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Naomi Osaka’s Historic Grand Slam Win And The Mistreatment Of Serena Williams

The 2018 U.S. Open for the Grand Slam Tennis Championship was wracked with intensity, excitement, and controversy as underdog Naomi Osaka defeated her childhood idol Serena Williams in the finals. This weekend 20-year-old Osaka made national headlines as the first ever Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title. While her 6-2 6-4 unprecedented victory was certainly something to celebrate, the way Williams lost left everyone feeling uneasy and bitter. Osaka is a


Here’s Every Rebuttal To The “It’s Our Religion” Excuse On Gender Discrimination

Given the recent public attention regarding the bar on women by Several Hindu temples in India, it is important that we address each of the claims made by defenders of this long-held cultural phenomenon. When the “It’s our religion” argument is used to validate sexism, it often serves to be a particularly impenetrable line of defense, wherein those who speak out against rampant discrimination are shunned by their religious communities and their words are deemed to


Let’s Talk About Cis Het Asexuals And The LGBT Community

With the burgeoning of LGBT activism and acceptance in the 21st century, as well as many MOGAI identities seeping into public awareness, some people may think that the LGBT community is no longer in danger of discrimination or oppression. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Although lesbians, bisexuals and gays can now serve in the military, get married and adopt kids, these are all things they couldn’t do until recently.  Even today lesbians, gays,


Everyday Racism Makes People Sick: The Health Disparities Between Black And White Americans

Study after study proves that the stress of experiencing racism and discrimination is making people sick. Sick as in being more likely to experience breast cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, stroke, diabetes and premature mortality. As in being four times more likely than a white American to die in childbirth or during pregnancy as an African American and twice as likely to have one’s child die during their first year of life. In


Why the Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case Is Such a Big Deal

Earlier this week, the case Masterpiece Bakery Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was heard by the Supreme Court. For those who aren’t aware, this case comes from an event which occurred in 2015 when Charlie Craig and David Mullins walked into Masterpiece Bakery to purchase a cake for their upcoming wedding after the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States. Upon entering, the men were met with the owner, Jack Phillips who, when asked


Your Islamophobia Fuels Radicalisation

An anti-Muslim sentiment has grown rapidly in the Western world ever since the events of the 9/11 attack  in New York and the 7/7 bombing in London. Multiple terror attacks have taken place for which ‘Islamist’ terror groups have taken credit and as a result, the fear of Muslims in the west has increased. Portrayal of Muslims in media is almost always negative and many people seem to be oblivious to the impact this can


An In-Depth Look at Behind-the-Scenes Racism

Often times when racism is mentioned, it is seen as wild and abrasive. Whether it is portrayed as a Neo-Nazi harassing an innocent person of color or an elderly white man talking about how immigrants need to leave the country, these acts of violence are seen as the absolute definition of racism. What is not seen or mentioned is covert racism. Covert racism is racism that is usually hidden and rarely goes noticed, but when


To the Young, Black and Smart: You Are Not the Anomaly

During my second semester of high school, I made a routine visit to my white female guidance counselor to select courses for the following semester, as usual, she began by looking at my grades over the past year. Surprisingly (but not unexpectedly) I was met with a “Wow. Good. VERY good, actually” in reference to my marks. I returned her rather rude reaction with a smile – since, apparently that’s a compliment and that’s how

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Confessions of A Privileged Black Female

Imagine this: You’re sitting with your friends in the cafeteria. Everyone is laughing, complaining about the school lunches, and copying each other’s homework. Then you show your friends how you changed your Instagram profile picture to a parody of the Starbucks logo. They all chuckle. You quirk your head. Hannah from across the table says, “Oh my god, you’re so white!” Everyone else nodded. Hmm, you think. Hannah goes on: “Think about it – your

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One International Student to Others Considering College in Trump’s America: “You aren’t going to be treated equally”

We’re getting used to the crackdown on undocumented immigrants in Trump’s America, but we’re reaching the point now where even highly-qualified, well-educated, and completely legal international professionals have no other choice but to go back home. I had a chance to speak with 27-year-old Maya* from Mumbai, India, who obtained her F-1 visa and came to the United States in 2014. This visa allows international students to pursue a program of study in the United

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