Brammhi Balarajan

Brammhi Balarajan (23C) is from Las Vegas, majoring in political science and English and creative writing. She is the Assistant Opinion Editor and her column, Brammhi’s Ballot, focuses on national politics. Outside of the Wheel, she’s involved with Emory SaRaas and Matriculate.

Republicans, Don’t Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy

On Sept. 18, our nation experienced a devastating loss. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a long-standing member of the Supreme Court and a trailblazing advocate for gender equality, died of complications from pancreatic cancer. In the few days before she passed, she told her granddaughter that her “most fervent wish is that I will not be [...]

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The Myth Behind the Model Minority

I’m always at a crossroads: I’m either too brown or not brown enough. I’m too “white-washed” for not liking spicy foods and not being able to speak my native language Tamil, but too “ethnic” for learning traditional South Asian dance and having more than the socially acceptable number of South Asian friends. Even my name [...]

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Anti-Racism Isn’t Anti-American

On Sept. 4, President Donald Trump banned all federal agencies from conducting diversity training, deeming it “anti-American propaganda.” His rationale is ludicrous.  In a statement, the White House cast white federal employees as victims of diversity initiatives, which have been telling them that “virtually all White people contribute to racism” or that they “benefit from [...]

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Kyle Rittenhouse: All That’s Wrong With America

On Aug. 23, Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, walked over to his car, where his children were waiting for him to drive them home. The police shot him in the back seven times, and until recently, he was handcuffed to his hospital bed. As protests against his unjust shooting raged on, 17-year-old [...]

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Harris Claims She’s Progressive. She’s Not.

In August 2019, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was at the forefront of her presidential campaign, and I had the opportunity to meet her at a campaign event. I was optimistic at the thought of meeting a woman who I thought was a trailblazer of her time, defying expectations and proving her place in politics. As [...]

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