Long before he was a rapping, swaggering Broadway sensation, Alexander Hamilton was an unapologetic elitist. To be fair, Hamilton was not alone among the Founding Fathers in this regard. They created the Electoral College, with its electors as a buffer between the people and the president.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many normal routines and traditions, but perhaps nowhere more than the annual fall ritual of heading off for college.
Norman Rockwell fans will see his most famous paintings at the Denver Art Museum, through Sept. 7. But the show goes deeper, exploring his later scenes of racism and violence in America. The presentation resonates with current events and invites reflection and discussion.
Harold Fields says of reparations: “We have pipes that are deep underneath these buildings and underneath our streets. The pipes are decaying, they’re old. They’re leaking, and they are only distributing resources to certain places. You’ve got to be able to dig up those pipes and re-do the system. It’s not a matter of changing the washers on faucets or putting in a new shower head, but changing the system.”
Will the confluence of Covid-19 and the ongoing wave of social movements redefine our political life for the generations that follow? Will future historians point to this moment as the one that created a new style of politician?
Addressing racism is a mental health priority. For far too long, we have ignored the mental health effects of violence and systemic racism on members of our society.
Seeing the massive change in community awareness of racism after George Floyd’s death, representatives of neighborhood groups and the city quickly started on the path toward a new name for the Stapleton neighborhood. At the same time, individuals in the community, through rallies and yard signs, are showing their support for the protests and for Black lives.
As schools shut down across the country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, students have had to adapt to a new reality—and seniors in college and high school are trying to creatively reevaluate what they had thought were firm plans for graduation and their futures.
An interview with Rep. Diana DeGette in mid-May, the day before she returned to Washington, DC to vote on the new $3 trillion HEROES Act, a stimulus package that addresses some of the gaps in the CARES Act.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s March 23 “Stay at Home” order underscored the half-hearted response to social isolation. The weekend before this order, Denver parks and playgrounds were crowded again after a thaw in the late March snow. Buy-in for social isolation is understandably challenging for many in a society that cherishes individual freedoms and individualism over the collective.