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Say Our Names: Injustice against Black Women

Christen Fields

July 17, 2020

Many people in black community have been deceiving themselves. Right now, America is in one of the most sensitive time periods that it has ever been in. The wrongful killing of George Floyd has brought uproars and protests to the streets of American cities in an attempt to bring police brutality and r...

The Myth of Self-Segregation

November 6, 2019

“The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on.” This quote by Dorothy Day highlights how, legally, people have the ability to be in the same space with people who come from backgrounds different from their own; however, due to societal hierarchies not everyone has the ab...

Privilege vs Power

October 2, 2019

One of the main takeaways I gathered from the Kiese Laymon speech on Sept. 26 was this idea of “luck,” and how White people assume that the only reason a Black person could be successful is by ‘luck.” In their minds, it would be absurd for a Black person to attain success by means of an earnest ...

Racism Is Embedded in Southern Food Culture

Racism Is Embedded in Southern Food Culture

Ayesha Sharma

April 4, 2018

Most white folks who speak to me about Charleston, South Carolina tell me they’ve "heard so much about it!" "I’ve heard it’s really cosmopolitan, and the food is great, right?" they ask me. I’m not sure how to respond to that, in all honesty. I usually pause with hesitation, searching for a ...

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