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Meet the Heat confronts black relationships with campus police

A few students share their previous negative experinces with the cops and how that affected their preception of them. Photo credit: Julian Mendoza

Julian Mendoza

November 15, 2019

Growing up, many people in the group Meet the Heat were afraid and skeptical of law enforcement. Despite their past experiences, they are working with University Police to start a relationship.Ka Lynda Watts has dealt with multiple negative encounters from police. The police ignored her when someone dr...

Alicia Keys’ ‘HERE’ discusses race, music, gender, politics and more

Alicia Keys'

Rylee Pedotti

November 14, 2016

Alicia Keys has long been revered for her vocal prowess and soulful awareness. In a time where artists are using candid self-reflection to deliver honest and forthcoming projects, Alicia Keys delivers with her most recent release. In a statement to fans posted to her website, Keys confesses that HERE aligns with this trend of transparency, "On this al...

Race relations are moving backward

Photo credit: David Molina

Jeff Guzman and David Molina

October 14, 2016

Race relations in the U.S. are starting to move backward. Sixty-three percent of Americans believe that race relations in the United States are generally bad and that a majority of Americans think that race relations are getting worse, according to several polls by the Washington Post. Anywhere in the country, whether it’s Ferguson, Charlotte, Dallas, Chicago or Milwaukee, the dissatisfaction is clear. As the first African-Am...

Students discuss being mistaken for other ethnic groups

Daisy Dardon

January 25, 2015

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Ask before assuming about someone’s ethnicity

Illustration by Darian Maroney

Daisy Dardon

January 20, 2015

I can't count the number of times that people have assumed that I’m Mexican. Whether it’s because of the color of my skin or my accent, it’s always been assumed that I'm Mexican, as if Mexico were the only country in the world with Spanish-speaking or brown-skinned people. When it is revealed t...

Americans shouldn’t fear identity labels

Alyssa Dunning

October 18, 2014

While Raven-Symone may want to live in a colorless world, I don't.Raven-Symone made news headlines when she told Oprah in an interview that she doesn't like to label herself African-American or gay. While I understand her sentiments, getting rid of labels won't change anything. Labels will never be the actua...

Americans divided over use of labels

Alyssa Dunning

October 11, 2014

[View the story "Are labels harmful or helpful?" on Storify]Leave comments or suggestions to keep the conversation going.Alyssa Dunning can be reached at [email protected] or @Alyssadunning3 on Twitter...

New movie, TV show will spark race conversations

Alyssa Dunning

September 14, 2014

Coming from a family of different races was normal to me. My mom married my stepdad, who is black, when I was nine. About a year and a half later my brother was born. As a kid I thought nothing of it, but as I grew up and we moved to a small town I realized it was a big deal to other people. With rece...

Old mindsets haunt modern progress

Matt Murphy

May 5, 2014

I don't think about racism. That probably doesn't carry much weight coming from a white male, the least discriminated-against of any demographic. I do, however, think that it is the prevailing attitude of people my age. Overt racism isn't something I grew up with. The largest racially-charged event of my...

Affirmative action may be legalized

Affirmative action may be legalized

Enrique Raymundo

March 11, 2014

A proposed constitutional amendment legalizing affirmative action for California universities could make it to the November ballot if it passes the state Assembly. The amendment, which passed the state Senate in January, would allow universities to consider factors like race, sex, color, ethnicity or nationa...

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