Democracy To Me Is….

  Democracy is defined as “rule by [the] people” yet it can be different from a person to a person. Democracy may be viewed differently based on an individual’s experience. For my final project, I made a collage of what democracy means to me. From my lens, democracy includes all types of people: the youth, families, and the elderly. Democracy is about allowing them to voice their rights and opinions

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Racism and Democracy

On Thursday, October 24th, The Graduate Center housed a Racism and Democracy Event that discuss all that is preventing us from being a real democracy. Moderator, Johnetta Betsch Cole (President, National Council of Negro Women), lead an informative conversation with panelists, Jelani Cobb (Staff Wright, The New Yorker), Jessie Daniels (Graduate Center & Hunter College Professor of Psychology and Sociology), Mary Hooks (Southerners on New Ground), and Bitta Mostofi (Mayors

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The Intersectionality of Race and Democracy

Simply walking into the CUNY Graduate Center, there is a sense of immediacy and importance present. When I was seated at the front of the room with my fellow peers, right in front of the panelists, that urgency was everywhere.  “The personal is political, especially when we’re thinking about liberation and freedom,” said Mary Hooks.  Although each panelist brought some really unique ideas to the discussion, I was most interested

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Does Democracy exist in today’s society?

From what I have learned from Dr. Bianca Williams’s presentation, I will define democracy as a political power in which all social beings are allowed to exist and participant in a particular society as a whole. I do believe democracy and liberation are synonymous. “For the people, by the people,” speaks out for me when I think of democracy since resources must be made available to better the people that

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What Democracy Means to Me?

De·moc·ra·cy /dəˈmäkrəsē/ noun a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Democracy is a system of government by and for the whole population of a state. The definition goes on to clarify that the government may limit eligibility to members of the country. As a citizen of the United States who is eligible to vote, I imagine a

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Interpreting democracy and liberation as a whole.

When many hear about liberation, they correlate it to democracy and the pursuit of it. Although the norm of the two are referenced side by side, they differ in not only value, but its meaning. Yet if you ask different people from different parts of the world, they each would have a different definition of what constitutes democracy. Liberation, on the other hand may be defined more narrowly as a

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Sacrificing Democracy for…

I think we are led to believe that democracy and liberty are synonymous, when in reality, they are not. Democracy is defined as a system of government in which the whole population or all the eligible members of a state get a say in who runs the community. The people in charge are typically chosen through elected representatives. To extrapolate, you could argue that democracy is greater when individuals vote

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Democracy?

  Ever since our last meeting, the questions on Democracy have been in my mind constantly. These questions caused partial writers block. I didn’t know what to write because I didn’t even know my own opinion. I  struggled answering because I couldn’t fathom what this perfect democracy was. These weeks just stirred a series of question that I still ponder about. What is a perfect democracy? Have we had it

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Democracy Reified by Climate Crisis Activism

Our democracy does not exist separate from our country’s colonial transgressions. Colonialism brought rise to our current economic system: capitalism. Considering that capitalism is a child of colonialism, it logically suffers the same issues of colonialism: racism, sexism, ableism, and specism. Our democracy is entangled in this capitalism, meaning it is entangled with racism, sexism, ableism, and specism. For a democracy to hold place, it at its core needs to

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