Monthly Archives: October 2011

What can Chief Illiniwek tell us about American citizenship?

In one of my other classes, we recently watched “In Whose Honor”—a documentary speaking on the long contested issue of Native American sports mascots across the United States.  The film followed Native American graduate student, Charlene Teters, as she protested … Continue reading

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Not everything has to deal with current events right?

I just want to start this post by saying, the greatest band of all time is Rage Against the Machine. The lead singer, Zach De La Rocha is brilliant as is the guitarist, Tom Morello. I seriously love them and … Continue reading

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Can the Government Kill its Own Citizens Without Due Process?

In recent months, we have seen several monumental events transpire in the Global War on Terror, as well as the Arab Spring uprising. United States forces have succeeded in killing Osama Bin Laden, and Muammar Gaddhafi has been killed by … Continue reading

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Marginal cases or Marginal citizens?

The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animas (or PETA for short) has filed a lawsuit claiming that SeaWorld has “enslaved” the killer whales that the park holds for performance. Any claim of slavery brings Shklar’s notion … Continue reading

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Are you ready for a fight? Do you care? And what the heck does “citizenship” have to do with anything?

Judy Shklar claims that to be a citizen, you have to earn and vote. You can infer from reading Douglass that he believes another element, action, may be necessary to be counted as a citizen. I hold a different position … Continue reading

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Taking Aung San Suu Kyi a Step Further: the Importance of Education in Burma

In an October 25th blog post written by beneikey, an attendee of Aung San Suu Kyi’s Skype session at Rackham Auditorium, the author mentions her statement that Americans have a tendency to take democracy for granted and how it is … Continue reading

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Forget the 1%

Occupy Wall Street. We’ve already seen those three words all over the place, including this blog. But what’s been wrong with these posts? The misconception of the 1% being separate from the 99%. Even though it is true that the … Continue reading

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7 Billion People, 7 Billion Citizens?

This year, Oct 31st won’t just mark the day of American rendition of the day celebrating the supernatural. This October 31st, there will be 7 BILLION PEOPLE ON EARTH (That is, plus or minus few days, weeks, months, or a … Continue reading

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What to the Black Citizen is the Fourth of July?

In the past couple lectures, we have been reading about the experiences of Frederick Douglass.  Though I found myself moved while reading his narrative, I found that what especially sparked ember deep within was “What to the Slave is the … Continue reading

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Aung San Suu Kyi and Citizenship.

So I just returned from the 21st Annual Wallenberg Medal and Lecture, where Aung San Suu Kyi received a Raoul Wallenberg Medal, given to those who show how “One person can make a difference.”. During the questions and answers section, which featured Aung … Continue reading

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