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OPINION: The violent protests and riots must end

Oregon State Troopers and Portland police advance through tear gas and fire works while dispersing a protest against police brutality and racial injustice on September 5, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Portland has seen nightly protests for the past 100 days following the death of George Floyd in police custody. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images/TNS)

Jacob Sawyer, Staff Writer

September 7, 2020

Ending this violence requires a bipartisan and nationally coordinated approach. The first step is to restore order by deploying the National Guard. While the Guard will likely have to use some force against civilians and protesters, the risk of injury from looting and rioting is much higher, and the Guard is needed to flatten the curve of the unrest. It’s sad that we need to send them in, but just like flattening the curve of the COVID-19 virus through social distancing, we must face the music and do it.

You can remove Confederate statues and still remember history

The George Davis Monument in Wilmington, NC, a tribute to the fourth Attorney General of the Confederate States

Veronica Wernicke, Opinion Editor

July 3, 2020

When someone does something great, remarkable, wins a battle or sports championship, among other qualifications, we build them a statue. And the U.S. sure does like statues and monuments -- whether we built them or were gifted them.  However, despite the number of great statues and monuments the U...

UNCW needs to stand up to Dr. Mike Adams

UNCW needs to stand up to Dr. Mike Adams

Veronica Wernicke, Opinion Editor

June 7, 2020

By now, UNC Wilmington’s (UNCW) students, staff and the Wilmington community are more than well aware of Dr. Mike Adams, a professor in the sociology and criminology department at UNCW who has taken to social media for many years to spread his hateful rhetoric - The Seahawk has reported on it for years....

White allyship: Where to start

White allyship: Where to start

Veronica Wernicke, Opinion Editor

June 3, 2020

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the video of the incident came out, and people around the world have spoken up about this and the many other instances of injustice against people of color (POC).  As a non-POC, I acknowledge that I will never understand or be able to re...

Speak your name: The struggle of having to make your name ‘easier’

Writer Alejandra Rodriguez-Aguero (center) with her father, Gerardo Rodriguez, and mother, Alma Aguero, at a pumpkin patch.

Alejandra Rodriguez-Aguero, Contributing Writer

March 5, 2020

One’s name is quite a staple of who they are, their overall identity. “What is your name?” is, seemingly, an innocent question that many people begin first-time interactions with, but to me, it is a hurdle that I must overcome every single time. The response to this question is not one-worded for...

The line is fine between ignorance and racism – but the line exists

WWE's Randy Orton, right, hits Seth Rollins during WrestleMania at Levi's Stadium on Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Darius Melton, Opinion Editor

October 13, 2019

Editor's Note: The following article repeatedly refers to the usage of racial slurs. While the writer does not insert the terms into the article itself, links contained within this article may feature uncensored usage of these hateful remarks. WWE superstar Randy Orton said the “N-word.” It is an indisputab...

Karen Branan gets honest about her family history

Karen Branan spoke at UNC Wilmington on Monday about her book, “The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth,

Caitlyn Dark, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019

Standing before an expectant crowd on Monday in UNC Wilmington’s Computer Information Systems building, author and journalist Karen Branan said she had “not relished uncovering the crimes of my forefathers.” Branan spoke about her book “The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets,...

Dive into Dove

Dive into Dove

Valerie Keys, Contributing Writer

October 17, 2017

Editor's Note: Valerie Keys is a sophomore at UNCW double majoring in Communication Studies and Theatre with a minor in Political Science. Valerie is also the head coach for UNCW's Speech and Debate team, The Speechawks. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Valerie may...

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