The fallacy of the vegan diet

Brandi Hutchinson | Staff Writer Attention all vegans, vegetarians, and healthy eaters: It is a common misconception that food produce that is vegan or vegetarian, withholding dairy and meat, are automatically healthy, but that isn’t always the case. Did you know that Oreos are vegan? As well as Starburst candies, Skittles, Doritos, Pringles and Pot Noodle soup. It is very easy for vegans and vegetarians to believe that they are overall healthy eaters just because they exclude meats from their diets. However, that is a common mistake. Many unhealthy vegan snacks are loaded with sugar, fats and sodium. Ridding your … Continue reading The fallacy of the vegan diet

Respect trans and non-binary people

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer Jacquelyn Martin | Associated Press Recently, there has been a lot of hateful rhetoric said about individuals who don’t identify themselves on the traditional binary spectrum of gender, as well as people who don’t conform to the tradition norms of gender roles. These people often consider themselves to be transgender or non-binary/genderqueer. There has been a lot of disrespect going around on social media with people proclaiming that even if they were told a person’s personal pronouns, they would still call them by their birth-assigned pronouns. In my opinion, that is very disrespectful and shouldn’t … Continue reading Respect trans and non-binary people

The United States’ responsibility

Lindsay Keener | Staff Writer I have often wondered what it is about America that makes this country so admirable. Is it the American Dream? The idea of the melting pot? Our open arms? If so, America is losing its best traits. The current treatment of asylum seekers at the border wall by the Trump administration has been nothing but unsatisfactory. Children are being separated from their parents, families are met with tear gas and the United States has closed the border crossing. Many of the men, women and children are coming to the United States in hopes that they … Continue reading The United States’ responsibility

Black feminism vs. white feminism

Kyra Robinson | Opinion Editor Feminism has become prominent in our far more liberal society, but like many social justice issues, there still remains a racial barrier that is very difficult to penetrate. Mainstream feminism history begins with women such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who were leaders in the suffrage movement and Margaret Sanger who was the founder of Planned Parenthood. However, this history does not resonate with black women because black women could not even vote until the 1960s, and the origins of Planned Parenthood are not exactly so kind to the black community with … Continue reading Black feminism vs. white feminism

The normalization of shootings in America

Kennedi Williams | Staff Writer Max Ortiz | Associated Press It seems that every time we turn on the television, we see another tragedy. We find out about shootings taking place in common, frequented areas such as schools or religious centers. They happen so often, that we, as a country, are becoming desensitized to them, and a lot of them are not even making the national news. Whenever a shooting occurs, the same routine happens where people express their condolences the first few days but then stop thinking about it within the next week. Why is this? Why are these … Continue reading The normalization of shootings in America

The black right: They have been here

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer With some members of the black community – celebrities and regular citizens alike – expressing their support for President Donald Trump, black conservatives’ voices have gotten louder on social media platforms. To others, it seems these minorities are supporting a conservative leader who is seemingly against everything that would benefit them. However, it is important to know this occurrence is not anything new. Directly after slavery, the black community stood more with the Republican Party. As time progressed and the political parties started to shift, there was still a conservative hub within the black community. … Continue reading The black right: They have been here

College can be tough, but you’re tougher

Ryland Staples | Staff Writer College can be a lot of different things for different kinds of people. Believe me when I tell you that you will meet those people as you matriculate though Hampton. For one thing, you will find people who are here to get involved and spread their name throughout campus. The kinds of people you’ll see at every football game, 12-2 and all the other events around campus. The kinds of people who are involved with groups such as SGA and SLP, which isn’t a bad thing at all. These are the people potential students will … Continue reading College can be tough, but you’re tougher