Here at NJ Spark, more than a dozen Rutgers students will be reporting on social injustices in and around the New Brunswick area.
However, these issues happen everywhere. Here’s some recent news highlights:
- Certain southern states have passed laws allowing the right to refuse service to same-sex couples. Some of these states are even debating the legalization of gay marriage. Christian journalist, Daniel Vasquez, asserts that this is a form of discrimination.
- Most of America is excited that Harriet Tubman, a female of color, will be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill in 2020. Journalist Paul Thornton highlights the contrast between the historical figures in this switch, pointing out that Jackson was a slave owner, while Tubman was a slave liberator.
- State authorities in Norway seized five children from their parents because of their Christian upbringing, saying the bible-based parenting style was causing the kids stress. Friends of the family say the parents were caring and responsible. Is this prosecution because the family’s beliefs do not align with with Norway’s secular political agenda?
- Harvard University, like many top colleges across the country, was built with the aid of enslaved African Americans.The student social group, Reclaim HLS, is running a campaign calling for the repayment of slaves’ labor by giving it to their descendants through reduced tuition.
- America has a history of fighting for freedom, independence, and fighting against those who try to control us. This idea of having control of our lives is deeply rooted in our culture, but does this play a role of society’s habit of blaming the victim?