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The devastating murder of George Floyd in May ignited important conversations on race in America. It exposed the underlying systemic racism and inequalities that have historically plagued the Black community. This moment is creating powerful conversations surrounding what actions institutions should take to create change and increase opportunities for Black people.
George Floyd. Mike Brown. Oscar Grant. Philando Castille. Eric Garner. Stephen Clarke. Freddie Gray. The extreme police brutality in the U.S. has created a distrust and disconnect between police departments and people of color.
A few years ago, I saw a quote by poet Jasmine Mans. On a large white wall, in an empty room in defined black letters, it read: “My son will not be a martyr for a war he did not ask for.” Each and every time I read that quote, it hits me in a different place and cuts a little deeper than the time before.
Discrimination is seemingly impossible for black people to avoid, even during a time of global crisis.
Preliminary data has shown black people are contracting and dying from COVID-19 at disproportionate rates. In Michigan, black people are 133% more likely to contract the virus than the overall state percentage of infected individuals.
Two video bloggers commonly known as Diamond and Silk who have gained a reputation for supporting President Donald Trump have faced criticism for their online coverage of COVID-19. The media personalities, who are black women, are hosts of a pro-Trump talk show on Fox News's online streaming service Fox Nation.
The week before spring break, I had several professors tell me to prepare for a few weeks of online learning. Little did I know that week would turn into the rest of the semester.
The Black Student Union and Lambda Upsilon Lambda presented a black brown solidarity panel Feb. 18 at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. This event was in celebration of Black History Month and was put on to create stronger relationships between minority groups at IU.
Family. A word felt as black and brown people laugh, hug and converse. A group of people from different walks of life connected under the idea of a minority business fraternity, which came about almost a decade ago.
Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about the hypocrisy of Google profiting off of black bodies but not supporting black people. Kelley School of Business senior lecturer Benjamin Schultz did not agree that Google was at fault. He argued that the value of a company lies in its value of shareholders and that Google has no reponsibility to increase diversity.
Companies have been known to release advertisements during Black History Month that reflect on the experiences of black people in America. Many companies praise diversity outwardly but do not seem to value it as much internally.
The university makes students complete and consequently pay for course upon course outside of their prospective major or minor. While students might be able to solve a random equation they will not remember in five years, they lack education in one important area. Students should be required to take a course that could likely stick with them for life: a social awareness course.
Queen Elizabeth gained the crown in 1952 at age 25. She has been ruling for sixty-seven years, making her the longest-reigning British monarch ever.
To be or not to be.
Nelson Mandela once said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children."
As a young girl I always had a pencil and paper handy — and was ready to use it.
Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Five names. One heartbreaking story of injustice, pain and the haunting effects of systemic inequality that plague America.
However you wear it, it is likely these threadlike strands on your head do much more than protect your scalp or regulate the temperature of your head. It is often deeper than a ponytail or a cute curly cut. Hair creates a cultural identity for many.
Sept. 23, 1969, at 3:30 p.m. A Tuesday.
As students get ready for school in the morning, many teens may be focused on putting an outfit together or scrambling to make sure they have enough lunch money to get dessert. Some might be going over biology notecards, drilling into their young mind the function of mitochondria.