Tag: race

First Thursday speeches address racial climate in U.S., on campuses
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First Thursday speeches address racial climate in U.S., on campuses

On Thursday, September 6, a sea of Macalester students, staff and faculty filled the Alumni Gymnasium in the Leonard Center for the annual First Thursday convocation to usher in the new academic year. In addition to welcoming new and returning members of the campus community, the event featured an address from celebrated poet and activist…

Jelani Cobb delivers lecture on racial justice
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Jelani Cobb delivers lecture on racial justice

Dr. Jelani Cobb visited Macalester’s Kagin Hill Ballroom last Friday, November 4 to give the annual El-Kati Lecture. The event also served as the keynote speech for the 2016 Kente Summit for Collegiate Black Men. Cobb, who is a Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and a contributor to the New Yorker, gave his speech…

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ACLU chapter hosts speaker on racial profiling last Saturday

Michael J Steinberg, the Legal Director of the Michigan American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), spoke about racial profiling in the United States to an audience of sixty students on Nov. 1 in John B. Davis Lecture Hall. After a couple of emails and a phone call with Alejandra Carrillo ’15, Steinberg’s former intern and the…

Opinion

Pushing for deeper conversation sparked by 12 Years a Slave

Saturday, Nov. 9, The Walker hosted a conversation and Q&A with Steve McQueen. I went to the talk to hear McQueen talk about “12 Years A Slave,” which I had written a long article about in the a previous issue of The Mac Weekly. Far from helping me understand his choices, the event—both McQueen’s comments,…

Opinion

Fighting with friends with a heart still on fire

Recently, an op-ed I wrote titled “Angry counter-punch” received two responses that ran in the October 18 issue. These responses were quite lucid, and came from people that I revere as journalistic colleagues (Danny Surman) and close friends (Elliott Averett). These two responses have ensnared my mind, Elliott’s in particular, for the past couple of…

Opinion

Mentioning race

Sitting in Café Mac the other day, I was discussing my encounter with a “30-year-old black man,” when I suddenly noticed I was being glared at by a few students at surrounding tables. I guessed that “30-year-old” was not the trigger for the widened eyes of resentment, so I quickly began to build a case…

Opinion

Angry counter-punch: understanding rules and pursuing freedom

Recently, there have been op-eds concerning the unfair nature of administration action against certain students or certain groups of students, such as the forced resignation of FAC chair Adinah Zilton and the punishments levied upon members of KWOC for their infractions of student codes of conduct. These op-eds were written by students earnestly sharing their…