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Barron: Worry About Black Lives, Not Respecting Officers

Protesters paint the streets red, to illustrates all the blood that has been spilled by the police at the District Attorney’s Office in  Salt Lake City on June 27, 2020. (Photo by Ivana Martinez | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

July 3, 2020

  In a Senate floor speech, Utah Senator Mike Lee spoke of a peaceful protest organized in Ogden after George Floyd’s murder. Quoting Malik Dayo, a local activist and organizer, Lee identified this protest as a solidarity rally, not an anti-cop rally, that honored Nate Lyday, a fallen Ogden police officer, alongside Floyd. Before yielding the floor, Lee...

Gholami: In the Modern Age of Surveillance, are our Civil Rights Under Attack?

Protesters come together to demand justice for Bernardo Palacios on 500 S. State St. chanting

By Samira Gholami, Opinion Writer

June 26, 2020

  Internet platforms’ abilities to share information is an immensely powerful tool, as seen in recent weeks with viral videos of police brutality. Though the violence isn’t new, the cameras being used to shed light on the issue are new. Social media users have skillfully employed their influ...

Gholami: Higher Education Still Has Much to Do in Addressing Racism

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By Samira Gholami, Opinion Writer

June 21, 2020

  Universities are typically thought of as bastions of progressive enlightenment where thinkers come together to make society better. Many people wouldn’t think that racist and bigoted rhetoric could originate from the ivory towers of academia, but I encountered many such topics in my time...

Cushman: We Cannot Stop Protesting the Death of George Floyd

A demonstrator,sign in hand, marches through the streets of Salt Lake City on Thursday night. (Photo by Gwen Christopherson | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By KC Ellen Cushman, Opinion Writer

June 17, 2020

  In 1991, L.A. police brutally beat Rodney King on the street. After a long history of police mistreatment of people of color, this act of police violence toward a Black man led to the L.A. riots. Nearly 30 years later, the United States is once again facing massive protests over institutional racism because of police brutality towards a Black man. The death of George Floyd h...

Scott: Six Steps to Better Allyship

A protester sings 'The Hanging Tree' from the the movie

By Elise Scott, Opinion Writer

June 16, 2020

  In the last two weeks, public support for the Black Lives Matter movement has skyrocketed. The protests — which a majority of Americans support — were sparked by the devastating murder of George Floyd and are the cries of a country in agony. It is disgraceful that it has taken heinous video af...

Barron: Defund, Not Abolish, the UUPD

Protesters gather at Guardsman Way to demand justice for victims of police brutality in Salt Lake City on June 6, 2020. (Photo by Ivana Martinez | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

June 15, 2020

  Following nationwide calls to defund the police and reallocate resources to invest in community services, UnsafeU, a student safety organization that has championed police reform at the U, has called for the abolishment of the University of Utah Police Department. According to the organiza...

Poma: Trump’s COVID-19 Immigration Policies Are Self-Serving at Best

President Donald Trump (Courtesy Flickr)

By Sasha Poma, Opinion Writer

June 14, 2020

  In March, Trump announced that he would close Canadian and Mexican borders until Easter – or at least until the pandemic subsides. In May, Trump announced that he would be extending the border closure “indefinitely,” and we have yet to see any developments. I speculated in an earlier op-ed that given his track record, Trump may not lift the ban any time soon, and so far, he’s ...

Scott: Shielding White Children From The Reality of Racism is a Failure

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By Elise Scott, Opinion Writer

June 12, 2020

  When I was in second grade, my teacher performed a rendition of Jane Elliott’s controversial "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise. The “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes” exercise takes a group of people, separates them by eye color, and proceeds to discriminate against one group while favoring the other...

Barron: How to Be an Ally as a White Student at the U

Anti-police protesters pose in front of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 4, 2020. (Photo by Manasij Mukherjee | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Morgan Barron, Opinion Writer

June 10, 2020

  Since George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a white police officer late last month, many of us have shared posts on social media wanting to highlight injustice, show support for protests and elevate black voices – but are white allies like myself doing enough to address racial injustice in ...

Gholami: #DisabledAndSaltyAF: COVID-19 Effects on Workers with Disabilities

Librarian Dale Larsen working showing how to do research online at the J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City, UT on Wednesday May 23, 2018. (Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Samira Gholami, Opinion Writer

June 10, 2020

  In recent months, working from home has been a blessing for some and a curse for others. Researchers at MIT took an early look at remote working in the U.S. during the pandemic and estimated that over one-third of the workforce shifted to telecommuting. Many employees like this change: one poll...

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