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“No justice, no peace”: protesting for Black lives in downtown Walla Walla

Rosa Woolsey, Staff Reporter

June 4, 2020

Lindsey Luna was driving home on Friday morning when she saw a woman standing at Land Title Plaza in downtown Walla Walla, holding a sign that read “justice." Luna, a Latina community advocate, decided to join the lone demonstrator, inviting a few more friends out in their effort to stand up for Bl...

Editorial: In support of the Black Lives Matter movement

Alasdair Padman, Emma Fletcher-Frazer, and Ella Meyers

June 3, 2020

Content Warning: This editorial includes discussion of racially-motivated violence and police brutality. The same applies to many of the links. In the past week, cities have erupted in protest in response to the murder of George Floyd. While his murder, and that of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor,...

March for our Lives and White Supremacy

Illustration by Abby Takahashi

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

April 5, 2018

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...

Who is the Symposium for? P&P Grapples with Theme of Resistance and Question of Purpose

From left to right, Associate Professor of French Jack Iverson, Associate Professor of Geology Kirsten Nicolaysen, Marc Go  ‘20, Senior Ad- junct Professor of English Jenna Terry, Assistant Director of Academic Resources Janet Mallen, Associate Professor of Astronomy Nathaniel Paust and Erin Pahlke. Panelists discussed how their awareness of power and privilege in uenced their parenting decisions.

Rylee Neville, Staff Reporter

March 1, 2018

On February 22, 2018, the annual Power and Privilege Symposium invited students to examine systems of power in society and brought attention to the manifestation of racism and other forms of oppression on Whitman’s campus. The Symposium covered a variety of topics that ranged from mental health at...

Dialogue and Difference: Race and Ethnic Studies Class Leans Into Discomfort

Lisa Perfetti and Kazi Joshua

Kate Grumbles, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2018

Each Monday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 19 students take part in a class offered for the first time at Whitman called “Dialogue, Difference, and Social Justice.” This class explores how different aspects of identity, such as class, race and gender impact our social interactions with each oth...

Black History Month

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

February 8, 2018

The reason why I wanted to write on this topic is because of the fact that the majority of students on campus do not know that February is Black History Month. I don’t know whether it is because of ignorance or because of conscious negligence, but I wanted to bring more attention to it since it is...

Accepting the Election

Alya Bohr, Columnist

November 12, 2016

Some things cannot be made sense of. Or, if there is any sense to be made, it is fractured, messy and incomplete. That’s how this post-election period feels. Yes, perhaps it’s true that the results shouldn’t have been shocking, that we should have known this deep pain and unrest existed in our...

Reflecting on Race

Photo by Henry Honzel

Christy Carley, News Editor

October 13, 2016

On Thursday evening the words of “We Shall Overcome” echoed across the steps of Penrose Library, while candles flickered in the dark. Members of the Whitman community gathered together to mourn the black lives lost to police brutality. The vigil, sponsored by Whitman’s Black Student Union (BSU) inclu...

DNC Convention Spotlights Philadelphia Inequalities

DNC Convention Spotlights Philadelphia Inequalities

Chris Hankin

July 27, 2016

“The issue is that a lot of black men are committing crimes. But it’s not because they are bad people,” Wilson said. “You can’t lock up everybody for long prison terms when that’s really the only occupation in the neighborhood.”

Hundreds rally against racism on library steps

Photo by Tywen Kelly.

Lachlan Johnson, Investigative Director

November 13, 2015

Over 250 Whitman community members rallied against systemic racism on campus.

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