Saturday, December 27, 2014

Anti-Heroes of the Year (2014)

By Shingi Mavima (SM) and Maximo Anguiano (MZA)
                          2014: the year of the institutional anti-hero

Last year, we introduced our anti-hero list. Because poor decisions at best and evil at worst are not going anywhere, we are back with our 2014 edition. Readers will notice almost immediately that, compared to the 2013 list, this year features less individuals and more collective Anti-heroic forces; from the NFL to ISIS, political parties to incompetent lawmen. Without further ado, let's get into it.

10) Obama's Tan Suit

Thursday, December 18, 2014

George Stinney Jr and the Case for Abolishing the Death Penalty

So a U.S. circuit court has exonerated the case of George Stinney Jr, a 14-year old Black boy who was hastily convicted of murder and subsequently executed? But the reality is, George Stinney Jr is already dead and he ain’t coming back. Real exoneration would be to abolish the death penalty and ensure that “fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process” never occur again. But this will never be; because the U.S. will never do away with the legalized murdering of Black & Brown men in a society that falsely demands an eye for an eye retribution.

Why else did we allow the general public to gawk at the execution of death row inmates, similar to public lynchings carried out by hit squads?