The United States’ political system was founded on the cultural myth that anyone with the skills and ability can rise to lead their community — almost half of the elected representatives to the first U.S. Congress, though, served alongside a blood relative. Since the U.S. became an independent republic in 1789, almost 400 parent-child pairs and more than 190 pairs of siblings have served in Congress. Overall, more than 700 families have had two or more members elected to Congress.
The Central Student Government recently published a “Campus Affordability Guide,” a now-deleted document that consists of advice and resources to help students more effectively control their spending during their time in Ann Arbor.
Does sexual harassment truly merit professional decapitation? That’s what NYTimes columnist Bret Stephens wants to know. As does Matt Damon. And apparently, according to New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino, it’s besieging her own medial specialist’s conscience. I wonder what skeletons he’s got in his closet.
Last week, I attended a town hall meeting hosted by Stop Spencer at the University of Michigan, which was set up in order to discuss Richard Spencer’s impending visit to campus. I wanted to catch myself up on the current situation, the likelihood he would actually come and to understand the University’s response to this saga.
The recently published Campus Affordability Guide by the University of Michigan’s Central Student Government has produced understandable and justifiable backlash. Affordability in Ann Arbor is a structural issue and will hardly be solved by suggesting students spend less money.
If you’re white, you may not see it happening, but I want you to know our democracy is in a real crisis. By definition, a democracy is a government in which people participate. People of color are living with unimaginable oppression, and while you may say, “I’ve heard this before,” I contend you may be mistaken.