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The Spring 2022 edition has been spotted at the Rec! Where will you pick up yours?
04/25/2022

The Spring 2022 edition has been spotted at the Rec! Where will you pick up yours?

Coming soon to a newsstand near you…
04/24/2022

Coming soon to a newsstand near you…

04/22/2022

Watch UA Nuance preview their headlining song from tomorrow night’s concert: “Kiss ‘Em Goodbye” for a faculty reception today. The concert is 4/23 at 7:30 PM at E.J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission.

We had so much fun paining a study room for adopt a study room. Stay tuned to see the finished product! Also head over t...
04/12/2022

We had so much fun paining a study room for adopt a study room. Stay tuned to see the finished product!
Also head over to our website to check out the latest stories!!

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Did you check out Dear World while they were on campus? What did you think of it? Check out more at the link below!
02/28/2022
A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

Did you check out Dear World while they were on campus?
What did you think of it?

Check out more at the link below!

On Jan. 26, 2022, Dear World visited The University of Akron’s campus to encourage students to look within and share their stories with the world. “We believe that if we can share more meaningful stories with everyone, with a complete stranger, we can build a vulnerable and authentic connection ...

The Buchtelite is looking for student created art of all mediums to feature on the cover of The Buchtelite’s upcoming pr...
02/23/2022

The Buchtelite is looking for student created art of all mediums to feature on the cover of The Buchtelite’s upcoming print edition.
Medium to be considered should be emailed to [email protected]

“Taking Care Week” starts today and is running until Feb. 25 all over campus. Click below to find more information about...
02/21/2022
The University of Akron Counseling and Testing Center Hosts 11th Annual “Taking Care Week” to Encourage and Facilitate Self-Care

“Taking Care Week” starts today and is running until Feb. 25 all over campus.
Click below to find more information about this weeks events!

For many University of Akron students, a busy semester makes students feel tired and overworked. To combat this fatigue, the Counseling and Testing Center is hosting their 11th annual “Taking Care Week.” This weeklong event will take place throughout campus to help students mentally, physically,...

Tonight at 7p.m. UA Alumni Matthew A. Cherry will be interviewed on campus during a Q&A. Click the link to find out how ...
02/21/2022
Q&A with Filmmaker Matthew Cherry February 21, Student Union

Tonight at 7p.m. UA Alumni Matthew A. Cherry will be interviewed on campus during a Q&A.
Click the link to find out how students can attend!

https://buchtelite.com/41386/news/qa-with-filmmaker-matthew-cherry-february-21-student-union/#

Feb. 21, 2022 at 7p.m. will mark the return of one of The University of Akron’s most famous alumni. As part of Rethinking Race: Black, White, and Beyond, noted Writer, Director, Producer, and Editor Matthew A. Cherry will be interviewed on campus during a Q&A. The event will be held in the Jean Ho...

Librarians at Bierce Library Sean Kennedy and Mike Monaco use a 2021 grant to create a family study room. Check out what...
02/08/2022
Bierce Library Reinvents the Curriculum Center for Families and Students

Librarians at Bierce Library Sean Kennedy and Mike Monaco use a 2021 grant to create a family study room.

Check out what they did at the link below!

Bierce Library is known for its features for students. From the bean bags on the ground floor to the Starbucks and the study rooms, the library is a safe place for people to study and meet up with friends. Now, it has a special space for families as well. The ground floor of Bierce Library...

Have you seen “Tragedy of Macbeth” yet? Check out Jaina’s latest review!
01/27/2022
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” Review: A Modern Masterpiece on a Classic Tale

Have you seen “Tragedy of Macbeth” yet?

Check out Jaina’s latest review!

When I heard that one of my favorite directors, Joel Coen, would be making a film version of the play with a star-studded cast including Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, I was all in. I was completely blown away by the entire film. One of my core memories of middle school and high school was...

According to Jaina, our film critic, ‘Scream’ was “enough to make any horror fan burst with excitement.”Have you seen th...
01/26/2022
“Scream” Review: The Franchise is Alive Again in a Killer Way

According to Jaina, our film critic, ‘Scream’ was “enough to make any horror fan burst with excitement.”
Have you seen the movie yet?

Ghostface is back and more powerful than ever with the newest adaptation of “Scream”, now out in theaters. “Scream” takes place 25 years after the original film. A new killer dons the mask of Ghostface and starts to attack the family members tied to the original killings. The cast is a mix o...

Check out how students at UA made the best of their snow day❄️https://buchtelite.com/41340/arts_entertainment/ua-student...
01/25/2022
UA Students Take on Winter Storm Izzy with Snowball Fights

Check out how students at UA made the best of their snow day❄️

https://buchtelite.com/41340/arts_entertainment/ua-students-take-on-winter-storm-izzy-with-snowball-fights/

While Ohio weather typically warrants some snow, the winter storm Izzy had record snowfall that took Ohio residents by surprise. Most people would panic during a level-two emergency, but students at The University of Akron took it upon themselves to make the best of it. On Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m. the Z...

Our Fall 2021 print edition is OFFICIALLY HERE and available across campus now 💃🏻 You can grab a copy in the Student Uni...
12/01/2021

Our Fall 2021 print edition is OFFICIALLY HERE and available across campus now 💃🏻

You can grab a copy in the Student Union, Kolbe Hall, or Bierce Library today and we’ll have some in Polsky by tomorrow! We are incredibly proud of our team this semester, everyone worked so hard on this 🤍

Anyone interested in joining The Buchtelite in Spring 2022, please reach out to our Editor-in-Chief LeKesha via email at [email protected] for more information! We are looking for reporters and to fill some editor roles as well, as some of our team will be graduating next week! (Congrats Ashleigh, Stephanie, & McKenzie!)

Wishing you all a painless finals week and a safe and happy holiday break. Thank you for your support and be sure to tag us in your favorite articles after you snag a print edition! 💕

According to Jaina, "Bad acting and unnecessary plotlines dominate the second installment of the 'Halloween' reboot tril...
11/04/2021
“Halloween Kills” Review: Gory Kills are the Only Redeemable Quality

According to Jaina, "Bad acting and unnecessary plotlines dominate the second installment of the 'Halloween' reboot trilogy." Did you catch the latest film yet? Let us know in the comments!

After a year hiatus after the new installment of “Halloween” (2018) came out, “Halloween Kills” is here, and it is a bit of a mess. “Halloween Kills” continues the new trilogy of “Halloween” movies that follows Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) nearly 40 years after her encounter with...

On Nov. 11, the University of Akron Theatre Guild will present their production of “12 Incompetent Jurors,” a parody of ...
11/02/2021
’12 Incompetent Jurors’ performed by UA’s Theatre Guild Opens Nov. 11

On Nov. 11, the University of Akron Theatre Guild will present their production of “12 Incompetent Jurors,” a parody of “12 Angry Men.” Read more about this inclusive organization and how you can get involved.

On Nov. 11, the University of Akron Theatre Guild will present their production of “12 Incompetent Jurors,” a parody of “12 Angry Men.” Typically, the theatre guild presents one production during each semester and differs from The University of Akron’s theatre program. Secretary/Co-Direc...

According to Jaina, our film critic, "The best way to watch 'Lamb' is to know little to no plot information beforehand."...
11/02/2021
“Lamb” Review: A Weird and Sincere Twist of Drama

According to Jaina, our film critic, "The best way to watch 'Lamb' is to know little to no plot information beforehand." Have you had a chance to catch A24's new bizarre twist of drama? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Throughout the entire month of October, I will be reviewing highly anticipated horror, drama and science fiction films. To start the month off, I will be discussing the new A24 film, “Lamb” directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson. The best way to watch “Lamb” is to know little to no plot informatio...

The in-person training sessions took place from Oct 22 to Oct 24 to provide opportunities for students to gain real-worl...
10/26/2021
American Red Cross Offers Lifeguard Course and Certifications for UA Students

The in-person training sessions took place from Oct 22 to Oct 24 to provide opportunities for students to gain real-world skills pertaining to safety and aid in emergency situations.

This fall, the American Red Cross University of Akron provides the opportunity to take lifeguard courses for University of Akron full-time students. Those intending to fulfill lifeguard positions for the University of Akron are required to complete this program. Students must honor the online pre-co...

Black Amethyst Tattoo Company Akron is out to change the face of the tattoo industry while utilizing the marketing power...
10/21/2021
Akron-Based Woman-Owned Tattoo Studio Aims to Create a Safe Space for All

Black Amethyst Tattoo Company Akron is out to change the face of the tattoo industry while utilizing the marketing power of TikTok, with clients traveling as far as 11 hours to get a tattoo.

Disclosure: I am currently a social media management intern at Black Amethyst Tattoo Company. Black Amethyst Tattoo Company is an Akron– based, appointment– only tattoo studio, founded by Akron native Erica Rose, 31, in 2016. Not only is the owner and founder of Black Amethyst a woman, but the s...

We're still highlighting unique and fashionable outfits worn by UA students and faculty on campus! Students and faculty ...
10/20/2021
UA’s Fashion Trendsetters

We're still highlighting unique and fashionable outfits worn by UA students and faculty on campus! Students and faculty can email their submissions to [email protected] to be featured in the column.

College of Business students, Alex Evans and Jake Heflin, were pictured flaunting their unique styles at 69 Taps on Paul Williams St. The couple of more than five years attract attention wherever they go with their contrasting, distinctive, and contemporary take on fashion. On this night, Alex was b...

Seven UA offices were transformed by faculty and staff into a ‘90s block party for homecoming! If you missed it, check o...
10/19/2021
Photo Essay: University Offices Deck Themselves Out for Homecoming

Seven UA offices were transformed by faculty and staff into a ‘90s block party for homecoming! If you missed it, check out our photo gallery showcasing the offices and let us know which was your favorite in the comments!

Seven University of Akron departments, schools and offices participated in a decorating contest centered around a ‘90s block party theme. As a part of this year’s homecoming, The School of Communication, Career Services & Student Employment, New Student Orientation, The Office of Accessibility, ...

The term fake news attacks one of the oldest, most trusted and most valued institutions in our country, the defender and...
10/08/2021
Where the Truth Lies

The term fake news attacks one of the oldest, most trusted and most valued institutions in our country, the defender and preserver of democracy: the news media.

Fake news. You would have to be living under a rock to be unfamiliar with the term, especially during the last few years. The phrase caused such a stir that people unfamiliar with the Twitter mob were constantly hearing about it, and for good reasons.   The term fake news attacks one of the olde...

The panel, taking place Oct 7, will include four speakers across disciplines, including an infectious disease physician,...
10/06/2021
Multi-Disciplinary Panel on Covid-19 Vaccinations and Mandates Offered by The University of Akron, October 7

The panel, taking place Oct 7, will include four speakers across disciplines, including an infectious disease physician, a Summa Health representative, and UA professors of Philosophy and Biosciences. Log-in information is available for the upcoming panel presentation with an RSVP to [email protected].

A multi-disciplinary panel presentation titled “Vaccines, Public Health and Mandates: A multi-disciplinary approach” will be held by the Center for Conflict Management (CCM), Department of Sociology and EX[L] Center on Thursday, October 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Microsoft Teams. Log-in in...

The career fairs are offered both in person and virtually this October. The first targeted fair is today, Oct 6, targeti...
10/06/2021
Five Targeted Career Fairs Help Students Connect with Future Jobs in October

The career fairs are offered both in person and virtually this October. The first targeted fair is today, Oct 6, targeting internships and careers in business, communication, and design.

Students at the University of Akron can meet and network with employers from around the region and beyond at five targeted career fairs hosted by Career Services & Employment, both in person and online this October. At each career fair, there will opportunities for students looking for internships,....

Malignant... Have you guys caught this flick yet? And can we talk about it?? Let us know what you thought in the comment...
10/03/2021
“Malignant” Embraces ‘90s Horror and Falls Flat

Malignant... Have you guys caught this flick yet? And can we talk about it?? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

“Malignant” is the newest movie by critically acclaimed horror director, James Wan. “Malignant” tells the story of a woman that is being flooded with paralyzing visions of stranger’s deaths. She ends up finding out that they are real life murders. “Malignant” is a direct homage to ‘9...

Have you had a chance to visit Studio 31 yet? Local photographers Aisley Herndon and Allie Sayre came together to create...
10/01/2021
Studio 31 Offers Halloween Special

Have you had a chance to visit Studio 31 yet? Local photographers Aisley Herndon and Allie Sayre came together to create a space where both of their passions in photography could be explored.

Local photographers Aisley Herndon and Allie Sayre came together to create a space where both of their passions in photography could be explored. The two dreamed of a place where a community could be built. On May 1, 2021, they opened Studio 31, which is located at 752 Canton Rd. in Akron, Ohio. Whi...

Our arts and entertainment editor McKenzie is introducing a new spotlight column highlighting unique and fashionable out...
09/30/2021
UA’s Fashion Trendsetters

Our arts and entertainment editor McKenzie is introducing a new spotlight column highlighting unique and fashionable outfits worn by UA students and faculty on campus.

Students and faculty can email their submissions to [email protected] to be featured in the column.

The Zips are back on campus (mostly) for 2021’s fall semester and, for some, it’s their first semester of in-person instruction. With classes being back in-person students and faculty get to interact with each other face-to-face on campus once again. Through the pandemic, interactions have been ...

The event will take place at Boston Market on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and will support student run organizatio...
09/29/2021
UA’s Theatre Guild to Hold Fundraiser Oct. 15

The event will take place at Boston Market on Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and will support student run organization University of Akron’s Theatre Guild.

Read more about the event here ⤵️

The University of Akron Theatre Guild holding a fundraiser to support their organization productions, which showcase student talent at UA. Support their cause by enjoying a meal on Oct. 15, 2021 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Boston Market, located at 699 Howe Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Anyone can support t...

Our film critic Jaina is back at it again with reviews on the latest releases! She's gearing up for the Halloween season...
09/28/2021
“Candyman” Scares in The Perfect Way

Our film critic Jaina is back at it again with reviews on the latest releases! She's gearing up for the Halloween season with with her first review on the new Candyman movie.

She says it scares in the perfect way... Have you seen it yet? Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments!

October is right around the corner, and I am gearing up for the fall season. Hands down my favorite part of the season must be horror movies. I grew up watching classics like “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Poltergeist” and more. Nothing makes me feel cozier than having cool weather, wearing my ...

We’d love to have you 🥰 Tag a friend that would love this opportunity in the comments!
09/07/2021

We’d love to have you 🥰 Tag a friend that would love this opportunity in the comments!

President Miller picked up his copy of our commemorative COVID-19 time capsule! He's feeling hopeful. Grab your copy tod...
05/04/2021

President Miller picked up his copy of our commemorative COVID-19 time capsule! He's feeling hopeful. Grab your copy today in the Student Union, Bierce Library, or Kolbe Hall to find out why you should be feeling hopeful too 💓

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The University of Akron's Office of Inclusion and Equity and Rethinking Race cordially invites you to register for The University of Akron's 2021 Black Male Summit! The 2021 Black Male Summit will be held on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM. It is VIRTUAL -AND- FREE! The Black Male Summit focuses on cradle-to-career success for African-American males with a robust focus on improving access, educational opportunities, improving retention, and leveraging networks in education, business and beyond. All are welcome, especially college-age Black Males, other men of color, women of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and friends and allies of any underserved populations. The Office of Inclusion and Equity and Rethinking Race are hosting Cornel West thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Knight Foundation. Please see the attached website for information and to register for the event! Please share with any friend/family and/or community members who may be interested in registering/attending as well! REGISTER NOW. REGISTRATION IS ONLY OPEN ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS! uakron.edu/bms
There are armies of secret white guys taking Americans off the streets in cities with Democrat Mayors, like N**i brown shirt storm troopers, and Trumps will not explain why, as well as by what authority he is doing it. No one knows what is happening to these people. They do not have access to legal counsel!!!!! New Normal XV: Democrats, Republicans and Black Lives Matter John Burl Smith Georgia’s appointed senators Kelly Loeffler is seeking election for the first time, while David Purdue Jr. is seeking re-election and they have this good cop bad cop game going. Kelly Loeffler attacked “Black Lives Matter,” saying the “Black Lives Matter movement seeks to destroy American principles.” While the other guy, David Perdue Jr. is running ads with black people in them, intimating he has done a lot for black people. Prior to the election, black people did not know he was in the senate. Plus, he has only a token black on his staff, which is now visible to black community. Loeffler, on the other hand, is an avid supporter of the confederacy and white supremacy today. She is the post face for Republicans propaganda and disinformation campaign, which is why she condemned “Black Lives Matter,” calling the group socialists and communists that is “destroying our heritage.” The historical record shows that the confederacy, which she as a senator, actually declared “war” on the United States of America. These rebels fought a 5 year Civil War, actually tried to destroy America. And, during their insurrection, these rebels caused an estimated 620,000 casualties. Unlike the confederacy, “Black Lives Matter” has not caused a single death, as an organization. The 2020 presidential election, COVID-19, and “Black Lives Matter” movement protests are literally crazy driving Republicans. Now, Loeffler and Donald Trump’s latest bombshell targets American public school children. Trump and Loeffler are determined to force children into classrooms, which will be like N**i gas chambers, since they have done anything to deal with COVID-19. However, their real target, of course, is black children, because over 60% of all urban public school students are black. Their demand to open public schools does not include white students in private schools, which white children attend overwhelmingly. In and of itself that is not racist, but the intent not to include black children, put them in the category with Trump and Loeffler’s quiet racism. With Trump having dismissed the coronavirus as a real threat to American’s lives, his reelection is all that matters to him, not black lives. For those, who believe and trust what polls indicate, are looking google-eyed at Former Vice President Joe Biden. They see him as a shoo-in for the White House and are coming out of the woodwork, claiming to be team players. I am not among them for those reasons. First back in April, although they were not hunkered down in their basements, as Mr. Biden, most Democrats were hiding out afraid to come out and take the lead attacking Donald Trump. But today in Republican dominated states like Georgia, Ohio, and Texas to name a few, Democrats, with their “rosy poll scenarios” are saying Mr. Biden needs “To Go Big, or he’s “Being too Cautious,” according to a story by Jonathan Martin of the NY Times. From the sidelines, they are attempting to micro-manage and pressure Mr. Biden “to expand his ambitions, compete aggressively in more states and press his party’s advantage down the ballot.” Such statements were not coming from moderates and conservatives, during the early dark days of May, when COVID-19 was ravishing New York City. However, in this coronavirus dominated 2020 battle royal, their shrill cries of “compete aggressively in more states and press his party’s advantage down the ballot,” is the wrong prescription for the wrong election. What they really want is for Mr. Biden to cover their backsides, after running from Trump the last 3 and 1/2 years, scared to open their mouths against him, however now, they want Mr. Biden to be their MAGA-phone against Donald Trump. I say, they knew this election was coming, and these moderate and conservative Democrats, I believe, thought they would have Trump to live with, but now coronavirus has scared the crap out of them, and they are running, trying to hide behind Mr. Biden. Looking for cover, after “soft balling” Trump’s disastrous COVID-19 response, their constituents are furious at them. Now, like Trump, their re-elections hopes continue sagging, and they want Mr. Biden to bail them out. They were so intimidated by Donald Trump, and mentally paralyzed; they have forgotten how to really fight to save their behinds. Next there is “Black Lives Matter.” White people simply need to get over it. “Black Lives Matter” is a force for good in the black community and we love it. They stepped up and took on the job older black leaders, “civil rights icons” and white liberals walked away singing from “Kum ba yah” and left the black community fighting on its own in the 1980s. Today, as with Ronald Reagan back then, moderate and conservative Democrats are afraid of Donald Trump, one hears their knees knocking, even when walking. Similar to how civil rights leaders joined white people to discredit the Invaders and black power, especially following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination; they are trying to take the spotlight from “Black Lives Matter” activists. For those with short memories or slept through it all, “Black Lives Matter” began on 7-13-2013 with three black women organizers Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. They began with nothing more than a hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. These beginner freedom fighters were motivated by the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a white man, who murdered Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Florida in July 2013. Standing up for unarmed black people, who white policemen continue murdering, even today, these heroic black women were attacked by black and white leaders, even civil rights icons, who not only condemned them, but countered with “all lives matter.” Maligned, shunned even like the Invaders and other black power groups, back in 1968, after Dr. King’s assassination, BLM was driven underground. Now today, as police continue murdering black men and women with impunity, but to the surprise of everyone, “Black Lives Matter” rose from those ashes like a phoenix. They marched to the rescue, even before the black militia poked their heads out at Stone Mountain Georgia, like Shaka Zulu! “Black Lives Matter” emerged, showing up, pushing “Enough is enough,” following the 8 minutes and 46 seconds video, in real time, of George Floyd’s lynching. This multicultural coalition filled streets in cities around the world with young people from El Paso, Texas to Wellington, New Zealand. Republicans like Loeffler railing against “BLM,” call them “socialists and communists,” while Donald Trump called “BLM,” “a symbol of hate,” whereas before George Floyd’s murder, they all thought “Black Lives Matter” was dead. Another quick fact check here, I want to set the record straight about charges that “Black Lives Matter” is somehow associated with or in some way affiliated or sponsored by socialists and communist. During the Second Red Scare in 1954, US Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr. (8-19-1954) designated the CP-USA as “an Agent of a foreign power.” AD Brownell used “The Communist Control Act (8-19-54), (aka the Smith Act, 18 USC § 2385), to drive the Communist Party USA out of the United States. Then J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI used trumped up charges to jailed black leaders, like Att. William L. Patterson of the International Labor Defense (ILD) and author of “We Charge Genocide,” which had been presented to the United Nations in 1951. So, there is no Communist Party in America for “Black Lives Matter” to belong; communist is a boogerman used by Republicans to frighten old white people. However, the real issue is not old white people but young white, black, brown, red, and yellow people of all cultures in America. I write about them because they are the ones on the frontline, not old civil rights icons and political opportunists who continue trying to undercut BLM, because they push for change daily, not only when the news media shows up. I look to activists like Kenidra Woods. Kenidra showed up for her first action, following Michael Brown’s police murder (8-24-2014). She is among those fighting for racial equity, social change and social justice. She leads protests in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Kenidra says, “Protests put everything in perspective for me. I asked myself, do they really care about us? That’s what I thought at age 13 when I began. Do I matter? Why am I hated for the color of my skin? So, I just knew in my heart, Kenidra, you got to stand up.” She networks with other vocal activists amid the pandemic, making Zoom calls. When Kenidra is not organizing protests, she engages celebrities, like “Riverdale” star Lili Reinhardt, while racking up views on Tik Tok, schooling the younger generation about racism. Some activists say that since the first protests back in 2013, “Black Lives Matter” has blossomed into a multicultural awakening. It has drawn to it an increasing number of white activists. For instance, Asbury Park, New Jersey, a beach town, which has deeply-rooted racial division and systemic racism. White people have historically lived on the east side of the railroad tracks and their maids and housekeepers, mostly poor people of color, live on the west side. This mindset has created a continuous conversation for lifelong activist Felicia Simmons. She is the chapter president for the National Action Network. Initially, Felicia organized a protest, after Maurice Gordon was fatally shot on the New Jersey Turnpike by a state trooper, just two days before George Floyd’s lynching. Without a permit, Simmons held a protest on the steps of the US Post Office. Expecting only a couple hundred people to show up, she was overwhelmed when nearly 10,000 people showed up. This is what “BLM” means when it identifies systemic racism, as the cause of the racial divide in America. “None of this is new. But this is the first time everybody watched George Floyd die for 8 minutes and 46 seconds,” Simmons said. However, no one saw Maurice Gordon die and nothing has been done about it. The truth of Maurice Gordon’s murder is still under the rug, where the New Jersey State Patrol swept it. Lastly, AWARE-LA (The Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere) is a Los Angeles-based organization that confronts white privilege, even among its members. Their goal is to reach out to other white people and educate them on the racial injustices in America and shift the burden for educating well-meaning white people off of people of color. SURJ (Show Up for Racial Justice) is a national organization that also works in the white community educating white people about their racism. The vast majority of older white people do not want to hear about their racism, so voices like AWARE-LA and SURJ are solely needed. Shelly Tochluk, professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary University-Los Angeles, has been a member of AWARE 16 years. She runs the organization’s Saturday and Sunday discussions on issues of identity, community, privilege and racism. “We look inside ourselves and ask, “What does it mean for us to be white people? How are we affected by what we’ve just heard, or what we’ve just experienced?” Tochluk asked. AWARE has an activist arm “White People for Black Lives,” which works in solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Los Angeles, the Movement 4 Black Lives and other black-led organizations. The fact that the pandemic lockdown and following George Floyd’s 8 minutes and 46 seconds murder, the organization has seen a surge in new members. In June alone, 3,500 new members were virtually oriented, according to Hannah Jurs-Allen, who leads new member orientation. “I think the combination of people having access to the information of how unjust our system and society really is and having the time on their hands that the pandemic created, frankly was like a whirlwind, creating the moment that we’re now in and people are hurting,” Hannah said. Anti-racism educator Jane Elliott told ABC News, “Allies should be prepared for consequences. They should be prepared to have their relatives stop speaking to them. Get ready to be spit on, get ready to be rejected. Get ready to learn about how unsafe it is to say, ‘I don't have to be white to be right.’” Her words recant and describe how times were during sit-ins and freedom riders back in the late 1950. Nothing has changed, when it comes to race. Now I come to the point of this post, young people. Once “BLM’s” protest exploded around the world, I wanted to give their work and activities a historical perspective regarding social change and social justice. For instance, my first goal was to help young progressives understand that “politics is the art of the possible.” Further that understanding would allow them to maximize their possibilities, if they “turned their street protests into street politics.” If they did that, they would see, even though their present possibilities, dealing with the system may seem small, but over time their efforts will yield greater possibilities with time. Most street activists got the message, and things began to happen. Just a couple of weeks back Former Vice President Joe Biden reached out and began meeting with young progressives. First, so-called moderate and conservative Democrats that were silent before it became clear Mr. Biden would capture the Democrats nomination for President, many saw BLM, the same as Republicans saw them. These Democrats would not open their mouths, cowering in fear of a Trump tweet to their white base against them, now they have lots of advice. With Mr. Biden’s overtures to young progressives, conservatives and moderates are afraid they are losing control of the Democrat Party. Now, that the situation is much clearer, they are counseling against reaching out to young radicals. Again, they want Mr. Biden, instead to put them on his back and campaigning to older voters, which would be their ride to reelection. The problem is, looking at moderates and conservatives’ voting records; one cannot tell whether they are Democrats or Republicans. These Trumpers in Democrat clothing, need to get off their duffs and do their own work to turn out their so-called base. They want Mr. Biden to fight over the votes of older votes, which at this point will vote either for Trumpers or Mr. Biden about equally, canceling out that vote for Mr. Biden, but are their only path to reelection. I have counselled that young progresses are votes Mr. Biden can get, if he simply reached out to them. Moreover, he did just that a couple of weeks ago, meeting with groups of leaders on the left. Mr. Biden agreed to work with them and develop the groundwork for a “green new deal, Medicare for all, sustainable economic growth beginning with badly needed infrastructure improvements, student debt relief, making college affordable for poor students, and a jobs program for young Americans, as well as other issues Trump has not even mention. These initiatives are beginning steps, and I remind, Mr. Biden is not in the White House presently, as is Trump. However, moderates and conservatives are missing the complicated new normal circumstances created by coronavirus and the lynching of George Floyd. That difference is where young people have taken the leadership for changing America. Moderates and conservatives are lagging behind on equality, social change and social justice issues, and are in trouble, because they are Republicans at heart. The “Black Lives Matter” protests have shown that our children are far more intelligent, energetic and text savvy than moderates and conservatives are willing to admit. Young progressive, “BLM” and other groups are coming together and readying themselves for the grind to November 3rd. But even more importantly, they constitute the largest demographic for the coming election. The 18 to 30 year old demographic constitutes the largest block of voters that Democrats have access and Republicans blew off during the impeachment hearing. I don’t believe young people have forgotten the fact that Republicans, except one, accepted lies and rejected the truth before their eyes to maintain their partisan. With that advantage, they hijacked the stimulus bill and gave trillions of dollars to big business and their friends. But more importantly, their refusal to convict the criminal in the White House pretending to be President has literally caused tens of thousands of unnecessary COVID-19 deaths. Young progressives have turned thumbs down on Trump because of his corruption, cronyism, nepotism, incompetence and dreadful performance down playing the coronavirus, not to mention gasing them, as they protested in Lafayette Park. Republicans with their vote not to convict Trump of crimes everyone knew he committed. The amounting death toll this nation now faces, every Republican in the US Senate bears the blame, because they kept a mad man in the White that has only thumbed his nose at COVID-19. Recruiting young progressives and “BLM” to help get out the vote, and prepare for Republicans’ planned voter suppression at the polls are keys. Young people will not be intimidated voting, nor will they be afraid to work the polls to counter harassment aimed at older voters in states that refuse to offer vote by mail. But even with that killing blow from young progressives, Mr. Biden still has first time voters that can be the nails in Trump’s coffin. They and many that have come of age, since 2016 are like sleepers who only need awakening. The Class of 2020, “The 400th” Generation, can be the difference, and can have an impact like no other graduating class in history. The Class of 2020 with their votes will be remembered for far more than their coronavirus shortened senior year. America needs them to step up, while showing up for democracy. They will be the class that came to America’s rescue and earn their place, as leaders, while redeeming our faith, giving 18 year olds the vote. Given a Vice Presidential choice, like Mrs. Michelle Obama, first time voters remember the Former First Lady, beside they grew up with Malia and Sasha. They see them as their peers and young people love to support people in their age range. First time voters remember what America was like for them when Former President Barak H. Obama was President. They, identically to me, would love to have such peace and tranquility once again. They are the “Hope Revolution” and we can help them launch the next generations’ of dreamers working to make America the nation we want it to be. The one thought everyone must keep uppermost in their minds is that if Donald Trump can utter such vile, demeaning and racist rhetoric from the White House and still get reelected; there is lots of hate in the hearts of American voters. With such an outcome black lives will not matter. Black lives will have less value than they did in the 1920s and 30s, when white people lynched and burned black people for entertainment. Our votes, with this election, can insure our children have a life worth living. The only thing standing between us and that are votes. We have the votes. So, let every American put their vote into the ballot box!!!!!!!!