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UMD Stands in Solidarity

If you have been keeping up with Twitter this week, you have probably heard of the multiple racial incidents that have taken place at certain universities. Twitter has become a major outlet for news because of its convenience. This week, hashtags such as #Mizzou, #concernedstudent1950, and #blackoncampus have been trending.

The University of Missouri campus has been a place of protest for months. Racial tensions are at an all-time high and have led to a series of events at the school including racial slurs against their student body president, their football team’s strike, the resignation of their president, and the presence of swastikas made of human feces. But it is the most recent incident that had students on edge; death threats specifically targeted towards African Americans were posted on a popular app called Yik Yak. This app allows for users to stay anonymous throughout their posting.  Since then students have been afraid to attend classes, one student stated that “We’re waking up everyday going to a campus where we don’t feel

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Within the past week, Missouri hasn’t been the only school to receive racial threats, universities such as Yale, Howard, and Ithaca were also threatened.

University of Maryland students gathered around the new Fredrick Douglas memorial on Tuesday, wearing all black, to stand in solidarity with the students from the previously mentioned universities. There were group speakers, and brief pictures.

“We need to show the world that we stand behind Ithaca, Missouri, and Yale in this time of solidarity. Letting them know that we can’t ignore things like this and just let them slide like it’s nothing. We need to show them the difference between freedom of speech and freedom of consequence,” said Hannah Benzion, junior GIS major.

It is reported that over thirty universities have stood in solidarity with Mizzou.

When asked her opinion of why she thought this stand for solidarity was important, Tonie Johnstone replied, “I feel like it was a beginning to us as POC putting our foot down on this campus.”

“We’ve been pushed around for so long and accepted the short end of the stick for so long and this is only the start. I feel it’s important to attend so because we [people of color] as a group need to understand that we are not alone,” Johnstone said. “Sometimes it’s easy to overlook how we feel and what we think because we think we are either alone or we are too small of a community to make a difference but this is not true in the least bit. It’s also a way to open your eyes to what’s going on in our community because there are people who are ignorant to what it’s like to be a person of color.”

 

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The Million Man March: Inclusive To All Men? (Opinion)

by AYSIA MORTON

On Saturday, thousands of people gathered at the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Celebrities such as J. Cole, P Diddy, Common, and Dr. Cornell West were among those in attendance.

Originally created in 1995, the Million Man March is a peaceful rally crated and led by Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. It was a restricted gathering for black men only, a time and place for them to “declare their right to justice to atone for their failure as men and to accept responsibility as the family head,” according to the Nation of Islam. It was meant to be a day of brotherhood and unity. Continue reading The Million Man March: Inclusive To All Men? (Opinion)

Embrace the Shame: Amber Rose Slutwalk

by AYSIA MORTON

*Note: this article contains profanity and other offensive language*

When most people think of women empowerment, the last name that comes to mind is Amber Rose. But that is soon subject to change because on Saturday afternoon Rose hosted the first “AmberRoseSlutWalk” in downtown Los Angeles.

Rose is no stranger to advocacy. From her interviews and posts on social media, it is clear that she is a feminist and has always been an avid supporter of gender equality, especially when it comes to women owning their sexuality. Rose also uses her fame as a platform to empower those who have been victims of sexual assault and victim shaming.

At this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, Rose and her best friend Blac Chyna rocked the red carpet in custom made outfits that spewed derogatory terms across them. “They call us sluts and whores all the time, so we just embrace it…” states Rose.

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Black Women Breaking Barriers: Viola Davis Wins An Emmy

by AYSIA MORTON

Even if you were not tuned into the Emmys last Sunday, I’m sure you have seen multiple headlines and tweets about the historic moment when Viola Davis won the Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She is the first black actress to win an award in this category.

Davis, who was in utter shock as her name was called, was given a standing ovation by fellow nominee Taraji P. Henson. Henson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday to address Davis’s win along with her thoughts on being one of the only two African American women nominated.

“God, just please give it to one of us so we will never have to say that again. You know, let’s just break this barrier down and keep on pushing.”

Davis delivered a phenomenal speech which brought audience members to tears.

“In my mind, I see a line. And over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there nohow. I can’t seem to get over that line. That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800s. And let me tell you something: The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

After her speech, social media flooded with positive messages of people supporting and commending Davis. According to Leigh Cuen of Vocativ.com, “posts using hashtags including #blackexcellence and #blackgirlmagic skyrocketed, with the latter garnering over 7,000 mentions in tweets about the Emmys.”

Alongside Davis, other notable women of color who won Emmys include Uzo Aduba from the hit show Orange is the New Black and American Crime‘s Regina King.