Nearly two weeks ago, Oprah Winfrey gave an unquestionably moving speech, calling on leaders — especially those in Hollywood— to end a culture of sexual harassment and assault. Out of this rose the #Oprah2020 hashtag along with a debate we shouldn’t be having: Should Winfrey run for president?
Earlier this month, H&M sparked outrage when an image appeared on its online store featuring a Black child modeling a sweatshirt that read “coolest monkey in the jungle.” Two white child models were featured on the site also wearing jungle-themed sweatshirts, but their sweatshirts did not reference monkeys.
In the wake of President Donald Trump calling Haiti, El Salvador and nations in Africa “shithole countries” when discussing immigration policy, people from these countries have been extolled by figures in the media as having an unparalleled resiliency, especially compared to a president who has never had to make a serious effort at achieving anything.
By targeting women, minorities and other vulnerable populations through his tweets and public comments, President Trump has begun to cement his legacy as a bully more than a role model, despite being in office for less than one year.
Prior to last week’s college football national championship game, President Donald Trump took the field for the national anthem. White House officials likely hoped the appearance would help boost an embattled president, but the plan backfired when TV cameras caught Trump mumbling as he sang along, leading many observers to conclude that Trump did not know the words.
I spent the majority of my Winter Break watching CNN while doing some reading. It felt like every few seconds, I was hit with a “breaking” story that made me turn my eyes toward the television. Then, I was spun around by a ringing notification from the New York Times telling me there’s another story I have to read. Before I can even open the app, I would get an email telling me that there’s another news story that requires my attention.