Whitman Wire

Digital Blackface and Power Dynamics in Memes

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

April 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Memes need to be used responsibly and need to adhere to rules people would normally use if it was spoken or written in text. Memes in recent years have become so popular they are even used in class notes to help prove a point. Twitter especially has been the birthplace of many viral means. Like anyt...

March for our Lives and White Supremacy

March for our Lives and White Supremacy

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

April 5, 2018


Filed under OPINION

The March for our Lives was hypocritical, despite the good intentions and message behind it. The conditions from which it emerged and the positive media coverage that it received due to the demographics that were involved make it hypocritical and oblivious to the radical problems that should have bee...

Just a Face Mask?

Just a Face Mask?

Jordon Crawford, Columnist

April 5, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Admittedly, I had reservations that the new Marvel movie, “Black Panther,” would be met with much discontent. However, what I saw on my Facebook page this weekend completely blew me out of the water. Before coming to the United States, the idea of white people adopting blackface in mockery of black...

American Tourism in Mexico

American Tourism in Mexico

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

March 29, 2018


Filed under OPINION

In contrast with our President, who built his campaign on building a wall, and making disparaging remarks about mexicans being ‘drug dealers, criminals, and rapists,’ thousands of American tourists, often times college students, will inevitably make their way south of the border, often to Cabo or...

Portland’s Appropriation Problem

Portland’s Appropriation Problem

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

March 29, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Spring break was awesome. I happened to stay for spring break to keep me working on that thesis of mine, but not all of spring break was observing how Ankeny is a huge field of social control. I went to visit Portland with a high school friend of mine and we had a blast. The proximity of hiking trails ...

Op-Ed: The Trustees Don’t Care About You, So Get Pissed

Chris Meabe

March 8, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

The members of the Board of Trustees don’t care about you. If you ask them, they will sincerely insist otherwise because they truly believe they care about you. The problem is, they have no clue who you are. In fact, they don’t know a thing about you, and the best thing we can do about it is get piss...

The Racist Weed Industry

The Racist Weed Industry

Rina Cakrani

March 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

An urgent issue that is coming more to the surface these past few months is the fact that there are so many white businesses that, as a result of weed production and cultivation, are booming. Even the media has been praising them, especially the companies that are run by white women. It has been nor...

Letter to the Editor: Catonsville Nine

Pat Henry, Cushing Eells Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Literature

March 8, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

Dear Editors: I brought Daniel Berrigan to the Whitman campus twice, once in the mid-1970s and again in the early 1980s. I had already brought him to Willamette University in 1975. In each case, I watched him direct a dramatic reading of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine. He would spend a couple...

Better Understanding Gun Control

Josh Karpatkin, Columnist

March 8, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Three weeks ago, the news broke out that another heartbreaking mass shooting had taken place at a high school in Florida. As the staggering death toll began to make itself known around the country, the cries for tightened gun control reached a new level of fervor. Activists identified a number of spec...

The Purpose of Power and Privilege

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

March 1, 2018


Filed under OPINION

Throughout my four years at Whitman I have asked this question more than once during the P&P Symposium season. As a woman of color, I often find myself doing more work than my white peers. The Power and Privilege Symposium is supposed to provide space for having tough conversations (whatever that...

Letter to the Editor: Re: Sexual Assault Dashboard Article

Hailey Powers, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Campus Advocate

March 1, 2018


Filed under Letter to the Editor, OPINION

A few weeks ago, there was a Whitman Wire article in which I responded to questions about campus sexual assault statistics. While the article didn’t include the full context of the conversation, I now realize using jargon specific to my professional work was a mistake given the likelihood of my ...

Op-Ed: The Dangers of Community

Alden Glass, Senior

March 1, 2018


Filed under OPINION

When asked to picture a Whitman student, what comes to mind? Birkenstocks and a Patagonia jacket? A frisbee in one hand and a Hydroflask in the other? Hailing from Seattle or the Bay, they have a “Resist” bumper sticker on the back of their Subaru Outback and flirt with veganism, as long as it i...

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