I am tired of having to explain to people what it feels like to be Black in America and why they should care. Silence speaks louder than words, and the silence from people who claim to be allies in the struggle against racism is deafening.
Making insensitive comments and isolating people can’t be justified by being “afraid” of catching the virus.
“For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” also called “For Colored Girls”, is a choreopoem written by Ntozake Shange. It premiered in 1976 and tells the story of seven African-American women, identified by separate colors of the rainbow, who struggle with sexism, racism, poverty, mental illness and more. They suffer unspeakable horrors, brave heartbreak and loss and wrestle with their own identities in their communities and the wider world.
Racial issues in sports span across the world and manifest themselves in different ways depending on where they take place. This brings us to American sports’ current number one hot button issue, still, after three years: Colin Kaepernick vs. the National Football League.
In 2013, ESPN writer Wright Thompson penned an article for “ESPN the Mag” titled, “When The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly: A journey into the world of Italy’s racist soccer thugs.” Six years later, the problem is just as bad, if not worse.
Does Washington University care about its image with black St. Louis residents? WUPD clearly doesn’t. Surrounding communities, especially communities of color, are skeptical of Wash. U. This is a microcosm of why.
No matter how horrific the atrocity they’re justifying or inciting, there are unavoidable moral drawbacks to hitting a white nationalist with an egg.
So, while I am glad individual people, especially people of extreme privilege, have been speaking out more about equality, they represent the very first step in dismantling the system.
This whole controversy has needlessly centered whiteness and the most privileged individuals on this campus. However, this controversy is not about white people; it is about the rights of marginalized communities and their allies on Washington University’s campus.
Because facts are constantly under attack, it is important that we all have a shared basis of understanding and agreement on what the words we say actually mean.
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