by Matthew Chase

2016 has been a tumultuous year of emotion in the United States and across the world. There have been highs and lows, victories and frustrations, progress and oppression, and everything in between. Despite the undeniable anxiety and uncertainty to come with 2017, we must remember to stand strong together in the face of injustice. The struggles of today and tomorrow are by no means new to the public consciousness. They are living symptoms of inequalities deeply embedded in society, which need to be uprooted from the darkly lit recesses of ignorance and hate through discussion and action. SocRogueScholars remains committed toward this cause as we critically examine social issues with a sociological mind and facilitate access to higher education for all students. As we come to the end of the year, we would like to take a look back at some of the most successful blog posts to emerge from the SocRogueScholars website in 2016:

Chicano Park: Built on Strength and Unity by Rosa Conrad illustrates the movement and struggle that forged the groundwork for the Chicano Park in Barrio Logan, which continues to represent the long histories and eloquent voices of the Mexican and Chicano communities.

A Campaign Built on Fear and Hatred by Lillian Nahar provides a stark deconstruction of a presidential election campaign that actively cultivated a public divide across race, power, and fear.

Clown Hysteria in the Cycle of Moral Panic by Matthew Chase offers a critical examination into the creepy clown phenomenon that quickly spread across the United States and even overseas, introducing the hysteria in how it links to the exploitative cycles of moral panic.

Selma: Over 50 Years of Struggle by Matthew Chase and Rosa Conrad commemorates the victories against racism in Selma, Alabama, and its historical impact on the United States with the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Rediscovering the Past, Rebuilding a Heritage by Matthew Chase addresses the systematic denial of black identities during the era of slavery in the United States, and how the recent Freedmen’s Bureau Project seeks to reestablish families with their ancestors for the first time.

Anime: Globalization is Vast and Infinite by Matthew Chase analyzes the rapid popularity and entrenching of anime media in U.S. popular culture, and how it represents the complex dynamics of globalization.

Language of Truth and Injustice by Matthew Chase deals with the issues of language as privilege and how it can influence the public understanding of “truth.”

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