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Why race and ethnicity courses should be required

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

November 14, 2019

All first-years at Whitman are required to take Encounters and meet distribution requirements, but considering the current society we are part of, I believe that all students should also be required to take a race and privilege class at some point during their college career. All students should tak...

The real victims of homelessness

The real victims of homelessness

Mat Chapin, Columnist

October 9, 2019

People don't like seeing homelessness.  It makes them uncomfortable. It makes them feel unsafe. It lowers the value of their waterfront properties.  Does this make the middle class the true victims of the homelessness epidemic? Absolutely not.   There is a deeply disturbing rhetoric surrounding homelessness i...

Just a Face Mask?

Just a Face Mask?

Jordon Crawford, Columnist

April 5, 2018

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...

The Purpose of Power and Privilege

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

March 1, 2018

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...

P&P Battens Down the Hatches as the White Feminists Approach, Rubbing their Hands Voraciously

Anthony Reale, Line Pusher

February 22, 2018

Power and Privilege faces yet again the onslaught of white feminists as the Symposium’s date approaches.  This problem, a yearly challenge for the planners of P&P, returns yet again in the form of Starbucks-wielding, social media-posting, pussy hat-wearing people.  The strength of white feminis...

Another Perspective on Cultural appropriation

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

October 29, 2017

In light of the PSA’s plastered around campus around Halloween time reminding us that ‘My culture is not a costume’ for an often-times oblivious perpetrator, it seems important that we re-think cultural appropriation, and especially why we find it so objectionable. At the core of it, it seems to ...

Calling out Whitman College

Peggy Li, Opinion Editor

April 13, 2017

On campus, it is generally accepted as a given that ‘privilege’ and ‘entitlement’ are definitively bad. Especially after an event like the Power and Privilege Symposium, words that, in and of themselves, only mean that we are able to affect change or that we have certain rights now possess a ...

Students unsure how to spell ‘privilege’

Rebecca Gluck, Met Husband on Tinder

April 2, 2017

Last week’s annual intercollegiate spelling bee was historic in several ways. For one, all eight Ivy League schools were disqualified for alleged collusion, although they insisted it was a harmless business strategy. The second surprise was the broken record for most misspellings of a single word. ...

Moonlight recaptures Oscars

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

March 9, 2017

Despite some confusion at the Oscars on the winner of the Best Picture, "Moonlight" won the category in addition to numerous other wins. However, the impact of "Moonlight’s" victory on Oscars night goes beyond the award. For years, the Academy has been criticized for their lack of diversity in chosen...

Whitman students join protest against Shell oil rigs in Port of Seattle

Whitman students join protest against Shell oil rigs in Port of Seattle

Allie Donahue

May 7, 2015

Shell's Arctic fleet is moving north to the Port of Seattle, and a coalition of environmental groups, including a group of students from Whitman, is planning to protest in a flotilla of kayaks on May 16. Whitman activists will join other environmentalists from the sHELL NO coalition to demonstrate...

Self-reflection, Teaching the Movement help fight back against privilege paralysis

Katy Wills

February 12, 2015

While some new parents may be told that their child is at greater risk for heart disease, diabetes or obesity, their white babies don't come with a document warning the parents of the potential for privilege paralysis. I began to understand this condition last year. In April 2014, I attended a workshop...

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