The Oberlin Review

‘Enough’: NBA Players Take a Stand Against Gun Violence

Nathan Carpenter and Alexis Dill

November 16, 2018

As former Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade laced up their sneakers and jogged onto the Amway Center basketball court for warm-ups, a 17-year-old boy just 30 minutes northeast of Orlando, in Sanford, FL, put up his hood and stuck a bag of Skittles in his pocket upon leaving a 7-Eleven. At the same time as over seven million people tuned in for the tip-off of the 61st NBA All-Star Game — 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2012 — Trayvon Martin was pronounced dead. Martin, a Black teenager from Miami Gardens, FL, was visiting his future stepmother with his father the night he was fatally shot in the back by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman. Martin was unarmed and committing no crimes when he...

Jewish Trump Voters Have Blood on Their Hands

Daniel Markus, Contributing Writer

November 2, 2018

Editor’s note: This article contains mention of anti-Semitism and gun violence. I have been trying to escape Judaism for a long time. As a child, I hated the services my parents schlepped me along to — they were boring, in a language I didn’t know, and involved a lot of standing. Early in my teens, I braced against my Hebrew school teachers. They all seemed convinced that Israel could not be criticized whatsoever for its violence in retaliation to rocket attacks, no matter how many innocent civilians were killed. Later, in high school, I completely rejected God, identifying passionately as an atheist. When I got to college, though, it was different. Suddenly, knowledge of the Holocaust was not a given, I enco...

Oberlin High School and College students protested gun violence by walking out of school last Friday.

High Schoolers Hold Gun Violence Walkout

April 27, 2018

Local students walked out of Oberlin High School last Friday to honor the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. The walkout — one of thousands across the U.S. — was also part of a continued effort to protest gun violence as a part of the national, youth-led movement that began after the February mass shooting in Parkland, FL. The students left school at 1 p.m. and congregated in Tappan Square, where community members and college students joined in solidarity. The walkout feat...

American Apathy Perpetuates Gun Violence

Sam Schaffer, Contributing Writer

November 10, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article contains mentions of violent imagery. America is truly an exceptional place. One exceptional aspect of American life is the possibility for an American to go to a concert and leave with wounds similar to those suffered by soldiers in wartime. Here’s another: An American can to go to church on Sunday and leave in a blood-soaked body bag. Here’s one more: Any American can be assured that, if an indiscriminately fired bullet puts them or their friend, sibling, parent, or spouse on the mortician’s table, the same is bound to happen to another person somewhere in America, without warning and with the guarantee that it will happen again. We all heard that it will happen again, after San...

HB 48 Would Threaten Safety, Wellbeing on Campus

Editorial Board

March 4, 2016

“Guns Everywhere” is the apt nickname for the Ohio House Bill 48, which passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 17 and was introduced to the State Senate a day later. If passed, HB 48 would allow concealed-carry guns on college campuses and daycares, among other places like school safety zones and police stations. After a public meeting on Friday, Feb. 19 with Ohio Senator Gayle Manning, Oberlin City Council is in the process of drafting a resolution opposing the relaxed gun restrictions. At the meeting, which occurred in the Oberlin Public Library, City Council Vice President Linda Slocum responded to Sen. Manning: “We believe we have a right to define the tenor of our community.” Amid national debate about gun rights, mass ...

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