I sat in AP U.S. history class my junior year of high school during the lesson on the civil rights movement and the years following it. I had cautious optimism the history teacher might get it right this time, despite being a white man.
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Guilty. Culpable of or responsible for a specified wrongdoing. A word not often used to describe when a police officer kills a Black person. A word millions of people all over the world have been waiting to hear for almost a year.
I have always been an avid fan of the “Bachelor” franchise — whether I would like to admit it or not. Fake reality is my guilty pleasure. Every Monday night before coming back to Bloomington, my mom, sisters and I would gather on the big brown couch in the living room, snacks in hand, ready to see what drama would unfold that week.
When I was approached to be the founding editor of the Black Voices section at the end of June, I had no idea what to expect. I knew this section was something I was going to care for deeply — even though I was not sure what exactly it would look like just yet.
Maybe you love him, maybe you hate him. But you are a person with sense — you have to admit you are relieved.
Schulyer Bradley was a son, brother and friend. His resident assistant Carrington Smith said he was a person that genuinely cared about others.
Soprano opera singer Angela Brown knew she wanted to be a singer since she was a little girl. She had a deep passion for music and did not care if she was getting paid or is anyone was listening.
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.