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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...

Why The Word “Woke” Needs To Be Put To Rest

October 23, 2019

One of the most problematic parts about attending a liberal arts school is the arbitrary manner in which the term “woke” is used. People use the term in their everyday language because it’s one of those buzzwords that indicates a person is “down for the cause.” But, in my opinion, I believ...

Kiese Laymon Brings Humor to Reckon with Racial Past in Liberal Arts Institutions

October 2, 2019

At 7:30 on Thursday, Sept. 26, students, faculty, and many others shuffled into Memorial Commons for an evening discussion of social justice with author and Mississippi native Kiese Laymon. Laymon’s talk garnered interest across campus after various FYS students praised his writing from their clas...

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 ...

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