Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:16pm
As Arabic letters float at the tips of my fingers, I am reminded of the journey it took me to love my native language

Learning a new language is like entering a different dimension. A limitless universe in which one can see past socially constructed concepts like race, gender and the hierarchy of languages. A dimension in which one has the liberty to view words as arbitrary combinations of sounds used to describe the world around us. 

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 7:08pm
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Editor's note: The author’s name was omitted to protect their identity.

“As Indian women, we must learn to love him in spite of him. He’s my son babu, I love him because I know no one else has,” my mother sighed in exasperation.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 7:51pm
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You’d think that having an American name would help someone like me assimilate better into American society. As a person of color from an immigrant family, I understand the struggle that comes with adapting to a new culture, one that has not been very accepting of people of color, so parents renaming their children becomes a tool for survival and belonging. But even with a name given to me by American culture, I am still seen as a foreigner. 

 

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 7:49pm
Wade Family

“What’s the point of being on this earth if you’re going to try to be someone you’re not?” - Zaya Wade

 

I felt a true form of Black joy this past week when I watched Zaya Wade speak her truth. She’s the daughter of the legendary actress, Gabrielle Union, and former NBA player, Dwayne Wade. On February 11th, during an interview on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Dwayne shared with the world that his daughter’s name is now Zaya and her pronouns are she/her.

 

Monday, February 17, 2020 - 7:26pm
When I See You

After watching the Netflix miniseries, When They See Us, I was brought to tears by the manipulation of innocence and infuriated with the acceptance of injustice. The episodes invited me to understand the story of the Exonerated Five beyond a news headline and reshaped my view of the carceral state. 

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:10pm
featured art

This piece is a self-portrait focused on disconnection from identity. I made this when I was feeling pretty confused about my own identity. The butterfly is supposed to represent the disconnect of soul, and the blood represents disconnect from the body.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 7:36pm
Commonality

This past November, voters in the U.S. made history by electing not one, but two incredible Muslim women into our 116th House of Representatives. They are Ilhan Omar, a Black, Somali Immigrant from Minnesota’s 5th Congressional district who frequently and unabashedly calls out deeply problematic white men in power, and Rashida Tlaib, an incredible Palestinian-American woman who coined the phrase “Impeach the Motherf*cker” on her first day in office.  

 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 10:13pm
Na'kia Channey, MiC Co-Managing Editor

“won't you celebrate with me

what i have shaped into

a kind of life?” - Lucille Clifton

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 8:12pm
Carly Ryan

There’s a unique vulnerability in attaching your name to words, having them printed 7,500 times and distributed to every building on campus. Even though I’ve done this nearly 100 times in my four years here, as I sit writing for the Daily one last time, I can tell you it never gets easier.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 7:23pm
Illustration of Yasuke, first black Samurai 1579

Black history does not begin with commodification.It has existed and thrived in many parts of the world before the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. This is more evident with people such as “Yasuke,” otherwise known as the first Black Japanese Samurai. Arriving from Kyoto, Japan in the year 1579 as a servant for European missionaries, Yasuke gained the attention from the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga. The warlord was so impressed by his charcoal skin, beautiful features and physique that Yasuke became Oda Nobunaga’s Samurai uniting Japan until 1582.