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Author: Pardeep Kaleka

The Post Traumatic States of America and our communal fear

The tragedy in Parkland, Florida continued the recent trend of nearly one school shooting for every school day in America. While suffering, pain, and trauma has always been a part of our human experience, it seems lately we are being constantly bombarded by bad news. Everywhere we turn there are scrolling headlines of hate and constant memes of misery. This latest tragedy involved a known threat, who took the lives of 17 people with the use of an AR-15 assault rifle. Immediately, the trauma loop began. Denial and disbelief, prayers and condolences, anger over legislation, rationalization of the shooter’s...

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Seeing Lent through the lens of a Non-Christian perspective

Being raised as a non-Christian person of faith in a Christian-dominated society has always been a navigational challenge, and with the politics-infused dogma of the latest political cycle it will remain so. I recall the first time attending Sunday mass as a boy. I was about 12 years old and my friend’s grandmother insisted that I attend with their family. She was well meaning and my immigrant parents obliged. When we got to the church, most of my thinking revolved around the differences between my experience with Sikhism and exposure to Christianity. We sit on the floor, and Christians...

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Smartphone habits of kids becoming a danger to Milwaukee’s public education

One of the most pressing questions parents face these days is when do we purchase our child’s first mobile phone. This parental decision can be equated to the past pressures of when do we allow our child to get their driver’s license or start dating. My daughter just turned 12 years old and she asks about all sorts of things. Lately, her inquiry has centered around when will I purchase her first mobile phone. She constantly talks about her friends who have had smartphones for years already, and paints her mother and father as unreasonable because we are making...

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Trump, his Shadow Self, and our own dark denial

It has become painfully clear to the world that our President is racist. Using words to describe his temperament is the first step to defining his condition. Hanging a label around his neck offers a type of relief that exonerates our personal anxiety about the situations surrounding him. But it does not address the lingering issues beyond Trump, that persist in a world where we see ourselves and others through the lens of comparative worth. The toxicity of viewing another human as having less or more worth than another is nothing new. Even a superficial look through a history...

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The Survivors of Sandy Hook, Denial, and the Ache of Remembrance

December 14 marks the five-year remembrance of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, which took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults, marking the unimaginable turning into a very dark reality. Like most, I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news. I was teaching class that morning when a colleague came into my classroom to inform me of the ongoing coverage. A gunman had walked into an Elementary school in Connecticut and was murdеring children. The news immediately triggered things locked away inside me. In an instant I was reliving the mass-murder that took...

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Las Vegas shows we learn nothing except how to rationalize massacres

On October 2, Milwaukee and the country woke to the nauseating feelings behind yet another act of dоmеstіc tеrrоrism, with the headlines reading “Las Vegas attack is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.” At 10:08 pm Las Vegas local time the night before, the Route 91 Harvest Festival erupted in gunfire. A consistent onslaught of rifle-fire riddled the crowd, as people were trampled attempting to avoid the assault. Reports continue to change because the situation is still developing, but latest information has 59 dеаd and 527 hurt. Consistent to the modus operandi of other mass shootings in recent...

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