Race, Politics, and Resistance

Our takes on issues of race, politics, and how we resist systemic injustices.

I Grieve For My City

This isn’t meant to be a clever think piece analyzing why people are angry, why Shockley was acquitted, or why I’m not surprised about it any of it. This piece is meant to meant to be an expression of the soul as opposed to the intellect.

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Leaving Home

While access to higher education has slowly been expanded, the underlying structures and design has not changed much, which does not make it easy for the historically marginalized to feel a sense of belonging.

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Remembering Our Myths

by Marquise Griffin

Remembering our stories prompts us to remember who we are. That we are not just who society tells us we should be nor are we simply the sum of our circumstances.

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ESPN Got Some ‘Splaining to Do

As the dynamic of predominantly black bodies being used to generate enormous profit for white billionaires becomes more glaringly problematic, it would behoove ESPN, the NFL, and any other relevant acronym to at least pretend like they care about inclusivity.

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Moving Freely: Experiences Abroad as a Black Woman

The longer I stayed in France, it felt like I was getting lighter; stripped to being simply me and learning how to function in society all over again, this time, without historical baggage and my own will to bring a new life to fruition.

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Finding Peace Under An Unpeaceful Government

The authorities want to put us in a fearful state. Once you talk about your leader who has failed to deliver his service, just know tomorrow they are jailing you up, and you will never be seen again for life.

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Men Need to Cry More

Toxic masculinity tells men, especially black men, that we should never show our true feelings. The only exceptions are monumental achievements like winning a sports championships or tragic losses such as losing a family member. Other things are not colossal enough to make a grown ass man cry.

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The Poison of Corruption

One thing I have learned to eliminate corruption: people must be taught how to overcome entrenched motives such as greed and selfishness. However, human governments lack both will and ability to implement this type of education program.

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The Dangerous Misconceptions About Africa

I know the reason they would always show that shocking side of Africa is to intimidate you from having any motives of coming to see yourself in the homeland. They know that connecting Africa with the rest of the Diaspora would be a revolution of change, so stay awake.

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Self-Care and Resistance

One of the most difficult struggles for me is not growing numb. Because numbness kills resistance. So I have to allow myself to be angry, to grieve, to do something that honors the life of the victim.

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Unpacking Toxic Masculinity

When I reflect over my socialization, I realize I was instilled with some of the same toxic beliefs about my masculinity that led to people senselessly losing their lives.

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Black Depression and the San Bernardino Shooting

by Marquise Griffin

The man who committed yesterday’s tragedy was undoubtedly mentally ill. The fact that he was black forces me to reflect on all of the various historical, socioeconomic, and political conditions that are making suicide and depression rates so high among black men.

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Balancing Motherhood and Activism

by Benu Xanamara Ma’at

It all leads to the theories and practices that I am utilizing as a mother–a single mother–raising a son who will be able to successfully navigate and thrive in this world.

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