Monday, November 13, 2017 - 5:29pm

I have friends from everywhere.

Some come from nearby, a few hours away

And some come from afar, overseas they stay.

Some eat different foods than I

And others tell me what foods to try.

Some have straight hair that is dark as night.

Some have curly hair, with frizz they fight.

Our skin tones may not be the same

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:59pm
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“That baby is so white,” a stranger said aloud at the grocery store, alarmed at the sight of a dark Southeast Asian man carrying a pale baby girl. It was 1998, potentially 1999. I wish I had my own recollection of that day, but the “white baby” was me.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:24pm

Being Black in a white world is exhausting. While other people get to live their lives, oblivious to instances of racial injustice, Black people are not afforded that same privilege.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 5:38pm

This is for the Asian/Pacific Islander American social justice community at the University of Michigan — the people who have become my family.

Dear Family,

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 4:33pm

Last week, I was in an argument. Although no punches were thrown, I felt like I got slapped in the face a few times, but I thought I did the best I could. Even though I was ducking and weaving through the racist rhetoric, it still felt like I got my ass beat. As soon as it ended, I went upstairs to my room, pulled the covers over my head, and cried. 

Now, I know I’m the only Black kid in my house.

Most days, I think I can handle anything.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 5:29pm

A few weeks ago, Michigan in Color had the chance to profile three students — LSA sophomore Tyrice Grice Jr., LSA freshman Cydney Gardener-Brown and LSA freshman Amen Al-Moamen — about their reactions and responses to the tense campus climate fueled by racist incidents over the past month and a half. Surprisingly, we found remarkable similarities differences between their accounts.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 5:25pm

Black girl,

I like your hair,

The way it defies gravity

And holds its shape,

The way it curls

Once water hits,

Forehead to nape.

Black girl,

Can’ t you see?

You can do anything

To your hair.

Wear it up or down,

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 5:28pm
Young (left) posing with his siblings and mother

I’ve been running for a long time, both literally and figuratively. I’ve been an active runner for seven years now. First as a cross-country runner in high school, running has become my biggest means of stress relief. Figuratively, I’ve always thought of life as a marathon, but this past summer it was put to me in a different way. Life can be thought of as more of a relay race. Generation to generation, the torch is passed down to continue the work of those who came before us.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:38pm
Sivanthy Vasanthan

Anyone who has ever met me knows that asking about my racial and ethnic identity is the quickest way to confuse me. But there is one particular question that perpetually haunts me: Am I Asian? The answer: maybe? I find myself selectively identifying as Asian American. Sometimes it just depends on the day. Other times, it’s based on whom I’m with. Most often, I’m not just Asian American but I’m South Asian American; the South is key.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 5:38pm

You shoot me with a gun,

I didn’t do anything

But yet you still run.

Silent judgement

You pass upon me and mine

Because the color of my skin,

So bronzed and full of shine.

My fellow people say

You make us seem less,

Beating us up, pulling our hair,