When a former contestant on “The Apprentice” became a White House staff aide, it felt like the world was beginning to turn on its side (though, to be fair, the star of the show becoming president is probably the primary reason for why everything’s gone lopsided).
News broke last week that the Pentagon is in the early stages of planning a large military parade in Washington, D.C. after being directed to do so by President Donald Trump. The Trump administration has long desired a military parade.
As a gay man, I’ve heard the word “queer” used as an insult since childhood. The best definition I can come up with is to say that it is used to describe someone who doesn’t uphold the same norms of masculinity as their straight counterparts. The word stung, but I think it’s time to have a serious conversation discussing the future of the word “queer” in spaces as it relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual and possibly transgender individuals.
Earlier this semester, I discovered one of my classmates is a racist. While sitting in our shared discussion, she sent me messages that were simultaneously abhorrent and surprising. Furthermore, she did so by using a deeply offensive term. As she wrote to me in three separate, unexpected texts, “i’m also racist so that doesn’t help…not trynna get too dark over here but i don’t like n******…lol there’s a difference between blacks and n******.” She was an unambiguous, unapologetic racist.
“The barrier of loneliness: the palpable, desperate need of the human animal to be with his fellow man … up there is an enemy known as isolation” - Rod Serling.
The haunting nature of loneliness is vividly captured by Serling at the end of the very first episode of “The Twilight Zone,” in which a man finds himself trapped in a town with no people in it. While you and I will likely never experience such a frightening scenario, we can nonetheless realize the terror of such isolation.