Category Archive: Race

Attempting to Reason in the Holiday Season

Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, I sit down with my extended family to heaping dishes of mashed potatoes, sleekly polished bowls of green bean casserole, overflowing gravy boats, and, of… Continue reading

I Will Not Wear A Muzzle

Students are sent abroad to “become sensitive leaders in our changing world,” states the Gettysburg College Center for Global Education’s mission statement. We are asked to “foster global thinking and to instill a… Continue reading

Drowning in White Whine

“What are some examples of white privilege?” my professor asked. I felt an audible tension in the class as this was asked. This is a tricky subject, especially when you’re talking to a… Continue reading

Own Your Experience

This is a computer-generated message from the Campus Navigation Portal (CNAV), which can be accessed via the URL: Campus Navigation Portal (CNAV). It was sent to you to inform you of a significant… Continue reading

To ID or Not to ID

“And now can I have the last four digits of your Social? Then we’ll both know each other.”    A cloud of anger swept over me. I glanced up from my computer, blinked,… Continue reading

The White Screen

There was laughter all around me, and I couldn’t help but join in. I was at the orphanage, playing ball with a bunch of kids in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Despite being a little… Continue reading

Backed by a Bullet

Northern Arizona University and Texas Southern University’s school shootings popped up on my newsfeed. “We had two more school shootings today,” I text to my friend in Canada. “What the literal fuck,” she… Continue reading

Message from the President (of BSU)

Last night as a couple of my friends scrambled to find a classroom to do work in, they came across a poster that has been plastered all around campus for weeks now. This… Continue reading

Anchored in El Sueño Americano

“Give me your tired, give me your poor.” With these words carved into the Statue of Liberty, we should never forget that the United States of America is the home of those fleeing… Continue reading

On a Particularly Patriotic Day

I stare at myself in disgust before turning away and beginning to apply skin creams and makeup that promise a lighter complexion. I straighten my naturally thick, curly hair, methodically going over the… Continue reading