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–The tiny coastal town of Surfside is under dire threat from the impacts of sea level rise.
-Surfside’s Mayor, Daniel Dietch, knows this and thinks that it is likely that the town will eventually become uninhabitable.
-But that doesn’t mean that the town is sinking quietly into the sea.
-Dietch and the town council punch above their weight in drawing attention to the crisis.
-And Dietch cuts a unique figure as he skateboards around the town in his suit and tie.
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By Setareh Baig
10 years ago today, Kanye West went on live television and told the world that George Bush doesn’t care about black people.
On September 2, 2005, four days after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the nation, in front of 8.5 million viewers, his sentiment reflected the frustrations of the American people in response to the failure of the federal government to provide aid to the thousands of victims of the category 5 hurricane.
“I hate the way they portray us in the media,” West said during the Concert For Hurricane Relief, NBC’s live broadcast to aid victims. “If you see a black family it says they’re looting, if you see a white family, it says they’re looking for food.”
At the time, the show’s producers and viewers dubbed the moment as controversial television. Today, it is considered one of the most iconic moments in television history.
Looking back ten years later, we can see how the rest of West’s speech was equally controversial to the George Bush line, as he criticized the Iraq war and acknowledged the disparity in the way media treats black victims and white victims.
Ten years later, #Bushdid911 broke barriers of conspiracy theory status to becoming a widespread Internet movement and joke in its own right. As the topic of police brutality and the killing of black people at the hands of the state have been brought to the forefront of political discussion, West’s ideas on the unfair media portrayal of black people are increasingly relevant today.
“We realize that a lot of people that could help right now are at war fighting another way—they’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us,” West said in 2005.
West’s veracity in that moment has become a casual topic in the realm of pop culture as well. Two nights ago at the MTV Video Music Awards, West announced he’s running for president in 2020. Jokes aside about the delivery of his speech, West’s raw emotions have cascaded into a cultural movement for a younger generation to fight to be heard.
“This is a new mentality. We’re not gonna control our kids with brands. We not gonna teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids,” West said at the VMA’s. “We gonna teach our kids that they can be something. We gonna teach our kids that they can stand up for theyself! We gonna teach our kids to believe in themselves!”
While West isn’t necessarily a master of delivery in these unplanned and sincere moments, maybe he doesn’t have to be, as long as we take a step back and listen.
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By Staff Report
Student government elections are a favorite of ours to cover because of all the funny stuff that happens.
And there are few SGA elections this year that are more interesting then the one taking place at the University of Alabama.
Coming off an historic election last year which saw the election of the first African-American SGA president at UA in over 30 years, people are paying attention to see what happens next.
And while most of the campaigning on campus is fairly serious, one candidate is trying to have a little fun along the way.
His name is Ben Leake and he wants you take a piss and vote for him.
Don’t believe us? Just want his campaign video. You won’t be disappointed:
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Hong Kong Government Tries To Bar Young Lawmakers From Serving In Office After They Call China “Chee-Na”By Staff Report
The Government of Hong Kong submitted a legal writ to a court on the island late Tuesday in an effort to bar the entry of two young pro-democracy lawmakers from taking office in the Legislative Council.
The submission of the legal challenge is seen as an escalation of the conflict that has been raging over the past weeks.
The conflict stems from the way in which Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung Chung, two elected officials from the Youngspiration movement chose to take their oaths of office.
According to the Hong Kong Free Press, the two young leaders referred to China as “Chee-na”, which many saw as an insult to the ruling government.
The government seeks to supersede the power of the President of the Legislative Council by refusing the two lawmakers the chance to retake their oaths and serve in the body.
Yau and Leung are both supporters of “localism” and are in opposition to the ruling government.
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