The Pioneer

The Pioneer

The Innocence Project’s Distorted Propaganda on Rodney Reed

The Innocence Project’s Distorted Propaganda on Rodney Reed

January 7, 2020

How does one defend the innocence of black victim to racial profiling when that victim also allegedly contributed to the trauma of sexual assault? And do these two social justice movements mesh well in 2019 America?  The answer is that it doesn't. We can acknowledge how wrongful it was for the Texas government to accuse a black man for the murder of a white woman while also acknowledging that it was wrong for Reed to allegedly sexually assault women. If our nation wants to uphold the growing trend to be politically and socially conscious, we cannot simply ignore the wrongdoings of others in order to put them on a pedestal. We must acknowledge the truth in order to fully be committed to social justice on all accounts. 

The Truth About Skin Whitening

December 20, 2019

In my everyday life, I witness the effects that skin whitening has on women. Every Asian grocery store that I walk into features an aisle with tons of skin whitening products stacked up on each other. From creams, to lotions, and to soap bars, that all promise the exact same thing: whiter skin, in less time.

Mental Illness Should Not Be A Social Media Trend

Mental Illness Should Not Be A Social Media Trend

December 19, 2019

Is Mental Illness becoming a trend? Read Devin Wilkes compelling article about the romanticization of mental illness in the age of social media.

The Dangers of A Strict Dress Code Geared Towards Female Students

The Dangers of A Strict Dress Code Geared Towards Female Students

December 16, 2019

Clothes are a form of expression, yet women are warned against outfits that society feels express their sexuality. On the other hand, men don't receive the same warning, and this double standard is evident in many high school dress codes.

Picking Up Where Dr. King Left Off

Picking Up Where Dr. King Left Off

November 18, 2019

What does it mean to "pick up where Dr. King left off" ? Read the latest editorial by student journalist Kofi Opoku as he questions how our nation can combat discrimination and racism preceding the era of Martin Luther King.

Feminism and Beauty Standards

Feminism and Beauty Standards

November 6, 2019

From a young age, hundreds of us girls have been told that we are beautiful, strong, and powerful. Motivational speakers would tell us about the importa...

Cultural Appropriation at Prom

Cultural Appropriation at Prom

May 29, 2019

Prom season has arrived, and I’m sure many students are in the process of buying suits and dresses. It’s an exciting process, choosing the perfect d...

The Importance of Ramadan

The Importance of Ramadan

May 6, 2019

As the new moon approaches, muslims around the world are preparing for Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. They’re decorating their homes, buying tons of foo...

Global Overpopulation is Not The Problem

Global Overpopulation is Not The Problem

March 29, 2019

The rhetoric surrounding overpopulation is not based around much information other than how big the global population is, yet there are still many studen...

Why Are Baseball Players Given Such Lucrative Contracts?

Why Are Baseball Players Given Such Lucrative Contracts?

March 29, 2019

In this offseason alone, three of the largest contracts in MLB history have been shelled out. Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, and Nolan Arenado are just thre...

Diversity in West Orange HS Students’ Beliefs

Diversity in West Orange HS Students’ Beliefs

March 25, 2019

Your palms are sweating and you feel a stutter approaching, but you need to get this out. The thought of keeping this to yourself any longer feels like ...

The 2019 State of the Union

The 2019 State of the Union

March 1, 2019

The State of the Union is traditionally an opportunity for the President to discuss his or her legislative goals for the next year and provide an outlin...

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