It is not our essence but our words that make us hate.

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Philosopher Richard Rorty put forth the proposition that we the people are the makers of right and wrong (truth). And without delving deeper into that theoretical discussion, it is easy to understand why most people I know immediately disregard that proposition as either illogical nonsense or as moral relativism.

It…

Homophobia is at the forefront of current rap related discourse.

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Anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments have seemingly always been present to some extent in hip-hop music and culture. However, there has always been some degree of backlash for that type of behavior. For example, throughout the 1990s Eminem received a lot of public criticism for homophobic lyrics. …

There has never been a more lucrative time for motivated servers.

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Restaurant servers make money based on a few factors, all of which have little to do with how the restaurant is performing as a whole — unless, of course there is no traffic, in which case the establishment and its employees would fail regardless. Otherwise, a server’s money is dependent…

Writing for something gave me a shot at everything.

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What does one do with a degree in the arts? That was a question I asked myself after dropping out of law school in 2010. Law school was a goal for me since 2004, the time I realized that a BA in philosophy was worthless for making money but useful…

Complacency is the problem.

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Though the Covid Delta Variant is causing a bit of a stir, I have to admit that it has not been difficult for me to return to “normal” in the least. In large part, that speaks to the fact that I am extremely lucky given the almost nonexistent, negative, medical

J. Cole’s new album, “The Offseason,” taps into the universal human condition of transformation and change.

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With the release of J. Cole’s 6th studio album “The Offseason” this past Friday, I think it is timely to take a look at one of the songs that appears on that album, “The Climb Back.” This song, in particular, is especially appropriate given the subject matter and the timing…

Many restaurants miscalculated the value of their employees, and it has come back to bite them.

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Hourly and lower-tiered salaried workers in the restaurant industry find themselves in an unfamiliar position because of the Covid-19 pandemic — one of increasing power. As with many or most things in business, it comes down to simple supply and demand: There are just not enough workers to fill all…

George Floyd’s drug use is somehow different than our own.

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Nothing brings out the self-righteous hypocrites like the cold-blooded murder of a Black man. According to the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics, 11.7% of American adults use illegal drugs, and 19.4% have used illegal drugs or misused prescription medication in the last year (NCDAS). That means that almost every…

Joshua Gane

Josh writes for RapTV. He has a BA in philosophy from UNC and a MA in English from NC State.

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