Letter from the writers of ‘Invisible on campus’

The reporting for this series began last August with research on the Black Manifesto Collection archived in Olin Library’s special collections section. This collection contains the 1968 Black Manifesto, as well as subsequent manifestos and related documents.

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Invisible on campus: An introduction to the past, present and future of black oppression at Wash. U.

Over the course of the fall semester, Student Life spoke with nearly 50 University community members, comprising administrators, faculty, staff, students and alumni. We were searching for evidence of a plan to counteract the University’s history of homogeneity; we hoped to hear tangible, specific tactics that the administration will either continue or adopt to increase the low percentages of black students and faculty and to improve the campus climate.

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Black Anthology focuses on awareness of racial issues, college student experience

Black Anthology focused on the importance of staying aware of racial issues post-Ferguson in its performances this weekend. This year’s production, titled “woke,” depicted the hardships and adversity African-Americans experience on a daily basis on predominantly white campuses.

| Staff Reporter

To Rudy Giuliani and anybody else weirdly offended by Beyonce

On Super Bowl Sunday, Beyonce Knowles shocked and offended angry white people everywhere when she dared to remind the world that she is, in fact, black. But perhaps that’s an oversimplification of the criticism she’s received in light of her new “Formation” music video and halftime performance, so I’ll take a minute to examine the charges.

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‘Blacktivism’ event brings alum to talk research, activism, race, sexuality and gender politics

Dawn-Elissa Fischer, a Washington University alumna and associate professor of Africana studies at San Francisco State University, spoke about her research into hip-hop and her efforts to improve racial diversity.

Laura Lee | Contributing Reporter

Sociology department builds from ground up, focuses on race relations in St. Louis

As hundreds of new students enter life at Washington University, an entire department of professors is learning the ins and outs of the University as well. The sociology department, re-formed this semester after a nearly 25-year hiatus, currently consists of three professors, all new or returning inhabitants of St. Louis: David Cunningham, Jake Rosenfeld and Adia Harvey Wingfield. Each has unique expectations for the department and for the University.

Ariel Kravitz | Contributing Reporter

My identity confession: Don’t tell me who I should be

Racial identity functions on a spectrum and is something that an individual has the power to define independently. It isn’t an absolute concept, so there’s no reason why anyone should have to live up to certain expectations about his or her race. Just because you don’t conform to those expectations also doesn’t mean that you can’t still culturally identify with it.

Rima Parikh | Staff Columnist

SAE activities suspended following racially offensive action involving pledges

SEE THE UPDATED VERSION OF THIS STORY HERE. Washington University and the organization’s national headquarters have suspended all Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity activities following an alleged racially offensive activity involving a large number of pledges Tuesday night. A group of students involved in the pledge process for SAE fraternity reportedly used inflammatory language toward a […]

Death penalty panel tackles the topic of race

Following the recent Troy Davis execution controversy, the Washington University Pre-Law Society presented a panel of experts to discuss the practice of capital punishment and whether or not racism plays a role in implementation of the death penalty.

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RE: Wash. U. is segregated

Last weekend, I logged onto Facebook to see what was going on. As I studied my newsfeed (which has changed 15 times in two years), some pretty striking statuses came to my attention. They spoke of ignorance and racism, specifically targeting some freshman girl, Claire Ferguson. I saw several different statuses as I scrolled down, and wondered what was going on.

Jonathan Howard | op-ed Submission

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