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My experience unlearning the “liberal” Universities protect students of color narrative By Ja’Loni Owens

For a while I thought that I’d only have to hear things like “Sure your ancestors were enslaved when America was founded, but you have rights now…” or that hearing “Yeah, some founding fathers owned slaves, but those men are why you have the right to disagree with me right now” would be from racist Internet trolls, or from Republicans who get off on attempting to and successfully trapping activists in silly arguments. Unfortunately, I must also hear statements like these regularly from many of my peers and even faculty members at Hofstra University, my university. The thing is, I don’t go to college in Mississippi or Tennessee. I go to college in New York, in a state that is ride-or-die for the Democratic Party, in a state that is “so liberal” and “so safe for people of color”. Since drafting a Change.org petition calling on my university’s administrators to finally remove the sculpture of Thomas Jefferson from its campus and working with student activists to organize an on-campus dem…

We are the Oasis in the Middle of the Desert by Genesis Rivera

In my capacity as a fellow for the Center for “Race”, Culture and Social Justice, I am obligated to attend meetings, conduct research, and promote events that explore the impact of diversity on campus and in the greater community. Often, however, we can lose sight of the bigger picture: students and professors alike are capable of losing sight of why diversity and inclusion advocacy is important and necessary. Therefore, I often take it upon myself to engage with our local community and stay grounded in my convictions. Every Sunday, dozens of people who struggle to feed their families with the meager selection of food they can find locally lined up to receive rotting fruits and vegetables, day old bread, and dairy products on the verge of expiration. They desperately grab for the nutrients they need, no matter the condition of the food, they need to grab as much as they can so they have proper meals for one more week. The unfortunate arguments and mobs that result are kept under contro…

The Racialization of Islam: Islamophobia in the United States by Maryam Qureshi

The Racialization of Islam: Islamophobia in the United States by Maryam Qureshi
“Islamophobia” is discriminatory behavior with racial, political, and historic underpinnings towards Muslims or “look like Muslims” in the United States. A discriminatory reality created by politically motivated rhetoric and imaginations, Muslims across this nation suffer from racial profiling and hate crimes in increasing numbers in our society (Considine). At the forefront of combatting Islamophobia, Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), published in a 2016 report stating that anti-Muslim racism and Islamophobia has “moved from the fringes of American society to the mainstream” (CAIR 2016, 5). During the 2016 presidential campaign, comments against Muslims were made on national television such as, “Islam hates us,” “[Muslims are] uncorked animals,” and “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” (Considine). Undoubtedly, such rhetoric h…

Reflections on the American Dream by Tomeka M. Robinson

Reflections on the American Dream by Tomeka M. Robinson
The overarching question posted is: Is the American Dream alive for every race/ethnicity?
I stand in firm negation of this question and will provide several reasons why throughout this case.
But first, I would like to start with some definitions to ground my thoughts:
American Dream (Merriam Webster Dictionary)- the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative
Alive- still in existence, force, or operation
Race- social construct based on perceived phenotypical attributes, i.e. no biological basis
Ethnicity- belonging to a particular ethnic affiliation or group

While the American Dream is the idea that every citizen SHOULD have equal opportunity, evidence proves that not every citizen DOES have equal opportunity.
Contention 1:
America’s history of structural, persistent, and infectious racism has served as a bedrock for inequality for the …