White people, people of color don’t owe us anything. In fact, we actually owe them. We owe them responses that are not defensive, “I’m not racist” retorts. We owe them understanding and, at the very least, we owe them serious attempts at unlearning racial bias. We owe them our own slightly inconvenient discomfort because, in all of the United States’ history, we have not stopped causing the suffering and erasure of people of color.
Post-grad life can be difficult to navigate, so before seniors get their diploma on May 5, some professors wanted to share some parting advice:
Moving away from home for the first time can be a difficult transition for many college students. It’s hard to be away from your family and completely start over in a new environment. But some students have a little piece of home right here on The Bluff. The Beacon talked to 13 pairs of siblings at UP, who shared the advantages and disadvantages of going to school with your brother or sister.
The hardest part of coming to college for the first time may not be leaving your parents, your house or your friends. For many, the hardest part can be leaving your dog. (Or, for those who aren’t dog people, leaving your cat, or fish or any other furry friend.) Studies show that owning a pet can be good for you, and help reduce anxiety and loneliness. Some UP students don’t wait to graduate, buy a house and get a job before they have their dream pet. Some bring their furry best friend to college with them or adopt pets while they’re still students.
When I was studying abroad in Spain last semester, my hometowns caught on fire. At the time, you probably read a headline or two regarding those fires in Northern California, but you haven’t heard much since. You might have already forgotten about them. But I have not.
Diversity Dialogues is in full swing with a conversation on how to improve LGBTQIA experiences in the Mehling Ballroom tomorrow, a screening of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Wednesday, and Prisca Dorcas speaking in Mago Hunt on Friday, along with many other events that can be found here.
Several Muslim women at UP told The Beacon that although there are few people on campus who wear the hijab, they rarely get questions from other students about the custom. So we invited them to answer, in their own words, "What does the hijab mean to you?"
We asked around and found a few brave souls on campus who were willing to get up close and personal with a camera and provide the rest of us hairless faces with some answers.
I am proud to have been able to help cover the Women’s March, but there is no way of knowing how effective it was until history gives us those answers and people should not already claim that they have them. What history will tell us depends entirely on what human beings are doing right now to be activists for civil rights.
Happy love day, Pilots!