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Ezinne Anozie

Ezinne Anozie
Race

Racism Is a Lot of Things, But It’s Not a Circumstantial Spectrum

I’ve begun to notice a common misconception amongst the usage of racial or derogatory slurs towards the presence of minorities. Apparently, there are grounds for justification when slurs are used; as long as malevolence isn’t intended or there are additional circumstances, the use of slurs that were created to degrade and further oppress minorities is comparably less harmful than someone who aggressively uses them often. Let’s begin by looking at two separate incidents that occurred

Real Life

Houston Has a Problem, and Its Name Is Harvey: A Glimpse at Houston in the Face of Disaster

Last Thursday night, just about every teenager in Houston whose school was in session can remember how they felt when they received the text or email which notified them that school would be closed on Friday due to severe weather. Around this time, the entire city realized an actual hurricane was on its way, because Houston schools are the type to wait until 06:00 the day of to cancel classes. So the fact that they

Race

It’s Time We Talked About Animalization of Black People and Its Severe Repercussions

Throughout history, whiteness created and perpetrated the animalization of black and brown peoples, or the act of attributing animal-like characteristics to others as a way of distinguishing them as inferior or cruel for lacking typical human qualities. In White America, one of the earliest forms of animalizing began with the enslavement of black bodies, where systems of whiteness were quickly faced with the obstacle of how to effectively rationalize the racist, inhumane treatment enslavement utilized

Race

Dear White People, It’s Time You Understand Your Complicity in Racism

As you all know, white people love to turn a blind eye to the complexities of race, unless of course, undeniably racist injustices against minorities occur. This happens because in modern times, White Americans appear to have the capacity to acknowledge the existence of racism only when it comes in the form of oversimplified textbook-definitions and overt examples of racism, such as lynchings and calling black people the n-word with a hard ‘-er’ (because let’s be

Race

Settlement of $3 Million Reached Between Family of Philando Castile and City of Minnesota

Earlier today, news broke that a $3 million settlement was reached between the family of Philando Castile, an African American male wrongfully murdered by police officer Jeronimo Yanez last year for a traffic stop, and the city of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota. Compared to other police brutality cases, the settlement was reached expeditiously, just 10 days after the acquittal of former Officer Jeronimo Yanez on counts of second-degree manslaughter and endangering other peoples with the

Race

Fact: African-Americans Commemorated the First Memorial Day

Each year on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day comes around — a national day of observance where the United States calls on citizens to remember those in the armed forces and those who lost their lives serving in any of the nation’s wars. American culture teaches that this national holiday gets its origins from May 5, 1868, when Union commander General John A. Logan chose May 30th as “Decoration Day” by calling on communities to decorate

Make Up & Hair, Race

4 Small Black Owned Beauty Businesses That You Should Be Supporting

Local small businesses tend to get overlooked, either due to an unawareness of the existence of these brands in general, or skepticism on how well their products work.  Well, for the past few weeks, I’ve challenged myself to buy from small black businesses, and here are a few ones that I’ve discovered and love so far: Loe Cal Cosmetics (@shoploecal) Based in Atlanta and run by a one woman team, this vegan and cruelty-free black business

Race

Toxic Anti-Blackness Sentiment towards Black Americans from the African Community Needs To Stop

Growing up in a Nigerian household, there was always a blatant schism between what it meant to be African, and what it meant to be black, or Black-American. During my childhood, a barrier continually existed between my black friends and I based off on our differing experiences and environments growing up. Simultaneously, a bond with other Nigerians, or members of other communities within the African diaspora persisted and developed. I grew up with the attitude

Race

Here’s What You’re Not Going to Do: Police My Activism

Often times, white people tend to add in their two cents about the “proper” way to go about activism and reform to minorities and marginalized groups. White Americans frequently branded social justice movements as violent, divisive, and ineffective simply for demanding equity and holding accountable these oppressive systems ingrained in our society for decades. An example of this occurred the night before the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. A privileged acquaintance

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