Nggz
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Nggz

“Nigger.” He said it just like that. He said it plainly, obviously, and dismissively; throwing it away the way one throws away a banana peel. Except it did not go away, it lingered in the air for everyone to choke on awkwardly; but, only I owned it. Most shockingly, I owned it fully. I am … Continue reading

Confronting the Corp
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Confronting the Corp

As a child, I was taught that the best way to confront conflict was through dialogue and discussion. So, let’s talk about it. The Corp. As one of Georgetown’s crowning achievements in student ingenuity and enterprise, it is surprising that the institution instigates such divided and bitter reactions. Or maybe it isn’t? In fact, the … Continue reading

Dear Mr. President
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Dear Mr. President

Dear Mr. President, I am sorry I missed your inauguration. I do not remember your televised address, which means I also missed the election date—if there ever was one. You have hidden your identity quite well, I must admit, behind the impressive mask of “Barack Obama,” under the sweeping cloak of the American governmental structure. … Continue reading

The Monologues
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The Monologues

It is an anatomical body part. Not an expletive. Not a crude term. Not a derogatory misnomer. It is just another body part. I reiterate this probably more for my benefit than yours, because for years—practically my whole life—the vagina has been a term to avoid at all costs, a concept to shirk at all … Continue reading

(A Lack of) Common Sense in the Census: Why the Term “Negro” Isn’t Appropriate
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(A Lack of) Common Sense in the Census: Why the Term “Negro” Isn’t Appropriate

“Barack Obama, our nation’s first Negro president.” “Halle Berry, the first Negro actress to win Best Actress at the Academy Awards.” “Ruth Simmons, the first Negro president of an Ivy League University.” Yes … that all sounds terribly out of place, outdated, and offensive to me, too. While the term “Negro” may have been appropriate … Continue reading