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Take a Knee: Speech Considerations in the NFL
October 5, 2016

By: Cody “Tick” McElroy

Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team, has chosen to kneel rather than stand during the national anthem every game this season. Several other players in the NFL have joined in this protest, opting to take a knee as well. These actions have sparked heated debates on patriotism and have also drawn attention to the reason Kaepernick and others are protesting: police brutality and racial oppression in the United States. Disdain over NFL players’ protests of a treasured American custom has many citizens debating the limits of our right to free speech. (more…)

Exploring the Ferguson Effect: Myth or Material Fact?
October 5, 2016

By: Jacob Longman

When Officer Darren Wilson, having just tended to a baby with breathing problems, spotted Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson on August 9, 2014, the murder statistics in New York City were on their way down to a record low: 330.[1] [2]

“Unit 21. Put me on Canfield with two.” Wilson radioed. “And send me another car.” Seconds later, Brown, hit six times, lay dying in the street and the United States faced its toughest racial litmus test in decades. In the wake of Brown’s death, a divergent effect on criminal activity has emerged. While crime in general has continued to fall, violent crime has risen. (more…)