Lydia Green

Class of 2018


  • “Fake news” meaning differs among different groups

    In Donald Trump's first press conference after the election, he called CNN "fake news" and refused to take their questions. Trump's disregard for the mainstream media has caused a significant uptick in usage of the te...

    Forum | May 1, 2017
  • Democrats must seriously consider universal health care

    After the Republicans’ failure to pass their Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), House Speaker Paul Ryan declared the ACA "the law of the land ... for the foreseeable future," but that fact hasn't dissuaded Republicans from continuing to brainstorm ACA alternatives. The Dem...

    Forum | April 17, 2017
  • Negative media stereotypes harm perception of immigrants

    The 2016 election season, with Donald Trump’s discussion of walls and bans, brought immigration issues into public consciousness. His more recent executive order attempts at a Muslim ban have held them there. Although this is a debate about immigrants, immigrants and their families are largely not given a voice in ...

    Forum | April 3, 2017
  • White people must acknowledge inherent racism, privilege

    Dear Fellow White Person,

    You are racist. Maybe you are a perfectly nice person. Maybe you have twenty friends of color. Maybe you treat people of color the same way you treat white people. Maybe your life is terrible and difficult on a daily basis. But you are racist, I am racist, we are all racist.

    Forum | March 27, 2017
  • Knock Every Door stresses crucial role of listening in politics

    On a lovely Sunday afternoon last weekend, I led a group of five to Squirrel Hill to knock on doors and listen to the thoughts of complete strangers about the election. We took with us scripts with suggested questions about the candidates and parties, but most of the time the people we talked to just wanted to freely vent their feelings. Our job was simply to listen, not to argue or push an agenda...

    Forum | February 27, 2017