With the hate crime reports and white supremacist fliers that have spread throughout campus this year, it is important that we as a university further address how to be a proactive bystander in problematic situations where racist language is spewed and racially charged aggressions are committed.
As a graduate of the University of Michigan, I have been paying extreme attention to the 2016 presidential campaign. My change from being a Hillary Clinton supporter in 2008 to a Donald Trump supporter in 2016 isn't typical. I barely knew about Trump after he declared he would run for president.
Thanksgiving is an American holiday that celebrates the coming together of the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. Every fourth Thursday of November, we gather with our friends and family to enjoy each other’s company and to give thanks for what we have.
In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, I, like many others, experienced an amalgam of emotions: frustration, anger, fear, guilt, shame. In particular, in a way more than ever before, I have felt the overwhelming presence of my privilege as a white man in the United States.
Thanksgiving might be a little different this year. Yes, there will still be turkey, madness on Black Friday and Ohio State versus Michigan on Saturday. However, many of us are facing difficult and uncomfortable political discussions with family.