Hey Americans, here’s something that we can be happy be about. It turns out that we aren’t the only wealthy democracy that has a hard time getting young people to show up to the polls and vote.
In Canada, youth rights activists are trying to drum up excitement for the next general election, which takes place on October 19.
At stake is the future of the country, as the Conservative Party hopes to maintain their 10 year lock on power.
During the last general election in 2011, less than 39 percent of young people aged 18 to 24 voted. At the same time however, 75 percent of people aged 65 to 74 voted in the race.
The group VoteSavvy thinks those numbers are all wrong and set out to dramatically increase youth turnout for the 2015 election.
They released this funny video explaining why young people shouldn’t let their parents make all important decisions in their lives, including in the dating and political spheres.
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We’ve covered all the strange things that happen at Donald Trump rallies a lot recently.
With Trump still holding a commanding lead in the GOP primary (at least in national polls and in most state polls), it is important to know what his supporters think.
At a rally in Rock Hill, SC last Friday a Muslim woman named Rose Hamid was silently protesting Trump’s anti-refugee and pro racist policies was removed after standing up during the event. It became national news.
Hamid and other protestors were wearing yellow star shaped patches that seemed to be a reference to similar emblems worn by Jews in Nazi controlled termites during the Holocaust.
Reid Jeffries, a 21 year old native of Cincinnati and a student at the University of Mississippi was also at the same rally and he protested Trump in a truly hilarious way.
“I went to the Trump rally because I knew that years down the line, the whole world would look back at his campaign, whether successful or not, as important history,” Jeffries said in a message to RISE NEWS. “Also, we hear a lot about Trump via the media and I know that this isn’t the most fair representation of him as the media is bound to skew him one way or the other. So I knew by seeing him in person I would get a definite idea of what he is actually like.”
Jeffries said that he is moderately politically active. He’s worked as a House page for Republican Speaker John Boehner in the past but has since identified himself as an Independent.
Jeffries also loves pranks and decided to bring a “Trump likes Nickleback [sic]” (Nickelback is the proper spelling) sign to the rally, playing on the longstanding Internet meme.
Here’s what happened according to Jeffries:
“The event was electric. It started out like the Rolling Stones concert I went to earlier this year. The people there were full of energy and emotion. If you would have asked any one of them who was going to be the next president, every single one would have told you Trump without a stutter. When I talked to people individually they seemed normal. But when Trump spoke there was a mob mentality that came over them.”
After holding up his sign, Jeffries walked out in solidarity with the other protestors.
“When I walked out with one of the protestors, I remember people screaming ‘fuck you’, ‘terrorist’, ‘get the fuck out’. They were chanting USA which made no sense because I’m pretty sure he was an American citizen though I do not know this for certain.”
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Last August, the University of Alabama greek system was slammed for being too racially homogenous and weird in the way that it objectifies women after the Bama Alpha Phi chapter released a controversial recruitment video.
As a grad of Alabama who reported on the de-facto segregation in the greek system there, I can say that those claims of racial and gender inequity are fairly accurate.
Everyone on campus and in the community knows it and efforts to change the campus have been made in recent years. Perhaps that change hasn’t come fast enough (God knows, many out of state students don’t think it has) but there is progress.
Of course, since it was Alabama (a loaded word in our national lexicon)- national sources flocked to the video and slammed the sisters of Alpha Phi into taking it down.
Here’s a version of it though that is archived online: (the audio has been changed from the original)
Even the New York Times (!) reported on the “controversy” of the Alabama white girl video at the time.
The whole Internet got worked up about it because it fed a stereotype of the American South being a place where women aren’t empowered and Stepford Wives are created en masse.
Perhaps there is some tangential truth to that stereotype, but it is a stereotype nonetheless.
Yesterday, the University of Miami chapter of Delta Gamma released a video that is just as problematic as the Alabama one.
And yet there has not been the same outrage- at least not yet.
The Miami New Times described the Miami video as looking “more fabulous than Jennifer Lopez’s big-budget, Miami-shot music video for “I Luh Ya Papi” (except with fewer male models in Speedos, and more co-eds in bikinis).”
Is the Miami video better because there are a couple minority students in it and because it was filmed on Biscayne Bay?
That seems like a pretty weak argument to make if you support equality.
But you be the judge.
Is the Miami video just as bad as the Alabama video?
Is there a double standard in the way national media outlets cover issues relating to race and gender when talking about a Deep South school?
In the end, I’m a dude so I’m going to check my privilege on this one and would like to see what women think about it.
Tell us what you think in the comments below.
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