There are people on this campus who don’t know what it is like to have to constantly search for themselves in spaces, and this is a privilege.
The decision to capitalize Black comes from the expertise and advocacy of academics, activists and linguists. Black is not purely a descriptor, but an identity group as well.
Capitalizing the word “Black” is in many ways the lowest of low-hanging fruit for justice for oppressed people. It doesn’t require any new thinking; just add another little loop on top. Black is not a color, it is a people.
A look at the rhetoric surrounding dialogue on diversity, changing strategies in activism and remaining challenges the University faces.
Wash. U. boasts a number of black administrators, but that diversity hasn’t extended to the faculty ranks, and University officials pointed to these numbers as the hardest to change.
Allow me to first clarify some things so that the content of my opinion piece will be received within context: I am black, I am a junior, and I am from Harlem, N.Y., originally born in the South Bronx, New York City. Both areas are predominantly made of people of black, Puerto Rican and/or Dominican descent.
Complaints about alleged race discrimination by a Chicago bar against six black Washington University students have prompted state and federal investigations and a likely lawsuit to be filed by the students against the bar.
All right kiddos, it’s Black History Month! I’ll write my report on Harriet Tubman; why don’t you do George Washington Carver? Or maybe Nelson Mandela or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? How about Barack Obama? Is it all right that he’s only half-black? Some would say President Obama is black. He married a black woman, […]
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