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Media Dismisses Needs of Trump Voters

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Soon after election night wrapped up, while the U.S. grimaced and closed the book on the last year and a half, The New York Times issued a letter to its readers addressing the shock and confusion left in the wake of Nov. 8. It included a promise to “rededicate” the paper to the mission of reporting...

Students Must Reject Elitism to Engage Conservatives

Tom Cohn, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the wake of the election there have been a chilling number of reports of white supremacist and misogynistic intimidation, harassment and even physical violence by emboldened Trump supporters. Oberlin students, via the Gibson’s boycott and protest, have come into direct contact with people on the...

Democratic Party Must Consider Needs of Trump Voters

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I worked for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign for several months leading up to the election. It was surprisingly fun work and, as a generally introverted first-year, a big help to transitioning me to life away from home. But I saw a lot that frustrated and upset me. On one campaign trip, I heard...

Activism Should Cultivate Broader Solidarity

Jade Schiff, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I was both heartened and worried by the protests outside of Gibson’s over the past few days, a response to the assault and arrest of an African-American student near the store earlier this week. I was heartened because they reflected our students’ and our institution’s fierce commitment to social jus...

American Jews Must Confront Trump’s Bigotry

Roman Broszkowski, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

There’s a saying that three Jews have four opinions. If that’s true, then one is that Donald Trump and his tiny hands are worthy of the presidency. Although Jews overwhelmingly rejected Trump’s message of hate on Nov. 8, one in four did not, according to exit polling. Nearly a quarter of our communi...

Oberlin Must Not Settle for Silence in Wake of Election

Editorial Board
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, Editorials, OPINIONS

Despite a commendable effort by Hillary Clinton supporters, Lorain County went red on Tuesday by fewer than 400 votes. Though many Oberlin students are devastated by the result, for many in nearby residences, President-elect Donald Trump was the clear choice. Now more than ever, we must take advantag...

Cynical Politics Must Not Overwhelm Hope

Anjali Kolachalam, Contributing Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Like many of you on campus today, I am still coming to terms with what happened Tuesday. What happened being, of course, that the U.S. elected Donald Trump as our next president. Even writing out that sentence makes me sick. To cope, I rewatched several of President Barack Obama’s speeches, including the...

Activism Necessary to Resist Trump Presidency

Maureen Coffey, Business Manager
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I never really considered the implications of a Donald Trump presidency until Tuesday. I knew he was running. I watched his speeches, rallies and debates. All of the signs were there, and yet until early Wednesday morning, I had not truly considered a Trump presidency. We can — and I’m sure many wil...

Students Reject Dissenting Opinions

Melissa Harris, Production Editor
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Obies and their family members congregated in the Carnegie Building’s Root Room to hear NPR Radiolab host Robert Krulwich, OC ’69, give a talk titled “Oberlin Itches, So I Scratch: A Private 50 Year Fight With My College” at The Friends of the Library’s annual dinner Saturday night. While Krulwic...

Public Protest Can Uphold Democracy

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
November 11, 2016
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

The U.S. was simultaneously shocked and horrified by Donald Trump’s win late on election night. In an equally alarming turn of events, Democrats failed to win back control of either the Senate or the House of Representatives. With the Supreme Court likely to soon fall into the hands of conservatives...

Misogyny Played Pivotal Role in Election

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I did not expect this election to make me cry. I expected my cynicism to protect me in a jaded, painless bubble that denied the horrifying reality of a non-Clinton outcome. This election has made clear a variety of truths about the previously unspoken, but nevertheless present, assumptions and prejudice...

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