Talking About Color in India

Featured Artwork: Manasi Vaidya “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”  –Maya Angelou Traveling the world is something we all dream of. Our lives seem so small, and the world so large, absolutely brimming with wonders we have yet to feast our senses on. Whenever some family…

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The Emotional Trauma of Racism

Featured Artwork: Daylight Illustrations I cried when I heard the story of Althea Bernstein, an 18-year-old biracial woman whose face and neck were burned by white men wielding lighter fluid in Wisconsin, though she fortunately survived. It’s clear that this was a racist hate crime, given that her attackers called her a racial slur just…

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National Obsession: The Dark Side of Filipino Love Teams

The Filipino language takes pride in its wide collection of “untranslatable” words. But the most intriguing one of them all has to be kilig. When you ask someone to explain what the term means, they almost always pause to collect their thoughts, attempt to link the feeling to physical sensations — butterflies in the stomach,…

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We’re All Racist

Featured Artwork: Chelsea Beck Why Legal Reform Alone Is Not Enough You might have read the title of this article and immediately thought it could not possibly apply to you. After all, how could you be racist when you’ve been going to protests, posting Instagram stories and retweets all day, calling your representatives, and signing…

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How Colonialism Lives On

Featured Artwork: Hildibrand Colonial hangover is an extensively discussed subject in the subcontinent, with many of its educated elite openly denouncing it, and many calls for a replenished identity. There are overt manifestations of the British legacy — in clothing, the burden of a necessary “English-medium”, the fan-mangled accents, the “settler abroad” aspiration. All of…

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Shedding Light on Different Experiences of Growing up Ahmadi

Featured Artwork: Alona Savchuk Qadiani: a word commonly used to refer to those belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. The elders in our community can recall moments from their childhood when they were tormented in front of crowds of classmates and called by this infamous religious slur. They would hear this on the playground, where…

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Combating Anti-Black Racism Within Latinx Communities

Featured Artwork: Brittany Holloway As tensions erupt across the globe, the Latinx community has shown solidarity by demanding the end of racism and protesting throughout the cities. Systemic racism and police brutality have disproportionately caused pain and merciless murder for Black people in the United States. However, marching in the streets is not enough to…

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Why Colonialism-Themed Literature Should Be Reinforced into Education Systems

Featured Artwork: Thomas Blackshear Spoilers ahead for  The Secret River by Kate Grenville . . . For my IGCSE English Literature syllabus, I was required to read a novel centered around the theme of colonialism entitled The Secret River, written by Kate Grenville. Before, I had known very little about colonisation’s true implications; I had…

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Racism is the Tree and Colonialism are the Roots

Featured Artwork: Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga Colonialism, as summarised so easily by Google in one sentence, would be: The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers and exploiting it economically. As I see it, this definition seems like a poisoned apple. It’s incredibly simplified and it…

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