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Kansas license plate recall

December 3, 2018

In the wake of complaints concerning racial slurs on license plates, the Kansas Department of Revenue is recalling hundreds of active registrations. The Kansas Department of Revenue has announced that there are 731 plates that cont...

Kevin Willmott set to speak on racism

Sarah Miller

September 10, 2018

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History of Marijuana

Emily Unruh

April 22, 2018

When Leslie Knope, the beloved personality from Parks and Rec weighed in on the marijuana debate she said, “I would like to be president someday, so no I haven’t smoked marijuana.”Leslie then described her “indescribable brownie” in college, but luckily for Knope, marijuana’s popularity is on the rise among American adults, and is expected to increase in the future according to several surveys from LiveScience.A Gallup poll released in July 2017 reported that “forty-five percent of adults in the US have used marijuana at least once in their lives,” the all-time highest percentage in the history of that question.The fastest growing age group is young adults ages 18 to 29, and according to Deborah Hasin, one of study authors and a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, the rates of use are also increasing among middle-age and older adults. No matter what you call it, weed, cannabis, or pot, the use of marijuana is quickly becoming more acceptable and the in the wake of 420, the history of this drug in the US is a rocky road.This “go-to pop culture punch line” is the foundation of a “growing recreational and medicinal industry” according to NPR.The ACLU writes that it is also the reason for more than half of the drug arrests in the US, the vast majority of these arrests (commonly for possession) are African-Americans, despite similar rates of usage among whites and blacks, the ACLU says.Early forms of the drug in the 19th century, among news reports and medical journal articles usually use the formal name, cannabis. It is only in the 20th century when anti-cannabis factions wanted to tie the drug to anti-immigrant sentiments that the term “marijuana” became popularized and the government began the crackdown on the “locoweed,” writes NPR.A world caught in the middle of dangerous otherizing of a population combined the fear of a drug to spur the public to take action against the “marijuana menace.” This combination became the base of restrictions in states, and finally federal prohibition.

#MakeASongWhiter causes stir on Twitter

Alexis Simmons

May 23, 2016

After Chris Hardwick of Comedy Central’s "Midnight" challenged users of Twitter to #MakeASongWhiter, the social media site exploded into a social justice battleground. Rap and hip-hop music are where many of the puns and...