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Got oat milk?

(10/22/19 4:00am)

Dear Unlicensed Ethicist:  While getting my caffeine fix en route to Perkins, I ordered a large iced coffee and asked the barista to leave room for oat milk. From the back of the line, a customer snickered that I could have just said leave room for milk. A little self-conscious, I turned and answered that oat milk is much better for the environment. My antagonist joked that I’m saving the world one grande blonde at at time. Am I a poser for mentioning the environment when I really choose oat milk because I like the taste?

Are we all just soulless pigs?

(09/10/19 5:28pm)

Dear Unlicensed Ethicist:  “Who tf cracked an egg and left it on the kitchen floor? Do you not have any sense of accountability?” These sentences, which I read in the “Randolph ‘22” GroupMe just before leaving Duke after freshman year, rattled around in my head all summer. Indeed, who was that shameless egg-cracker? And seriously, on the kitchen floor? 

The Unlicensed Ethicist: Political correctness

(08/27/19 1:38pm)

My friend has a history of working with cognitively disabled children. If he overhears someone casually say something is “r*******,” he does not hesitate to speak up. Yet when he saw Marketplace was serving fish tacos again, he offhandedly remarked, “Oh my god, I’ll blow my brains out if I have to eat that again.” I have no interest in seeing my friend’s brains splattered across Marketplace and, frankly, am offended. Should I call him out?

Duke Law students ask Supreme Court to hear case of free speech activists

(02/19/19 5:00am)

In 2015, free speech activists at the University of South Carolina used images of a swastika displayed on another campus and a sign including the term "wetback"—a derogatory term usually aimed at undocumented Mexican immigrants—at a demonstration on campus to represent speech that had been quieted on other college campuses.

'Everything is personal for him': NBC's Chuck Todd talks Trump's insults, media accountability

(01/15/19 5:00am)

The press has reached a point when it can no longer ignore President Trump’s outrageous claim that the mainstream press is the “enemy of the people,” said Chuck Todd—NBC News political director and host of “Meet the Press"—at a talk Monday.