Karen Johnson, a white woman living in McLean, VA recently displayed a Black Lives Matter sign on her living room window. Johnson and her family moved to the ninety-six percent white neighborhood eleven years ago ostensibly because it was in a good school district.

“With all of the racial injustice in the world right now, I want to send a message to every Black person passing by my house that their lives matter,” Johnson said, unaware that no Black person has passed through her street in over a year.

To further demonstrate her commitment to fighting racial injustice, Johnson posted…


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NASHVILLE, TN — Taylor Swift is reportedly feuding with herself. The 89-year-old pop star released her 59th studio album yesterday titled I’m the Victim. The first single, I Never Forget, is about an elderly woman fighting with her reflection in the mirror.

Though Swift has not confirmed that the woman she sings about in the song is in fact herself, fans point to specific lyrics to support this theory. “He fought with me/And now he’s six feet under/But I’m still here/And I never forget,” Swift sings. Fans were quick to notice that the album was released on…


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This week marks two years since the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA. On the evening of August 12, 2017 — just hours after a peaceful counter-protester was killed at a Nazi rally in Charlottesville, and less than a full day since Tiki-torch wielding Nazis invaded the University of Virginia campus — the magazine Real Simple posted an article on its Facebook page highlighting the best college in every state. As a resident of Virginia, I know that one of my state’s schools, UVA, ranks number one on several lists. I clicked on the link, curious to see if…


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Ilhan Omar, a Democratic congresswoman representing Minnesota’s 5th district, took office in January 2019. She received media attention for being the first Somali-American and one of the first — along with fellow freshman Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib — Muslim women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The following month she received media attention for a very different reason: a series of anti-Semitic tweets. On November 16, 2012 Omar had tweeted: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” The tweet employed the anti-Semitic trope of Jews using magic…


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On February 6, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled to uphold the involuntary manslaughter conviction of then-17 year old Michelle Carter for the 2014 suicide of Conrad Roy III. The pair, both from Massachusetts, met in Florida in 2012 while visiting relatives and began dating. He was 16; she was 15. Though they lived about 35 miles apart, Carter and Roy only saw each other three other times in person. Their interactions took place through texts and phone conversations throughout their on-and-off relationship.

Both Carter and Roy struggled with mental illness. Carter suffered from an eating disorder, took Prozac and Celexa…

Aliza Epstein

A native of the Washington, DC area, Aliza Epstein is a non-profit manager by day and an aspiring writer by night.

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