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Fareen Ali

Fareen Ali
Race

How Literary Diversity Can Overcome Stereotypes

In recent news, Korean-American author Leonard Chang has opened up about the times some editors have rejected his works. Their reasoning? His characters didn’t seem Asian enough or exotic enough. Keep in mind that Chang himself is of the same ethnicity as his characters. One would assume that Chang would know how Korean-Americans would behave or live their lives. So why was Chang, who is Korean-American, told how Korean-Americans should or should not behave? Stereotypes

Real Life

Deadly Shooting in Texas Church

On Sunday morning, more than 20 people were killed inside a Texas church in a deadly shooting, according to NBC News. A single gunman walked in the church and started firing at the people inside. The gunman is now dead, but it is still not clear whether he killed himself or if he was shot by an officer. The shooting started at 11:30 am in Texas time in the town of Sutherland Springs, according to

Real Life

Straight Hair Is Not the Standard

I was born with straight hair. Up until puberty, I had straight hair and it was fine. After all, straight hair is considered to be beautiful in Desi culture, at least in the Desi culture that I grew up with. But when puberty hit, my hair become puffier, curly and the exact opposite of what it used to be. After that came the negative comments. I was talked to about straightening my hair, I was

Feminism

Norway’s Female Football Athletes To Receive Same Pay as Male Athletes

According to BBC, the amount of pay that female football athletes have been receiving in Norway will nearly double from what it originally was. This means that both female and male football athletes in Norway will be paid the same amount for their activities. Part of the raise comes from the money that is gained for male Norwegian athletes from commercial activities. According to the Independent, the men’s football team have agreed to take a

International

Tensions at Neo-Nazi Gathering in Sweden

According to Reuters, the extremist right-wing group known as the NMR, or Nordic Resistance Movement, hosted a gathering that resulted in clashing between Neo-nazis and the police.  The march occurred in the city of Gothenburg in Sweden and many people were present to show support for the NMR. However, many counter-protesters also showed up. A good amount of NMR supporters that attended were wearing shields and helmets. Tension broke out at the gathering between the

Race

Many Arrested at St. Louis Demonstrations

According to Reuters, just a little less than 100 people were arrested Sunday night in St. Louis in demonstrations protesting the acquittal of the white police officer who shot Anthony Lamar Smith, a black man. MSN says that the acquittal took place on Friday, Sep. 15, and havs since then sparked protests. The protests, for the most part, have been peaceful, but later in the night, demonstrations became more aggressive. There was vandalism, including breaking

Real Life

Dartmouth Faces Lawsuit from Disabled Student

Dartmouth College is both an Ivy League school and a dream school for many. However, in recent news, Staci Mannella has decided to bring a lawsuit against Dartmouth, on the grounds that Dartmouth was not able to fulfill her needs as a student with a disability. Staci Mannella, an accomplished skier and Dartmouth student who has achromatopsia and is legally blind, is suing Dartmouth over accessibility issues. According to USA Today, although Mannella had discussed

Real Life

We Are the “Society” That We Scorn

The word “society” is brought up a lot. Many times, it is brought up in a negative light: society is seen as harsh or as looking down on people. People are told not to listen to society. Society doesn’t see your beauty, society doesn’t know what a great, wonderful person you are. But when we say “society”, just what group of people are we referring to, exactly? The generation that came before us? Strangers? Internet

Real Life

It’s Time To Stop Being Ashamed of Our Backgrounds

I am Bangladeshi-American. And the thing is, I love being Bangladeshi-American. But I wasn’t always so embracing of my ethnicity and background. There were times in my life when I wanted to be another ethnicity — when I didn’t completely appreciate being Bangladeshi. But as I grew, I became happier with who I was. I started to love wearing cultural clothing, I liked speaking Bangla (Bengali) more, and I fell in love with the country.

Feminism

Catcalls Vs. Compliments

Compliments. A good amount of us, if not all of us, love them. When the people close to us tell us how smart, good-looking, talented, or nice we are, it makes us feel good about ourselves. Sometimes it even influences how we view ourselves. And sometimes, it’s not just the people that are close to us. Sometimes total strangers have a kind word for us too, and that can uplift us, as well. But when

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