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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The Breath That Connects Us

Featured Artwork: Feroze Alam In the same week that George Floyd was so callously killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, I attended a webinar celebrating Africa Month and what it meant to be African. Right here in South Africa, a country that carries the heavy legacy of colonialism, slavery, and apartheid, is irrefutable, scientific…

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Are The Filipino People Truly Free?

Featured Artwork: Thea Torres On June 12th, the Philippines celebrates its 122nd year of independence: a feat we achieved thanks to our forefathers who wielded their pens and swords and revolted against our colonizers. But given the recent turn of events, our country seems to be doing them a great disservice by allowing a tyrant…

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The Importance of Telling It as It Is

Featured Image: Aidan Un/The Philadelphia Inquirer Spoilers for Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay up ahead! . . . This pandemic, I’ve been revisiting a lot of my favorite books from when I was a kid. I know I’m not alone in this pursuit: I guess we’re all holding on to remnants of our…

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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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The Problem with Performative Activism

Featured Image: University Press On June 2, many awoke to black squares partnered with #BlackoutTuesday flooding their Instagram feeds. These posts came at the heels of George Floyd’s death, one of the many Black individuals to die at the hands of police brutality. The trend was created by two music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang in “observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the Boulevard”,…

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The Black Lives Matter Movement Isn’t a Trend

Featured Artwork: Adrian Brandon On May 25th, 2020: George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an innocent Black man suffocated for more than seven minutes by the pressure of Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee pressing onto his throat. Mr. Floyd begged for air, repeatedly calling out, “I can’t breathe.” Let it be known that Mr. Floyd’s…

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Having Pride in #BlackLivesMatter

Featured Artwork: Damian Alexander The Black Lives Matter movement is not new, but this is the largest it has ever been. In the last few days, all fifty states and an additional 18 countries took part in protests to demand justice for George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer. Additional demands for justice…

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