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#ENDSARS: Nigerians protest police brutality

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter November 5, 2020

On Saturday, Oct. 3, a video of a Nigerian Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officer robbing and killing a young man went viral. Young Nigerians immediately took to social media to spread...

A history of student activism for racial justice on campus

Piper Olsen, Feature Reporter September 24, 2020

There has been an increased spotlight on contemporary issues of racial discrimination at Whitman, but current activists argue that we must not forget the legacy of unacknowledged work and demands of BIPOC...

Letter of support for students of color issued by staff and faculty

Alasdair Padman, News Editor March 1, 2020

In response to the hate crimes perpetrated against a Whitman student on Jan. 26 and Feb. 13, Kaitlyn G. Patia, a visiting assistant professor of rhetoric, writing and public discourse, sent a "Faculty/Staff...

Remember the Manifesta? Reparations are Due

Danielle Hirano, Senior, Class of 2019 May 16, 2019

On April 25th, the Whitman Wire received “We Need to Thrive: a Manifesta,” collectively written by nine women of color faculty members. In a revolutionary spirit, they voiced their grievances about...

Renewal of the Vows: Whitman College and Fossil Fuels

Renewal of the Vows: Whitman College and Fossil Fuels

Lindsey Brodeck, Staff Reporter May 4, 2017

This Thursday, Whitman College and Fossil Fuels will renew their wedding vows outside the Memorial Building. Divest Whitman, the club organizing the event, will hold a similar ceremony  to the one held...

When Does a Pledge Delayed Become a Promise Betrayed?

Timothy Kaufman-Osborn, Baker Ferguson Professor of Politics and Leadership January 24, 2017

The documentary “Agents of Change,” shown in Maxey Auditorium last Thursday, taught us that creation of Black Studies programs at San Francisco State College and Cornell University in 1968-69 was anything...

Photo by Samarah Uribe Mendez

Comedian Gloria Bigelow provides provocative, socially conscious humor

Missy Gerlach, Staff Reporter November 10, 2016

As part of the ongoing Equality Coffeehouse event, FACE (Feminists Advocating for Change and Empowerment) invited a rather unique performer in comedian Gloria Bigelow, who uniquely addressed intersectional...

Photo by Henry Honzel

Reflecting on Race

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...

Storyteller Relives Civil Rights Movement

Storyteller Relives Civil Rights Movement

Lachlan Johnson February 27, 2013

Members of the Whitman and Walla Walla community filled the Glover Alston Center on Monday, Feb. 25 to hear storyteller Kathya Alexander speak about the civil rights movement. Drawing on both her...

Culture of color blindness: Privilege hinders discussion of diversity

Culture of color blindness: Privilege hinders discussion of diversity

Emily Lin-Jones April 26, 2012

Like many of its peer institutions, Whitman doesn't hesitate to emphasize its commitment to diversity. Diversity is currently the focus of Whitman's application supplement writing prompt, and the word...

Whitman celebrates King’s legacy

Emily Lin-Jones January 26, 2012

Samuel McKinney, a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will share his colleague's legacy with the Whitman community in a lecture on Thursday, Jan. 26. His lecture will mark the end of a series...

Illustration: MaryAnne Bowen

10 facts about Whitman’s Black Student Union

Molly Johanson November 10, 2011

1. It is one of the largest diversity clubs that is run through the Intercultural Center with close to 100 listserv members and about 30 core members. 2. The club meets every Thursday at 5 p.m....

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