The Urban Inquirer
A blog produced by students at Queens College, CUNY

This past election has been one of the most focused on immigration. President Trump riled up a platform on xenophobia and succeeded on winning the election. One of his first actions as president was to revoke DACA, a protection status for immigrants that came to the US illegally as children before age 16, when they […]

The criminal justice system has been such a huge problem in the United States for the longest time. Some choose to put the majority of the blame on the divide of social classes while others put the blame on the people themselves. Its the clash of the two arguments that make it so difficult to […]

The United States has had its fair share of immigration issues throughout history but especially now more than ever due to Donald Trump’s attempt at “protecting” this country. America was founded on immigrants and immigrants are what make this country so special, its what makes America, America. As president, he has the job of unifying […]

In today’s society, Criminal Justice is a big issue. The United States has the highest amount of people incarcerated. Despite the fact that the United States has 4% of the world’s population, it is home to 25% of the world’s prison population. Looking further into this, the rate of incarceration in the United States is […]

We all know what the police are here for. Whether at the subway or the streets we walk, we know they are there to protect us and make sure people are following laws. However, there are people who will view the police differently. Watching the 13th documentary made me realize how our police system is […]

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A song I often listen to is “Pharsyde” by A$AP Rocky and in the song, there is one verse “Gentrification split the nation that I once was raised in” and I never understood what gentrification meant, nor did it interest me until I learned about it recently in class. Gentrification is the process in which […]

The Big Apple, also known as the infamous New York City. The city heard around the world, the city that is so well known that its a big part of our society. Hollywood glorifies it, Jay Z has a song about it (as do many other artists), it’s portrayed to be this beautiful, perfect and […]

Residential Segregation is a problem prevalent in the United States that needs to be addressed. What is residential segregation? It is the intentional separation of groups of people by race or income in neighborhoods. This sets up unequal opportunities for people who live in poor communities or have little to no political power to create […]

Looking back at history, there is a lot to discuss about when we think of segregation between the different ethnicities that exist in the United States. Inequality between colored people and white people has been a big issue in the United States, dating hundreds of years back to when slavery was first established. The gap […]

Welfare in the US has become one of the most debated topics. There is an incredible amount of people dependent on welfare, and the numbers only increase. Now we have 23.1% of the US population on welfare. That is 52.2 million people and $1084 billion spent on welfare in the 2016 fiscal year . Many argue […]

Low wages contribute to the poverty that is prevalent in the United States. Many families have to rely on government assistance just to make ends meet because of low wages. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is worth 30 perfect less than it was in the 1960s, and if you support one child off of […]

As cities became more and more popular throughout the United States, Globalization and Privatization became much more popular as well. Globalization can be described as businesses or organizations developing business on an international level. Declining corporate profits and increased competition from developing economies makes corporate leaders pursue new business strategies. This new strategy is to […]

Globalization and privatization have been flourishing in the United States lately. Ever since the 1990’s it has exploded and allowed many business to flourish and create their products for much cheaper while selling them for a hefty price. What isn’t talked about however is how it can have an impact on the economy if the […]

Have you ever walked through the streets of Manhattan wondering, was that always there? From the huge skyscrapers in the sky to the masses of big business chain; as they developed throughout the world, so did cities. Cities did not start out as big as they are today, slowly as the years passed, more and […]

Already far past the civil rights movement, most cities we see should be racially integrated. Instead, we have exclusionary cities and towns with isolated racial “ghettos.” Harlem continues to be a black ghetto, while places such as Westchester and Long Island continue to be affluent dominantly white areas. Part of the reason of this modern-day […]