Tharunka explores the ‘big picture’ of a range of topics affecting student life. From mind-blowing to heart-aching concepts, the features unfold a new genre of reading and writing.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wakanda is the only African nation without a violent history of colonisation, and its existence is a utopian exaggeration of what Africa could look like without the interference of the West. This Afro-futuristic paradise stands in stark contrast to modern day Black America, a juxtaposition personified through T’Challa and Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, the film’s antagonist.
Public discourse on race and immigration can’t be characterised as “deteriorating” if it was never healthy, and it should come as no surprise when our elected officials fail to lead us into more constructive dialogue. So where do we go from here? How can we repair our public discourse after years of bigotry and fake news? Is that even possible?
Jessica Jones uses its female protagonist to not only question what it means to be a hero, but to examine how women can find their true identity free from the constraints of society’s expectations.
The Logan Paul incident highlights a key issue for social media platforms: where is the line to be drawn between protecting content consumers, particularly those of a younger demographic, such as Paul’s viewers, and creating an inappropriately censored environment? To what degree are companies like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter even responsible for the content posted on their sites in the first place?
Regardless of how shocking and inaccurate the broadcasted sentiments were, it is not surprising that they were aired on breakfast TV. It is not the choice of topic that is really concerning, but rather the lack of expertise on the panel, which seems to be typical of morning show panels.
The commentators were brought onto the show and asked to speak on a topic about which they knew next to nothing –
I’ve heard it argued that stereotypes aren’t necessarily a bad thing – that there are “good” stereotypes which give Black men an upper hand in the pursuit of everything from casual sex to long-term relationships. I’m going to tell you now that there is no such thing as a good stereotype, because all stereotypes are damaging and their very existence perpetuates racial biases that benefit no one.