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Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries lectures on ‘hard history’

Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries lectures on ‘hard history’

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

December 12, 2019

Last Thursday, Dec. 5, Ohio State Associate Professor of History Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries gave a lecture titled “1619 An American Journey - 400 years of tragedy and triumph.” Olin Auditorium was filled to capacity as people entered to hear Dr. Kwame Jeffries talk about the "hard history" of America....

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...

Responding to Trudeau’s brownface scandal

Responding to Trudeau’s brownface scandal

Nidhi Jaltare, Columnist

October 3, 2019

Trump was elected when I was applying to colleges in America. Everyone around me was complaining about how much they regretted not applying to a school in Canada instead. This was just an angry, spontaneous reaction caused by ignorance. It was rooted in the lack of attention that racism in Canada gets. Can...

Op-Ed: ‘Culture of Silence:’ What the WWU Administration Will Not Address

Jake Sloop, WWU Sophomore

April 12, 2018

These past few weeks at Walla Walla University have been rocky, to say the least. Therefore, in this week’s Swap Issue, I hope to address some of the questions many Whitties have asked me about the blackface social media post at WWU and the discussion it has sparked. I think that this issue is intrinsical...

The “White Moderate” Problem: Diversity and Inclusion in Greek Life at Whitman

Claire Ommen, Staff Reporter

April 10, 2018

Throughout this year, members of the Whitman Greek community have begun to grapple with racism in Greek Life’s past – and present. Sophomore Kylin Brown, the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion on Whitman Panhellenic, is currently involved in a project to research the history of racism within th...

Digital Blackface and Power Dynamics in Memes

Alondra Contreras, Columnist

April 8, 2018

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...

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...

WWU Grapples with Blackface Incident

WWU Grapples with Blackface Incident

Martina Pansze, Editor in Chief

April 5, 2018

Just before the student body of Walla Walla University departed for Spring Break two weeks ago, a racist photograph with the school’s logo circulated through social media. The photo is a publicly posted snapchat screenshot of six individuals, five of them wearing what appear to be black facial masks. The photo has a WWU logo filter and the caption #prettyHurts, as well as the w...

Affirming White Women

Affirming White Women

Rina Cakrani, Columnist

November 16, 2017

There are certain myths and misconceptions surrounding the question of affirmative action and who benefits from it, and many narratives have been built based on how the beneficiaries supposedly do not deserve their place in a certain institution, but are there only due to this policy. It is impor...

Editorial: Wire Receives Letter from the KKK

Martina Pansze, Editor-In-Chief

November 1, 2017

When an envelope addressed to the “Campus Student Media Group” appeared in The Wire’s mailbox, it had a stamp in place of a return address. The stamp read “Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” along with a logo of a hooded figure on a rearing horse holding a cross, with the confederate and ...

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...

Criminal Injustice

Alya Bohr, Columnist

April 14, 2016

When we tacitly accept these beliefs as truths, when we label those convicted of crime as categorically “evil” and then avert our eyes, we are doing a great disservice to the progress of our nation.

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