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Your Black Isn’t My Black

November 28, 2018

Although the U.S. is recognized as a melting pot country, the Black community, specifically, is associated with a narrative that everyone who identifies as Black shares the same culture. In the context...

Separating the Art from the Artist: How to Handle Kanye West

November 28, 2018

On the wall up against my bed, a large vinyl poster of every studio album Kanye West has released looks over the room. Each album pictured on this poster recalls to mind vivid memories that span from discussing...

The Murder That Shook the World

November 28, 2018

Does the "lesser of two evils" principle apply when the most fundamental of American values — freedom of the press—comes under assault? Are Middle Eastern geopolitics worth overlooking a heinous crime?...

Anonymous: Our Jewish Ahava

November 15, 2018

On October 27, the Jewish community lost 11 of our own. In mourning the tragedy that took place at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, it’s more important than ever that we understand what it means...

Anonymous: Where are the Jewish Allies at Bates?

November 15, 2018

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh shooting, I found myself shocked, saddened, and angry. Not solely by the event itself, but by the lack of reaction from the non-Jewish community at Bates. Talking...

Anonymous: Unacceptable Silence in the Wake of the Tree of Life

November 15, 2018

Something terrible happened in my 100’s-level politics class. Going over news stories from the weekend, the professor asked for a student to give the headline, the impact, and how we felt about it. Silence...

Anonymous: For Jews, Wisdom has Always been Central

November 15, 2018

I was initially asked to write a long piece for the Student reflecting on this event as a Jew. I encouraged Bates Hillel to submit individual reflections. For me, representing the Jewish experience at...

White Colonial Amnesia

November 7, 2018

This administration, and the American people at large, have time and again shown that they hate immigrants of color. Trump’s administration has boisterously supported banning refugees and asylum seekers...

The President’s Threat to Immigrant Dreams

November 7, 2018

President Donald Trump wants to end birthright citizenship because it is, as he aggressively stated at a rally, a "crazy, lunatic policy." What he calls crazy, many families call hope. The 14th Amendment...

The Self-Destruction Of American Politics

November 7, 2018

Is the United States broken? Has our country finally succumbed to hatred and animosity? Just over the past two weeks, there has been a nationwide occurrence of pipe bombs that were targeted at several...

Undocumented Immigration is Cheating

November 7, 2018

On October 2, a few dozen Bates students from Professor Longaker’s Social Movements in Latin America class congregated near Commons to stake out a claim for themselves in the nationwide immigration debate....

The Power of Religion in American Government

November 7, 2018

Even though American politics has separated the state from the church, it would be naive to think that religion isn’t still embedded in American politics. Considering the overwhelming number of people...

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