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LGBT+

Attention White Gays: Stop Using Queerness as a Band-Aid

When you use a bandage, you are trying to cover up a wound. The bandage isn’t the healing agent; it conceals the injury until it fades away. Likewise, when white gay people use the fact that they are gay to make up for their shortcomings (such as biases and privileges) as a white individual, they are just putting band-aids on bullet holes rather than getting to the root of the problem. Unfortunately, this problem won’t

Race

Please Stop Using Buddhist Heads as Ornaments

Some people will go to extreme lengths to appear spiritual or edgy, which is fine, to a certain extent. But often this turns into cultural appropriation and can be extremely offensive to large numbers of people. Chances are, you’ve seen the head of the Buddha in ornament form at some point. In white countries, they’re everywhere. Let me explain why this is such an enormous problem. I know the majority of people aren’t trying to

Op-ed

Opinion: Cultural Appropriation Is Mainly a Western Issue

Note: Since I cannot speak for every single culture and group of people in the world, all the points made in this article are based on my experiences as a South Asian living in Canada. In an era where political correctness and social justice are more prevalent than ever in our society, one issue that rarely goes unnoticed by people is cultural appropriation. The most simple definition of cultural appropriation is the act of taking

Race

White Student Who Poisoned Black Roommate Did Black Hair Styles For Other Students — How White People Love Black Culture But Hate Black People

A white college student, Brianna Brochu, has been secretly poisoning her black roommate, Chennel “Jazzy” Rowe, in an effort to try and get rid of her. Both young girls attend University of Hartford, however since the incident has been brought to light, UHart has announced that Brochu is no longer a student at the university and will not be returning. Brochu was arrested on October 28th after posting the following: The 18-year-old has since been

Real Life

Your “Gypsy” Aesthetic Is Actually Very Harmful

If you search up g*psy in any social media platform you are likely to find ‘aesthetic shots of girls dressed up in g*psy inspired clothing. The majority of people seem to be unaware of how harmful it is to appropriate the g*psy culture. To start with, the term g*psy shouldn’t be used — it is a  racial slur — thus why it is censored in the body of this article. People need to be educated about

Op-ed

Why Studying Orientalism Should Be Mandatory Today

Studying the work of cultural critic Edward Said and his seminal theory of Orientalism should become, in my opinion, a rite of passage for every student. Many students at New York University Abu Dhabi, my current place of study, agree that the prevalence of Said’s ideas on Orientalism is so enmeshed within the fabric of our curricula that it may be regarded an academic tradition – and rightly so, I say. Even if Said’s text

Op-ed

Stop Glamorizing Gang Culture

Dear Middle-Class Teenager of America, Stop glamorizing gang culture. Stop throwing up gang signs when you hear a rap or hip-hop song. Stop calling yourself a “Blood” when you wear red. Stop calling yourself a “Crip” when you wear blue. In haste you mock those who have endured in urban neighborhoods and have fallen victim to these gangs you idolize. You are protected by privilege and gated communities when you blatantly ‘rep’ an existing gang.

Race

San Diego State University Votes to Keep Controversial Mascot

Many people on the campus of San Diego State University (SDSU) have been upset about their mascot: an Aztec warrior known by the name of Monty Montezuma. Student council decided to vote on the issue of removing the mascot or keeping it. The vote was 12 to 14 meaning a victory for avid fans of Monty and a loss for students who feel marginalized by him. Professor Monge of SDSU says that, “rather than honoring

Op-ed

Dear Gringos—You Can Celebrate Cinco De Mayo Without Being Racist

May is known for a lot of things. Springtime, Mother’s Day, allergy season; the list goes on. However, one of the most notable parts of May is Cinco de Mayo. On May 5th, 1862, Mexican forces defeated French colonizers in the Battle of Puebla. French General Charles Latrille de Lorencez marched 6,000 troops to invade the town of Puebla, Los Angeles. He assumed it would be easy to seize the town because the French army

Race

Hey White Girls: My Culture Isn’t an Edgy Tattoo Trend!

If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo of a white girl in a Native headdress, perhaps you would consider thinking again. Not only is it offensive to Native people such as myself, where within my own tribe I don’t even have the honour to wear such a headdress, but it’s so much worse than wearing one because you can’t just take it off when you realise your wrongdoing: it will be on your body forever.

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