Today’s issue includes a story packaged under the headline “Social media deepens divide” about the backlash following a photo posted on Snapchat—and later Facebook—of two students with beauty products on their faces and the caption, “We’re in the zulu (sic) tribe.”
It goes without being said that I was not surprised when I received a text message featuring an image of two female Asian students sporting modern variations of Black face with the caption, “We’re in the zulu (sic) tribe.”
Understandably so, the photo stuck a nerve amongst members of the Wash. U. community. The insensitivity displayed by the two girls shocked and angered many, while others called for action from University administrators.
For far too long, we’ve lived in a culture and system of asymmetrical power and violence, one in which men consistently commit violence against other beings. As Washington University students, we’ve learned a lot about bystander intervention and about how to protect and look after our fellow community-members.
Two weeks ago, the presidential debate lit up the Washington University community into an emblazoned state of spirit—students ran across campus in their Bear apparel, debate water bottles, T-shirts and pins in tow.
It’s no secret that Washington University has long lagged far behind its peer institutions in terms of socioeconomic diversity. With a paltry 6.2 percent of students qualifying for a federal Pell Grant in 2015, a number a full 4 percentage points below the next closest four-year research university, Wash. U. rightfully earned the deplorable distinction of the least financially diverse university in the country.
Amendment 3 is attempting to give the children of Missouri something so many children do not have, a high quality childhood education.
The topic of terrorism, and what our next president will do to combat it abroad and prevent it from happening at home, is a major concern. Our 2.5 candidates have some views worth looking at.
The video, shared on Twitter by Kansas City journalist Christa Dubill, has been retweeted almost 13,000 times. It is one minute and 52 seconds long.
At the end of the day, however, I believe that the University missed a chance to turn this opportunity for publicity and self-improvement into one that could benefit the nation, and in doing so, failed to carry out its responsibilities as an institution of higher learning.