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Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in the United States and across the world, the 2021 edition of the Summer Olympics have kicked off. Competitors from around the world are now in Japan looking to excel in their life long aspirations of sports. However, as with nearly every other topic in the space, the Olympics cannot be discussed without the political messages around them, which at times can make the Games difficult to enjoy. While the focus of the Olympic Games is placed on those in the arena, there are stories developing on the outside as well. For...

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Here we are again. Less than one year after civil unrest erupted across the United States and the world, there is a similar situation brewing once again in Minnesota as Officer Kim Potter shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright. Potter has since resigned and has been charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter. All mere miles from where Derek Chauvin’s trial continues for the murder of George Floyd. It is a situation that is all too familiar. For some, it is a matter that may have been thrust into your face for the first time when you saw Chauvin press...

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Sometimes a message needs to be heard or read multiple times for it to ring through to the person on the other end. Last week was another celebration of the birthday and life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Yet, there was something unsettling about this iteration of his birthday. Something that undoubtedly occurred in the past but was extra disgusting on January 18, 2021. The continued misuse of MLK’s quotes and legacies by those who stand directly opposed to the message and purpose he lived up until his life was tragically cut short. In a previous post, GWI discussed...

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The push against police brutality continues throughout the United States. Protests and demonstrations have occurred daily for months without any clear end in sight. And they should not, at least until some clear legislation is passed to address the continuing over-policing facing marginalized communities in the United States. Misinformation is one of the primary tactics used to push back against the efforts to drive police reform, with one of the main narratives focusing on the number of people killed by police officers. Unpacking those numbers show exactly why this tactic is yet another in the tired playbook use by racist...

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Black Lives Matter, Civil Rights, Grappling with Issues, Protests, Racism, Racism in America, Social Justice -

And it continues. As much of the United States is still dealing with a global pandemic, people are taking to the streets to demonstrate against police brutality and the needless killing of yet another African American. This time it was Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This situation has gravely escalated as 17-year old; Kyle Rittenhouse from Illinois traveled across state lines and has murdered two individuals and injured a third. Rittenhouse is a white male who in multiple videos has been shown talking and working with police officers in the area. This is a tragic situation and in no way...

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