is a day for change

The divide we see between differing opinions and reactions on last Wednesday’s rioting is not a Republican Democrat split but a matter of white supremacy and ignorance.
January 14, 2021

When pro-Trump extremists attacked the capitol last Wednesday, they claimed to be patriots: their actions defended by their love and devotion to America, their defiance sparked by unqualified claims of...

Op-Ed: Breaking The Ballet Body Taboo

Kozhemiakin has been dancing since age four. Photo courtesy of Michal Kathleen.
January 13, 2021

Breaking The Ballet Body Taboo The notorious ideals of the ballet world are everywhere you go, and there is an unhealthy standard of a skeletal figure that encapsulates its culture. Enter ...

“This is not America.” Actually, it is.

The idea that the insurrection at the Capitol Jan. 6 is “un-American” ignores history.
January 13, 2021

From the establishment of the U.S. via Indigenous genocide to overthrowing governments domestically and abroad, the recent violence we saw at the Capitol is as American as pie. It was a frightening event....

Normalize saying “I don’t know”

Admitting you don't know something may not be easy, but it sure is beneficial.
January 13, 2021

“What do you want for dinner?” Each time my parents ask me this question, my mind plunges into a frenzy of indecision and my eyes adopt a vacant stare. It’s such an open-ended query; there are...

AOC: Not your streamer best friend

Like oil and vinegar, politics and gaming are typically mutually exclusive. However, congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has successfully combined the two with her Twitch streams, gaining support from teens nationwide. Nevertheless, like with all politicians, crossing the line between supporting her and idolizing her is where things get problematic.
January 13, 2021

The definition of irony: a sweatshirt reading “tax the rich” while costing a hefty $58. Recently, Congress Member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known more often as AOC, came under fire as she released...

Why I Speak Up, Even With A Stutter

According to the National Stuttering Association, an estimated 1% of adults in the U.S. stutter, with stuttering being three to four times more common among males than females.
January 12, 2021

“My name is Zara.” One might think that for me, these words are easy to say. But that’s not the reality for people with a stutter. Oftentimes, saying my own name is a task that requires effort...

Tempted by the Top-Tier Degree

Students need to remember that success later in life is not solely dependent on which university they wish to attend.
The impressive reputation of certain universities may prevent us from choosing the college that is truly right for us.
January 12, 2021

Seniors have arrived at the time of year when college essays have been finalized and applications have been submitted. All that remains is the uneasy waiting period before emails arrive and final decisions...

The Talon’s Response to the Attack on the Capitol

The United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC. The Capitol is the site where Congress presides over the legislative branch of the United States government. It is also the site of an attack by domestic terrorists on January 6, 2021, in an attempt to overturn the 2020 Presidential election.
January 11, 2021

The horrifying events taking place on Wednesday left America in shock, embarrassment, and horror. The Trump administration’s uncompromising narrative about voter fraud and its fervent efforts to overturn...

Dear people who stormed the Capitol, from a young, Black, female American

Recent news of insurrectionists storming the nation's capitol is the antithesis of patriotism.
January 11, 2021

Dear domestic terrorists claiming to be patriots, The year 2020 decided it wasn't finished with us once America received the joyous experience of watching you storm the Capitol, something that hadn't...

The Lethality of Racialized Media Coverage (OPINION)

School shootings. Bombings in residential districts. Neither are considered terrorism, as the media justifies the crimes of the
January 11, 2021

Loner. Mentally-ill. Victim. These were the words chosen to describe Anthony Quinn Warner, the perpetrator of Nashville’s recent RV bombing. Warner, a 63-year-old white resident of Antioch Tennessee,...

A Capitol offense: Undemocratic Jan. 6 break in weakens our security, violates American core ideals and exposes hypocrisy within policing

The events at Capitol Hill on Jan. 7 demonstrated an attack on American democracy, Rida Zar writes.
January 11, 2021

In 1801, on the eve of his last day in office, John Adams -- the second president of the United States -- appointed a total of 58 “midnight” judges to the Federal Circuit courts. He hoped to maintain...

The Terrifying Rise of Antisemitism

The Star of David is the Jewish symbol composed of two overlapping triangles, creating a star with six points. It appears on synagogues, Jewish tombstones and the Israeli flag.
January 11, 2021

I grew up very privileged. My biggest worries in life were if I was running late for soccer or if I had forgotten to study for my alphabet test. My parents created a “bubble” so that I could live the...

Attack on democracy

The FBI is requesting information regarding individuals sparking violence at the Capitol storm via released photographs. Tips can me made on the FBI website.
"Protest" in Capitol building sparks outrage—and rightfully so
January 11, 2021

Radical supporters of President Donald Trump raided the Capitol building Jan. 6, wreaking havoc by breaking through windows and sitting at government officials desks to protest the counting of electoral...

Opinion: Political extremes hijack national symbols

A right-wing protestor holds a flag that combines a Gadsden flag from the American Revolution with a Confederate flag from the Civil War. Though the two symbols, historically, contradict each other, they are now frequently seen together. He talks to another man holding an American Flag with President Trump’s face plastered over it.
Over the past few years, the meaning of the American flag has become less inclusive as people feel like it does not represent them
January 11, 2021

What used to be purely a symbol of freedom and unity, the American flag has become a symbol of the political right in recent years. This association with the right has left many feeling unsure if the flag...

America needs to do better

Jan. 6 was a sad day for democracy, and a sad day for America.
January 11, 2021

On Jan. 6, a group of Trump supporters gathered near the Capitol to hear President Trump speak. The outgoing President used the rally to whip the group into a riotous state before letting them loose on...

A Dark Day on Capitol Hill

Wednesday's assault on the Capitol building by protestors of the certification of Joe Biden's impending presidency was not only a low point in current president Donald Trump's tenure, but a low point in American history.
January 11, 2021

On Wednesday morning the world watched as hundreds of pro-Trump supporters stormed Washington D.C.'s revered Capitol building and smashed windows, broke into the House Chamber, and terrorized our nation’s...

It’s time to start talking about rural America: The disconnect between urban and rural America

Divisive sectionalism has contributed to one part of the chaos of 2020, however, this divide between rural and urban America brings on broader questions about the future of the country and what this divide could mean for America's future.
January 11, 2021

With the anticipation of the new presidential administration mounting, tensions between rural and urban America have failed to stop. Divisiveness and sectionalism have become trademarks of the Trump Administration...

A letter to the next generation

Two Black & White staff writers pen a response to the attack on Capitol Hill.
In response to the insurrection at the Capitol, as well as America's troubling past.
January 11, 2021

To the next generation: Of all the emotions we felt on January 6, 2021, perhaps the most prevalent was exhaustion. We felt drained; we felt numb. Few were prepared to see our Capitol, the nation’s...

The Capitol Has Fallen

The Capitol building burning in a metaphorical Trump flag flame. Although the building was not burned down during the riot, there is a lot of damage done to the building and the nation's reputation.
A real-life "Olympus Has Fallen" attack has occurred, but not from highly trained terrorists, but people with Trump flags.
January 11, 2021

I remember the day Biden won. It felt like a weight was taken off my shoulders. I felt relief seeing people dancing on the streets rejoicing, banging pots and pans from their homes, shouting to the world:...

In the Name of Respect

Kamala Harris has enough challenges ahead of her.  Contending with opponents who willfully mispronounce her name should not be one of them.
The deliberate mispronunciation of the Vice-President-Elect's name is part of a larger political playbook.
January 8, 2021

Last August while discussing presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, Fox News host Tucker Carlson made a crucial mistake. Throughout his interview with Democratic political...

From The Anchor Desk: Even in Chaos, Democracy Stands

The United States Capitol building, home to the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The sign of a strong nation is the ability to rise, even in the ashes of turmoil, and remain steadfast in the pursuit of what is just. Wednesday was an opportunity for this nation to do such, and so it did.
January 8, 2021

Upon the pedestal of American democracy stands a cluster of buildings that act as the physical embodiment of the united ideals of these 50 states. Those structures: the White House, the Supreme Court and...

The Company They Keep

Trump supporters amassed in front of the Capitol building on Wednesday, shortly before chaos ensued.
The storming of the Capitol on Wednesday was years in the making.
January 8, 2021

I spent more time in quarantine than I would like to admit scrolling through far-right media sources such as PragerU and Breitbart, knowing full well that they are a desecration of journalistic integrity. ...

President Trump’s inflammatory falsehoods responsible for Capitol siege

After the siege on the US Capitol on Jan. 6, social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have temporarily shutdown Trump's accounts citing that his posts incite violence.
January 8, 2021

At 11:37 a.m. on Jan. 7, a day after a Trump-supporting mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building in protest of the 2020 election results, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg banned President Donald Trump from the...

Editorial: Trump’s suppression of logic incites destruction

A protester holds a pro-Trump flag across from the U.S. Capitol Building prior to the beginning of the riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Pro-Trump extremists, some of whom were armed, breached the building, resulting in 52 arrests and at least 56 police officer injuries.
Social-fiber, unity of our nation must be restored
January 8, 2021

While humans are unparalleled by other species in their ability to utilize logic, recent events such as the riot on Capitol Hill demonstrate a concerning and dangerous trend in American politics: the replacement...

Politipress: Accepting the election is in Republicans’ best interest

In the latest installment of Politipress, WSPN's Atharva Weling provides his take on the social and political unrest following President Trump's sustained legal losses in his fight to overturn the results of November's election.
January 8, 2021

After the Supreme Court declined to hear a suit filed by Texas’ attorney general attempting to overturn the results of November’s election, Texas GOP Chairman Allen West posted a response that sent...

In response to yesterday’s events at the Capitol

I was disgusted as I saw rioters storm the Capitol building.
Breaking down a bleak day in American history.
January 8, 2021

Yesterday was not a good day. Anyone with half a brain should know that statement is objectively true. Yesterday was not a protest; it was an attack. In fact, it was the third attack on Washington D.C....

Editorial: This is Trump’s America, and it is crumbling

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. is viewed from the balcony of the former Newseum on the National Mall on Nov. 24, 2019. Insurrectionists broke into the Capitol  during a Joint Session of Congress as Vice President Mike Pence received the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6, 2021.
Democracy threatened in heart of nation after violence ensues
January 7, 2021

WEB EXCLUSIVE Today was the most shocking day for the American people since Sept. 11, 2001 – our generation’s most striking equivalent so far. But instead of foreign terrorism threatening our country,...

Trump’s Double Standards Leave No Room for Peace

An empty and un-vandalized Capitol Hill stands before yesterday's insurrection.
Trump may have lost the election, but his refusal to concede makes more room for white supremacists to be heard and for hate to rise to power. 
January 7, 2021

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, pausing the Congressional counting of the Electoral College votes in order to ratify Joe Biden’s election as President of the United...

Two Americas: The contrasts between the U.S. Capitol and BLM protests

On Jan. 6, 2021, Trump supporters protested outside of Capitol Hill. Read Enzo Rovito's column for his thoughts.
January 7, 2021

The events of Jan. 6 strike many with a frightening familiarity of this past summer. On the front steps of our country’s democracy, a frightening insurrection took place in an attempt to “maintain...

Opinion: Violence at Capitol shows Trump at his worst

President Donald Trump, pictured here at a 2016 campaign rally, has continued to claim that he did not lose the 2020 election to Joe Biden.
January 7, 2021

On Wednesday night in Congress, senators voted 93-6 to reject the challenge to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory after immense pressure from President Donald Trump to sway the election. House members...

On Love of Country

The way we view our country can dramatically shift depending on the current political climate.
Is it possible to love America despite its horrifying flaws?
January 7, 2021

I’ve heard many of my friends mention moving abroad after college. We’ve discussed New Zealand and the United Kingdom and Canada, citing the tolerant culture and superior social programs in those countries. ...

March on D.C. by pro-Trump supporters proves white supremacy reigns supreme

ABC News telecast shows protesters storming the Capitol building as tensions rise between pro-Trump supporters and the federal government.
January 7, 2021

As Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election results came pouring in last night and today, the nation’s attention rapidly shifted away from the paramount Peach State. Today at 2:15 p.m., supporters of...

Don’t Visit Jeffrey Epstein’s House. And No, Don’t Post About It.

Sex traffick ring leader Jeffrey Epstein notoriously lured teenage girls into his mansion and sexually abused them for almost two decades on the island of Palm Beach. Since then, the compound has become a hangout for teenagers to boast about on social media.
January 7, 2021

I cross his street on my morning bike rides. I’ve eaten at the same restaurants as he has. I’m friends with girls from the schools he’s scouted at. So it’s not weird that my best friend chronicles...

Like and Share to Save His Life

Activism is essential to a thriving democracy, but social media can inundate us with the world's injustices.
How social media activism can leave us feeling traumatized and helpless
January 6, 2021

A few months ago, I had never heard of Brandon Bernard. But over the course of just a few days, I learned his story, familiarized myself with his case, his crime, and his punishment. Brandon was sentenced...

A Disproportionate Distribution

The COVID-19 vaccine should help the most vulnerable first, no matter their political status, income or nationality.
Status and wealth may be playing a dangerously large roll in COVID-19 vaccine distribution around the world.
January 5, 2021

As someone who nearly cries almost every time she has to get a shot, I never thought I would be so excited to get a needle jabbed into my arm. But weird times call for weird expectations, so, like most...

People of color have every reason to not trust the healthcare system—but vaccines are vital

Traumatizing medical history of minorities and distrust of government worries and angers people of color to the point of not receiving a vaccine.
January 5, 2021

New Year resolutions for 2021:  Get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Survive high school.  Get the COVID-19 vaccine. Get into college.  Get the COVID-19 vaccine.  Get the COVID-19 vaccine. Are you...

Tackling tokenism: minorities should never be reduced to our trauma

We often find ourselves reduced to our token minority existence, and feel we have to satisfy and answer every question of our minority existence, but we’re more than the ignorant words that come our way.
January 4, 2021

I just turned 18, it’s my senior year, and the end of November is right around the corner. Yes that’s right, if we do the math it’s none other than the season of giv- COLLEGE APPLICATIONS But...

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