“Stop and Frisk” Cannot Be Apologized For

“Stop and Frisk” cannot be explained away by Mike Bloomberg as an ‘oops, my bad’, here’s why. On February 13, 2020, Michael Bloomberg issued an ‘apology’ for “Stop-and-Frisk” saying: “There is one aspect of approach that I deeply regret, the abuse of police practice called stop and frisk. I defended it, looking back, for too long because […]

Federal Education Reform Needs To Include Race

Unsplash — moren hsu If America were a tree, white supremacy would be its roots. Source — Blogspot It is going to take multiple waves of different solutions to eradicate the problem of white supremacy in America. We can have laws that remedy the effects of white supremacy all day, but changing the social outlook as […]

Am I Ugly Because I’m Black or Am I Just Ugly?

Nowshad Arefin — Unsplash “Nose job” “las vegas plastic surgeon” “Black nose job” “Nose job cost” “How old do you have to be to get a nose job” “African American nose job” “Ethnic rhinoplasty”   With tears streaming down my face, I hastily typed those phrases into Google. It was a couple of days before my […]

Why Learning About Slavery Made Me an Atheist

                           ‘Memory for the Slaves’ (1998) by Clara Sörnäs Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear and sincerity of heart, just as you would show to Christ. — Ephesians 6:5 My relationship with religion has always been complicated. Being raised Christian, I […]

Why Being ‘Colorblind’ Makes You Racist

You can’t deny someone something that they actually are. “I don’t care if you’re black, white, purple, or green, I see everyone the same!” “When I see you, I don’t see you as black!” “I don’t see color!” “If we stopped making everything about race, then it’d go away!” Ah, colorblindness. No, not this type […]

White Apathy to Black Pain

On April 18, 2019, a video was released of Sergeant Greg LaCerra and Officer Christopher Krickovich pepper spraying and punching 15-year-old Delucca Rolle in the face. According to a witness of the event, more students than usual had come to a McDonald’s near J.P. Taravella High School because “somebody was going to get jumped.” Records from the […]

The Hypocrisy of White Supremacy

“Black people forget trauma easily, anything of malice done to them will be forgotten at some point by their feeble brains.” — Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president of the United States of America- in his only book Notes on the State of Virginia (1784).   “I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will […]

Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean You Get To Be Racist

Wendy Kenigsberg/University Photography You ever have a moment where someone says something so ignorant that all you can do is stare at them in disbelief? That happened to me in my English class last week. We were broken up into groups and told to discuss different readings on the subject of reparations. After finishing our […]