As a Minority Student at Mizzou, The Racial Tensions There Didn’t Surprise Me



This week’s events at the University of Missouri don’t surprise me one bit. As a graduate student in Mizzou’s journalism school with a Japanese and Jewish background, I know what it’s like to be a minority. There, I am regularly reminded that I am different. Without [...]

Race, Memory, and the World That Made New Orleans

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My father is listed as white on his birth certificate. His great-grandfather was the founder of America’s first black daily newspaper. But when I tell the story of my family, inextricably linked to the narrative of New Orleans and, in fact, to the country, I [...]

Why The Edmund Pettus Bridge Must Be Renamed



The Edmund Pettus Bridge is a symbol of freedom all over the world. It is also a symbol of voting rights and democracy. However, the very name stands for the exact opposite. Symbols are powerful. Symbols enter into our conscious and subconscious without our screening them. [...]

Marrow Weary—How Deeply Rooted Racism is in the Fight For Equal Education



A one minute review of the recent events unfolding, as it seems that’s all the time we have left. As of August 30t, 2015, I will no longer be a Local School Council Facilitator, as my medium, and long term goals conflict with this [...]

Resurrecting the Nightmarish History of Lynching in Mississippi


There is a Mississippi that we remember and the one in which we live. Beginning today these might differ. Judge Carlton Reeves recounts our history and declares there is A New Mississippi. For as long as most of us can [...]

A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza

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I created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the [...]

Irene Robinson Cries, “Mayor You Stole My Children’s Safe, Sane Neighborhood School”

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Surrounded by girls, Rasheed Curtis, 6, talks about why Overton should stay open before the last day of school at Overton Elementary School, June 19, 2013. | Jessica Koscielniak ~ Sun-Times Mayor You Stole My Children’s Safe, Sane Neighborhood SchoolA second open letter from Irene Robinson [...]