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Off Script: Hollywood, stop pushing the tragic mulatto trope

Off Script: Hollywood, stop pushing the tragic mulatto trope

Marissa Martinez, Opinion Editor

February 12, 2019


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

The Bold Type is a Freeform show about three women who work for the fictional Scarlet magazine, a publication similar to Cosmopolitan. The show feels like a contemporary reaction to Sex and the City, a program about a group of female friends that often came off as unrealistic and insensitive. In The...

The Spectrum: We’re more similar than different

The Spectrum: We’re more similar than different

Dani Zhang, Columnist

February 11, 2019


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

When I tell people I am from China, they immediately jump to conclusions. "I don't hear an accent from you," a college friend observed in a deeply analytical tone. "Where did you learn English?" the doctor at the Health Office asked as she plunged a vaccine needle into my arm. "Your English is very good,"...

Bian: 21 Savage’s detainment displays what we’ve always known about our broken immigration system

Bian: 21 Savage’s detainment displays what we’ve always known about our broken immigration system

Andrea Bian, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 10, 2019


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

On Feb. 3, rapper 21 Savage was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who accused him of being in the United States illegally. 21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was born in England and, according to ICE, may face deportation due to overstaying a visa that expired...

Boyd: The economic case for universal healthcare

Boyd: The economic case for universal healthcare

Ryan Boyd, Columnist

February 10, 2019


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

As the 2020 campaign gets underway, it’s increasingly clear that almost all serious Democratic candidates are going to support universal healthcare coverage in one form or another. There are many ways to achieve universal coverage — from single-payer proposals like Medicare for All to multi-payer...

50 Years of Queer Anger: Jussie Smollett and anti-blackness in the queer community

50 Years of Queer Anger: Jussie Smollett and anti-blackness in the queer community

A. Pallas Gutierrez, Columnist

February 7, 2019


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

This is the third column in “50 Years of Queer Anger,” a series examining LGBTQ+ issues in the United States since 1969. On January 29, Jussie Smollett, a black gay actor, was attacked in Chicago by two men in ski masks who yelled racist and homophobic slurs as they threw an unknown substance on his f...

Martinez: Gifted education is systematically denied to minority students

Martinez: Gifted education is systematically denied to minority students

Marissa Martinez, Opinion Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

I was, without a doubt, a precocious child — one of my earliest memories is reading out loud to my fellow preschoolers who couldn’t yet. When my parents noticed I was still reading at an above-average level years later, they were able to move me to a school that taught to individual student levels,...

Buchaniec: There’s more to CRISPR than superbabies

Buchaniec: There’s more to CRISPR than superbabies

Catherine Buchaniec, Assistant Design Editor

February 6, 2019


Filed under Latest Stories, Opinion

Since its public release a few decades ago, the internet has largely been viewed as the most revolutionary product of the past century. However, another innovation is starting to provide some competition — CRISPR/Cas9. Starting in the 1990s, scientific researchers discovered that certain types...

Huang: Life should be an experiment, not a predestined package

Huang: Life should be an experiment, not a predestined package

Alexandra Huang, Columnist

February 4, 2019


Filed under Columns, Latest Stories, Opinion

Since the middle of last quarter, I started seeing my life as an experiment. I always thought of myself as a responsible and serious person, but realized I am more than that. I started to realize how incomplete my understanding of myself was, and I set out to spend the next few quarters just following...

Oh: The large-scale impact of getting an American name

Oh: The large-scale impact of getting an American name

Jacqueline Oh, Op-Ed Contributor

February 4, 2019


Filed under Contributors, Latest Stories, Opinion

Over the past couple weeks, I read Dani Zhang’s column on why she changed her name since she came to Northwestern because of the differential treatment she faced having a non-white name. This was compelling to me, as I recently learned that, throughout Japanese colonization, a significant number of Korea...

LTE: NU leaders endanger students, employees through E-verify

LTE: NU leaders endanger students, employees through E-verify

February 4, 2019


Filed under Latest Stories, Letters to Editor, Opinion

Since 2009, Northwestern faculty, staff and students have voiced concerns about NU implementing a discretionary program that turns over private data from students, staff and faculty to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through a program called E-Verify. As the timeline on this matter shows, in the last decade, various NU legal and administrative offici...

Where we are now: American queer rights in 2019

Where we are now: American queer rights in 2019

A. Pallas Gutierrez, Columnist

February 3, 2019


Filed under Latest Stories, Opinion

This is the second column in “50 Years of Queer Anger,” a series examining LGBTQ+ issues in the United States since 1969. Since the 1969 Stonewall riots brought the queer liberation movement to national attention, queer activists have made large strides despite large obstacles. Homosexuality and “g...

The Spectrum: Saying Asians aren’t people of color is oppression in itself

The Spectrum: Saying Asians aren’t people of color is oppression in itself

Andrea Bian, Assistant Opinion Editor

January 31, 2019


Filed under Latest Stories, Opinion, The Spectrum

The definition of a person of color, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “a person who is not white or of European parentage.” I’d say fairly early on in my life I figured out I did not fit into the “white or of European parentage” category, so I remember being happy to discover...