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Author: Kristen Leer

Shattering Glass: Kamala Harris is paving the way for all types of women to reach their dreams

There is a long-standing acknowledgment and pattern that when women take one step forward, women of color take two steps back. A “glass ceiling” is a metaphor used to represent an invisible barrier that prevents women from rising beyond a certain level in a hierarchy. Minority women often find the most difficulty in “breaking the glass ceiling” because they exist at the intersection of two historically marginalized groups: women and people of color. When women first began to entire spaces of economic and social power that were historically occupied by White men, it was recognized that those women were...

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Life after COVID-19: Milwaukee needs to develop a support system for coronavirus survivors

Amid the rise of COVID-19 cases happening within Wisconsin, and further concerns about the inevitable second wave approaching over the winter season, many state residents continue to avoid the seriousness of the pandemic and its consequences. Even with President Trump contracting SARS-CoV-2, which causes the COVID-19 coronavirus, there is still a mentality of “I will be able to survive this,” rather than, “I don’t want to put others at harm.” How can one shift this perspective when there is criticism with President Trump, himself, putting others at risk despite contracting the virus. Understanding that this might be a longer...

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Patriot or Domestic Terrorist: Why Americans are unable to use some words to describe fellow citizens

Domestic terrorism is defined as violent acts that are committed by individuals or groups with the goal to further ideologies that stem from domestic influences, such as those with a political, religious, social, racial, or environmental nature. Since the Kenosha shooting, the nation has been struggling to contextualize and label a 17-year-old White teen who killed two individuals, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, and injured one other, Gaige Grosskreutz. The shooter has been labeled a White Supremacist, a hero, a racist, a patriot, a Trump loyalist, a radical militia member, a Blue Lives Matter supporter, and such. As the...

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Kristen Leer: COVID-19 and My Generation

When the COVID-19 pandemic began to emerge within the United States, my peers and I were beginning our Spring semester at UW-Milwaukee (UWM). Even though the buzz about COVID-19 was starting to appear more frequently on social media and newsfeeds, as students were ultimately preoccupied with our university lives. It was not until the week before Spring Break that more direct commentaries and criticisms were being made about the reactions from my peers. While some students still wanted to go on their spring break vacations, despite the risk of exposure, others were calling to get ticket refunds. Many were...

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Imagine Being a Child: How trauma impacts the youngest members of Kenosha’s Black Community

Jacob Blake was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer on August 23. The story of Jacob Blake is still developing. Leaving those details aside, I want to talk about the other individuals who were inches away from this shocking event, Blake’s children. Blake’s children are what makes this case even more shocking, and what is being emphasized in news articles titled, “Wisconsin police shoot Black man as children watch from a car” and social media reposts showing humanizing pictures of Blake with his four young boys. News of a person being shot is already hard to hear....

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