Weekly News Roundup: 11/30

The Racist Legacy of Woodrow Wilson

Dick Lehr, in The Atlantic, looks at the racist legacy of Woodrow Wilson with a particular focus on President Wilson’s “unprecedented segregation in federal offices”. Mr. Lehr’s piece coincides with arguments made by the Black Justice League at Princeton University. The Black Justice League is seeking to remove Woodrow Wilson’s name from the School of Public and International Affairs.

Resistance to Syrian Refugees Calls to Mind Painful Past for Japanese-Americans

The New York Times profiled Ms. Yuka Fujikura, whose father was detained by authorities following the Pearl Harbor attack. Ms. Fujikura said that recent rhetoric toward Syrian refugees reminded her of the mistreatment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Chicago Protests over Laquan McDonald’s Killing

Over 1,000 protesters in Chicago sought to shut down the Magnificent Mile during Black Friday shopping. The protest occurred following the release of a video that showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a police officer.

New Study Looks at the Brain When Impoverished

The Atlantic looked at a recent study in Science, which concluded that poverty harms peoples ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life. The author of the study concluded, “All the data shows it isn’t about poor people, it’s about people who happen to be in poverty. All the data suggests it is not the person, it’s the context they’re inhabiting.”

 

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Matthew Ryan is from Kansas City. He studied public health and economics at Saint Louis University. Prior to law school, he worked in Hartford, CT as a Jesuit Volunteer at a legal aid clinic. He is interested in health policy.

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