15 Sep
Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

In recent news, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, has been under scrutiny by the Trump Administration. Illegal immigration and U.S. border security are two significant public policy issues that President Trump campaigned to refine during the presidential campaign last year. He promised stricter immigration policies and to build a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexican borders. The DACA program, which provides a level of amnesty to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, is under attack. The Trump Administration has decided to disband the program, allowing a six-month delay for current recipients, and requested that Congress pass a comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

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05 Apr
Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

During Holy Week, we focus on the day of Thursday, known in conventional terms as Holy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. This day recognizes Jesus the Christ’s Last Supper or Meal with his Twelve Disciples. The meal represents the concept of sharing among friends. Biblical scholars believe that Jewish dinners like Jesus and his apostles would likely have used terra cotta pottery or stone vessels for their meal, sharing food while they reclined on carpets and cushions. And strict seating arrangements at the time would mean that Jesus’ most important guests were seated to his right and left.

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11 Dec
Posted by Obiora Nnamdi Anekwe

Are black women safer getting abortions than giving birth? If one were to read a recent tweet by Planned Parenthood Black Community, one would think so. The October 31rd read as follows: “If you’re a Black woman in America, it’s statistically safer to have an abortion than to carry a pregnancy to term or give birth.” The tweet went further by stating that “between 1988-2015, 16.1 mil women accessed abortion care, 108 died. Btw 2011-’13, BW accounted for 43.5 deaths of every 100,000 live births.” Such statements imply that black women should just abort their babies rather than take the greater risk of giving birth to their child. In addition, it is ethically irresponsible and simply callous to encourage black women to have abortions based on skewed data when there is no statistical evidence directly correlating the rate of pregnancy and abortions among black women. To the contrary, there is evidence to prove that it is extraordinarily rare to die from pregnancy in the United States overall.

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