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Why Do All The White Boys Live Together? White Supremacy in Greek Life

Lubabah R. Chowdhury on May 27, 2015

I do not want to believe that history repeats itself. When I was younger, I loved studying history for the same reason I obsessively read and re-read “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings”. The strange customs, outlandish clothes and...

Palestinian ‘Right to Education’ Tour Travels US During Our Intifada

Michelle Zei on February 07, 2015

Imagine being arrested for trying to obtain an education. For students in Palestine, educational suppression is commonplace and one of the Israeli occupation’s many tactics to keep Palestinians oppressed. Education equips people with knowledge about their circumstance and tools for...

The White Privilege Project

Hera Chan on October 27, 2014

In pursuit of a “white ethnicity” and to engage white Americans into racial discourse, director and producer Whitney Dow of Two Tone Productions has created ‘The Whiteness Project’, a pilot television series partially funded by PBS that will feature white...

Girls to the Front—Women on the Frontlines of the Struggle in Ferguson

Michelle Zei on October 17, 2014

In times of crisis, the term “protect the women and children” might still come to mind. However, when police responded to Ferguson residents with the excessive force of rubber bullets, tear gas, and arrests, women stood their ground and took...

What Lena Dunham Taught Us about Unpaid Labor—and What We Taught Ourselves

Anwar Batte and Isabelle Nastasia on September 30, 2014

Yesterday, Lena Dunham—whose character on the HBO show Girls is one of the most recognizable millennial narratives in pop culture—was called out by Gawker for “hiring” unpaid opening acts on her book tour. Only a few hours later, under pressure...

Queer and Trans Artists of Color: A Collection of Interviews Unlike Any Other

Luna Merbruja on September 13, 2014

I met Nia King when she asked to interview me for her podcast, We Want the Airwaves, a podcast highlighting queer and trans artists of color and the work they are doing. When figuring out a quiet place to meet,...

The Green Man's Burden

Jack Swallow on August 04, 2014

As the world heats up, it becomes increasingly obvious that the institutions of capitalism are incapable of reacting equitably to the problem of climate change. Environmental racism, the direct consequence of this inequality, threatens our historically diverse generation’s future. The...

Mississippi Students Come Up Against Their Governor in Commencement Fight

Patricia Tortora on June 07, 2014

The University of Mississippi Creed states that all those involved with the University are to “Believe in the respect for the dignity of each person.” Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s selection as commencement speaker misrepresents and dishonors this creed. Bryant recently...

Abroad at Home: Accounts of the Invisible

Timothy Garcia on May 17, 2014

Abroad at Home: Accounts of The Invisible from Middlebury Film & Media Culture on Vimeo. “Abroad at Home: Accounts of the Invisible” is a short documentary that takes a look into student life at Middlebury college by exploring experiences of...

William and Mary's Legacy of Racism Still Stands Strong

Brittney Harrington on April 09, 2014

I am a descendent of slaves attending a school that was founded with my explicit exclusion in mind. I walk through halls built by my shackled ancestors and I wonder what it means for my body to exist here, for...

Stand Your Ground laws found “incompatible” with the “inherent right to life” by United Nations Human Rights Committee

Sandra Khalifa on March 14, 2014

Geneva, Switzerland — Yesterday, multiple members of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UN HRC) found Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and similar laws around the country to be “incompatible” with the “inherent right to life” – Article Six of...

Woody’s Women: Bodies of Color, White Feminism, and the Golden Globes

Hannah Giorgis on January 15, 2014

Sunday night’s Golden Globes were a spectacle—and not just because Emma Thompson sauntered onstage with her heels in one hand and a martini in the other (more power to ya, girl). The 71st Annual Golden Globes were more than just...

Phillip Agnew - “This is my tome to 2013; my poem to the year of my dreams”

Phillip Agnew on January 01, 2014

For 364 days, at least, I found myself in a constant state of conflict. Almost daily my alarm clock awoke me at the corner of a crossroad: asking that I decide … And every day I oscillated away. I was...

Challenging Racism and the Problem with White “Allies”: A Conversation with David Leonard

Suey Park on December 26, 2013

I met Dr. David Leonard, Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, on Twitter shortly after my initial critique of Tim Wise. I was pleased to discover that there existed another...

Andy Lopez, Police Brutality, and Silencing Youth Anger

Raven Rakia on December 13, 2013

Police brutality resistance has sprung up in Santa Rosa, California. In October and November, the town saw  marches, forums and meetings to address the police slaying of a 13-year-old boy. On October 29, the first march, hundreds of kids walked...

High School Cheerleaders Flaunt Racist Sign, Face Sanctions: But Who’s Really to Blame?

Isabelle Nastasia on November 19, 2013

In McCalla, Ala., the McAdory High School cheerleading team thought it was a good idea to construct a bust-thru sign (pictured above) that read, in big rainbow lettering: “Hey Indians, get ready to leave in a Trail of Tears Round...

The Rising Price of Sriracha Doesn’t Matter

Victor Casillas Valle on November 07, 2013

Recently, the city of Irwindale, CA filed a lawsuit against the Huy Fong Foods factory which makes the hot chili sauce Sriracha. Headlines from various news outlets, stretching from Al Jazeera to the Los Angeles Times, made comments such as...

Jeh Johnson, Changing the Hue Of Hegemony

William C. Anderson on November 01, 2013

On October 18th I watched in awe as a progressive Democrat, the nephew of a Tuskegee airman and alumni of Morehouse – a traditionally Black university – addressed the nation. He was fellow Black man I remembered well, because he’d...

All Out for Marissa Alexander

Suey Park on October 24, 2013

{Young}ist sits down with Sumayya Fire, a member of the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, to talk about the Marissa Alexander case, and what we can do to help fight for justice for Marissa, and against domestic violence at large....

(Tired of) Loving You Long Time: The Problem of Miss Saigon

Kai Cheng Thom on October 22, 2013

“He pressed his wrist against mine and said his was too pale  My skin was so much more beautiful To him, I was Pacific sunset, almond milk, a porcelain cup When he left me, I told myself I should have...

Post Miley Cyrus Era, A Black Man Giving Up Colorblind Feminism

William C. Anderson on October 21, 2013

I learn more reading what feminist women of color write on Twitter than I feel I could learn in many gender studies college courses. Firestorms of conversation are happening around feminism and race. And for many of us men who...

North Carolina Students Fight Back Against Voter Suppression’ New Position

Bryan Perlmutter on September 24, 2013

Elizabeth City, N.C.—On September 19, early voting opened in Pasquotank County, home to Elizabeth City State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Earlier this year, ECSU Senior Montravias King initially had his application to run for City Council...

{Young}ist’s Two Minutes in Solidarity with the Dream Defenders and #OurMarch

{Young}ist Editorial Board on September 07, 2013

As {Young}ist reported last week, three young people—Alayna Eagle Shield, Sofia Campos and Phillip Agnew—were cut from the speaking list at the anniversary of the March on Washington. All this week, young people have been responding by posting their own...

Chronicle of a Bankruptcy Foretold: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers and Detroit

Eric Ginsburg on September 06, 2013

Even a casual observer of the Motor City’s decline isn’t shocked that Detroit is bankrupt, but saturated media coverage ignores the fact that this outcome wasn’t inevitable. Predicting aspects of the collapse long before the current crisis, people living in...

Niggas in Palestine: Addressing the Global Construction of Racism

Kristian Davis Bailey on September 02, 2013

It was my first full day by myself in Ramallah after a two week-long delegation around Palestine with Interfaith Peace Builders, and after some anxiety about making my way outside with such little Arabic skills, went to meet up with...

Toward Tomorrow With Trayvon on Our Minds

Katrina Casiño on July 15, 2013

A gathering of hundreds turned into a march of thousands yesterday in New York City, where there was a mass gathering in Union Square to rally against Saturday’s verdict in the Zimmerman trial. George Zimmerman, as all we know by...

In White Times

Hira Mahmood , Muna Mire , Isabelle Nastasia , Katrina Casiño and Queen Arsem-O'Malley on July 15, 2013

We here at {Young}ist recognize the need to situate ourselves in the historical moments that mark our experiences as a generation. The death of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman serve as clear indicators of severe racial...

Keep Your Hoodies Up: Zimmerman Trial Verdict Drops “Not Guilty”

Muna Mire on July 14, 2013

Until the killing of Black mother’s sons are as important to the country as the killing of a white mother’s son, those who believe in freedom cannot rest. —Ella Baker The U.S. justice system has failed Trayvon Martin. The verdict...

Saggin and the Assault on Appearance

William C. Anderson on July 12, 2013

I clearly remember a cold and windy night in Washington, D.C. A friend reached out to me to see if I wanted to go with her to hear some spoken word poetry. I walked into a building on the legendary...

Youth Coalition Reflects on the Zimmerman Trial

Phillip Agnew on July 09, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: In the face of opposition, the Dream Defenders, a multi-racial coalition, was founded after the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida. The coalition exists to train youth in nonviolent direct action and civic engagement in...

The Unbearable Whiteness of “The Bling Ring”

Muna Mire and Isabelle Nastasia on June 30, 2013

[SPOILER ALERT] The compulsive re-application of lip gloss. Click, click, click. The ritualistic fluffing of one’s hair and contortion of one’s body to get that perfect facebook profile photo silhouette. Click, click, click. A mouse cursor scrolling over Paris Hilton’s...