Op-Ed: Race, American Ideology, and Militarized Police

August 27, 2014
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By Carolyn Davis Last year, I sat in front of my television in Brookline, a Boston suburb, and watched on live TV as police officers rolled armored vehicles down the streets of neighboring Watertown. Many officers were outfitted in tactical gear fit for urban warfare. They swarmed residential streets, assuming sniper positions atop cars and roofs. Others swept through homes, guns raised. When suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was finally found...
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Excerpts from In the Away Time by Kristen Nelson

August 27, 2014
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. January You called me She instead of You. “Where is she going now?” is the first question you ever asked me. You were standing on a porch next to the last She who you broke. I remember looking up at you over my shoulder and smiling. I was going skinny-dipping. F joked that if ever there was your gravestone, it would read: More Soon.   I thought: how lovely....
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Personal is Political: On Impact We Lie Die

August 26, 2014
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I was in 9th grade, 14, at the start of this story, 5 years past my first period, past my first training bra, and a virgin. But only in the lying way of being a virgin, when a woman wants to own her own body, and says she’s a virgin even though her brother first penetrated her 7 years previously. The kind of woman who was never a virgin,...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: #LightSkinnedProblems

August 26, 2014
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By Ashley Millner   The hardest part about being African American in a cruel, ignorant world is that many of my peers are unaware that I am. I have been subjected to so much racism and bigotry because people freely talk in front of me, saying things they would never say in front of a person with darker skin than myself. I almost feel like it’s harder to be...
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Burying Our Babies: Letter from Los Angeles to Ferguson

August 25, 2014
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In South Los Angeles’s Crenshaw District, there are three funeral homes within a one mile radius of each other. On bright sunny days, young people pour out from their doors after viewing hours, lingering on the steps reminiscing, sporting t-shirts with pictures and art work commemorating the dead. On a thoroughfare that epitomizes L.A.’s deification of the car, cars are often rolling R.I.P. memorials of the dearly departed, the...
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Blood (Orange) on the Tracks

August 22, 2014
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I have been listening to the new Blood Orange album, Cupid Deluxe, twice a day for the past few weeks.  A friend suggested it for the emotional trauma I was then, and still am, living through.  This week I have been arriving at work late, still jet lagged and exhausted from two weeks on the West Coast.  I put in my headphones and am greeted by the first track:...
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Hoods Up, Hands Up: Against the White to Bear Arms

August 22, 2014
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By Lauren Heintz The images of militarized police in Ferguson rightly bring to mind the trickle down of military devices to state police, as Rania Khalek argues in her article. They also call up a much deeper historical legacy of how and why state police have always been heavily armed. In the late eighteenth century, armed militias were created specifically for white Southerners to defend against slave revolts, in...
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Poems for Ferguson: Vanessa Huang and Aya de Leon

August 22, 2014
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Two poets consider Michael Brown, Ferguson, MO, and the crucial ways in which Black Life Matters.     How Do I Love Thee? A love poem from the Ferguson, MO police dept to Black residents: An informal emulation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 by Aya de Leon . How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee with the blooming red rose of police...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: On Ferguson’s Protest and Its Occupation

August 22, 2014
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By Vanessa Lynn Lovelace On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at around noon, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer. Eyewitnesses report that Brown was unarmed when the officer opened fire on him. The autopsy reports that Brown was killed by multiple gunshot wounds, but the report initially did not reveal how many shots Brown sustained (we now know it is at least six). Two...
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She’s In: Anti-Racist, Anti-Imperial Feminists Against War

August 21, 2014
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By Zillah Eisenstein Hillary Rodham Clinton (un)officially entered the 2016 presidential race in her interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic magazine. Much has been said of her criticism of the Obama administration’s Syria policy and the vacuum it supposedly created allowing Islamic “terrorism” to flourish. Much less has been said of her unequivocal embrace of president Netanyahu and the Israeli war in Gaza. Her stance condones a perpetual...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: Just in Case

August 20, 2014
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By Megan Koopman   When you become a woman and your breasts start to show in a way that makes vice principals shake and neighborhood boys stare. You begin to know three words so perfectly they string together like a banner from eyelash to eyelash.   Just in case   You see them while you pay $12.99 for that hard pink plastic tube of pepper spray.   While your...
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