A (Personal) Written Speech on Racism & Anti-Blackness

Featured Artwork: Shirien Damra 6.13.20 Hi. I’m Na’ilah. A lot of y’all know me as Nailah — minus the Arabic pronunciation — because it’s easier for me to dumb my name down for everyone else’s benefit. My name is Arabic for achiever, I believe. I never felt like it was a name that fit me.…

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On Being Black in America Amid Current Events

Featured Image: Hollie Adams for Teen Vogue Living while Black. That was the only crime many Black men committed before being brutally murdered by law enforcement. But wearing the skin they’re in isn’t a crime, unless you live in the US, a country built on racial oppression and genocide. See, we call ourselves the United…

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Fitting In vs. Standing Out: Being Black in Predominantly White Schools

Featured Artwork: Aishwarya Srivastava A few months ago, I had a problem. Not specifically my problem, of course, but I had heard about it and, as one does, I involved myself in this problem. After all, it was indirectly meant for me. It was a Friday evening either in late November or early December. I…

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Say His Name: Elijah Al-Amin

By now, I’m sure you all have heard of, and hopefully not forgotten, the tragic story of Elijah Al-Amin, the young Arizona boy killed on Independence Day because of his decision to play a certain genre of music. A man slit the throat of the 17-year-old because of the “threatening” music. The accused threat? Rap…

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New Zealand Terrorist Attacks: The Fight Against Double Standards

On March 15th, I went to sleep heartbroken because of the news of a terrorist attack against Muslims in New Zealand. I had opened Twitter directly after my sister went to bed and my heart stopped. I couldn’t stop crying. I was in pain, and angry. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. And as I…

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The Calm After The Storm

I have anxiety, probably as a result of experiences that will haunt me forever. At times, I still have panic attacks — moments where I feel like I can’t breathe, it’s getting hot, and I’m overthinking but can’t think at the same time. For a long time, I didn’t know how to get past these moments,…

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First They Came For…

Below is a modern play on Martin Niemöller’s “First They Came For The Socialists” from the view of a white American citizen, and following that is a story from the same perspective. “First they came for the Blacks, and I did not speak out — because I am not black. Then they came for the…

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Why I Don’t Stand: An American Minority on the Pledge of Allegiance

“Please stand for the Pledge and a moment of silence.” Growing up, it was a phrase that was branded in my mind as the one constant in my life. At first, since I was young and didn’t know any better, I would stand with my right hand over my chest and recite the words I’d…

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