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Hate crime legislation first step to enacting change

Francesca Ruhe

June 14, 2020

The appalling video of Ahmaud Arbery’s lynching in Brunswick, Ga., along with a never-ending stream of other racially-bigoted murders, released a tidal wave of activism. As protests swept the United States, including Atlanta, it was clear the support was just as strong within the Grady community. Grady students, Maura O’Sullivan, Trinity Lewis and I, looking for the most...

Hate crime legislation fails to enact change

Jackson Kast

June 14, 2020

I was among hundreds of protestors kneeling on a normal American street in Atlanta. The scratch of pavement on my knee gave me perspective about what George Floyd endured on another normal American street in Minneapolis where he was murdered by those sworn to protect him: the police. This public execution has thrust policing practices into the national spotlight because...

Head to Head: Should the state senate approve hate crime legislation, House Bill 426?

Head to Head: Should the state senate approve hate crime legislation, House Bill 426?

June 14, 2020

Georgia is one of four U.S. states that do not have hate crime legislation. House Bill 426 (HB 426), a piece of hate crime legislation with bipartisan...

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Grady students organize grassroots lobbying in support of hate crime law

June 7, 2020

In the midst of worldwide protests over the deaths of unarmed African Americans at the hands of police officers, Grady students are doing their part t...

Graffiti is spray-painted on a wall of the Omni Hotel.

Let’s return to nonviolent protests

June 1, 2020

A Twitter post by Earl D. Hamilton really spoke to me about the events this weekend. He said, “I just wanna say that it’s okay to be anti rioting,...

A protester at the Justice For Us march on May 29 holds a sign reading

No excuse for hatred toward African Americans

June 1, 2020

Seeing black men and women repeatedly be innocently killed by white police officers never gets any less agonizing. The fear that I, anyone in my famil...

A participant of the March 29 protest against police brutality holds a sign saying

Self-proclaimed pacifist tired of ‘innocent people of color being murdered’

June 1, 2020

It’s crazy to think that it’s taken so many years for people to finally reach the limits of what they can handle when it comes to police brutality. E...

The aftermath of protests on May 29 and 30 in downtown Atlanta included smashed windows.

What I believe in this moment

June 1, 2020

First of all, this was a horrific moment. I believe that the police officer who murdered George Floyd should get the death penalty for his crime. I just c...

Participants in the Justice For Us protest march through the streets of Atlanta with signs demanding justice for victims of police brutality on May 29.

The majority must be an ally to the minority

June 1, 2020

On May 25, 2020, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on an innocent black man named George Floyd for almost nine minutes, killing him. Chauvin murdered George Floyd. This is not the first time this has happened. Black people are close to three times more likely to be killed by police than white people. Why is that? We’ve seen this happen before count...

Sophomore Sophie Markovic and junior Keontae Gui prepare their speech on voter suppression.

Moot Court provides students with important life skills

April 2, 2020

The challenge of thinking through complex legal cases fascinates senior Mehki Etienne. In his freshman year, Grady ended its law pathway. Social studies...

Freshman Brian Edwards works from home during the COVID-19 outbreak. Recent announcements regarding school closures through the end of the 2019-2020 school year have left students grappling with the extended reality of online school.

Parents, teachers, students react to school closure for rest of school year

April 1, 2020

Atlanta Public Schools announced Wednesday that the school district would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the 2019-2020 school ye...

During coronavirus, hike the best trails in Georgia

During coronavirus, hike the best trails in Georgia

March 30, 2020

Spring is beginning, bringing more opportunities to have fun outdoors. One of the best ways to enjoy the weather is to hike and experience nature in the...

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