Privilege and Power: Ferguson and Being an Ally

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As violence against people of color becomes more apparent, many Americans are angry, and rightfully so. I remember being furious the night of the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, and I wanted to get involved in any way I could. A

The War on Islam, Media Injustice and the Bittersweet Reality of Hate Crimes

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Islam is Peace On June 30th, 2013, I made the best decision of my life: I became a Muslim. Since that day, my life has been a whirlwind of blessings, happiness, confusion, sadness, self awareness, immense patience, and healing. It’s

Upheld in Love

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I saw their faces – the faces of the 43 missing students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College in Iguala, Mexico – and I felt them in my heart. I could see just a glimpse of their personalities

Smells Like Teen Talent

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It’s no secret to all my friends and family that I love music and can’t live without it. The first type of music I ever fell in love with was rock. I listened to Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Motley Crue.

The War is Now

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I’ve been trying for weeks to find the right words to explain how I feel about this complex story of American police brutality. Our system is so corrupt that it isn’t even a matter of crime and punishment – it’s

Israel’s Curious Relationship with U.S. Academia

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The Israeli and Palestinian conflict has been nothing but a cloud of explosions, blood, tears and tragedy for many years. The thousands of civilians dying in hospitals and in the streets of Gaza is nothing new. What is new is

I’m Scared

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On the day that George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, I had a brief conversation with my friend. My friend’s name is Sheldon. He is from Jamaica, he moved here with his mom and dad when

The Multiple Meanings of Thanksgiving

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It’s November again and the first thing that comes to mind for most people is Thanksgiving. It’s one of the few times in the year where family, friends, loved ones, and even strangers come together around the dinner table. While

Inequity, the University, and Palestine

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I recently had the opportunity to hear Dr. Steven Salaita speak. He is a Professor of Palestinian descent who had a tenured position at Virginia Tech University, and earlier this year accepted a tenured position at the University of Illinois.