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December 12, 2017 Life

“When we say black, what does that mean?” Jarrel Phillips, artist and curator, asked himself that question in order to assemble his latest exhibit. “I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence,” on display in the Associated Students’ Art Gallery, explores the way black people and their culture are viewed and discussed within and outside ...

Tomi Lahren’s silence speaks volume

December 7, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

Editor’s note: this is an open letter in response to Tomi Lahren, host of TheBlaze’s commentary show “Tomi,” and her recent “Final Thoughts” segment regarding the Trump Presidency and the Black Lives Matter movement. Dear Tomi Lahren, I would like to begin by stating that this is not a letter of hate or complete scrutiny, ...

Black Americans Deserve Better Police Treatment

October 12, 2016 Opinion 1 Comment

Trigger warning: this story contains potentially distressing material and language about police brutality and murder. After a six hour standoff with police in Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco on Sept. 24, a 40-year-old White man was taken into custody alive. The gunman waved a semi-automatic weapon around, pointing it at himself and police and ...

Black Lives Matter Founder addresses misconceptions

April 12, 2016 News 4 Comments

SF State graduate student and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza, spoke at SF State Monday about the organization’s origins and misconceptions about it. Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and an SF State graduate student, founded the organization with two other friends in 2013 after the not-guilty verdict George Zimmerman received from the death of Trayvon ...

Facebook is dead to me

November 16, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

In middle school and high school, I used Facebook to post about my day, share pictures of my recent family vacations and see what romantic relationships had formed, but boy, how times have changed. Recently, it seems like the social networking site has died down. It’s become a repository for political debates between family and friends and bogus articles from ...

National day of action prompts SF State student rally

October 23, 2015 News

SF State historic organizations voiced their opposition to the California State University mandate that equipped all campus police with Tasers during the National Day of Action to Stop Police Brutality Thursday. The CSU and the State University Police Association agreed to allow campus police to arm themselves with new equipment, including Tasers and pepper spray, Aug. 27. ...

BSU creates a safe space for African American students

September 29, 2015 News 3 Comments

The Black Student Union will bring attention to everyday gender issues surrounding members of the black community by kicking off this year’s first Black Kings and Queens meeting Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. BSU Senior coordinators Hannah Wodaje and Ismail Muhammad said they are working hard this year to improve the way black youth ...

#BlackLivesMatter = Black Lives Matter Too

September 15, 2015 Opinion

Last week I received a Facebook message from an old high school classmate who criticized me for posting “too much black stuff” on my social media. “#BlackLivesMatter is ignorant and rude; not all white cops are racist and, besides, all lives matter,” he said. “You’re not promoting equality.” This message was very disturbing for me to ...

Equal attention vital for lives lost in recent shootings

March 23, 2015 Opinion 1 Comment

The murder of three Muslim students in North Carolina by their neighbor, a white male with vocal anti-theist leanings, instantly alarmed those in the Arab American community. But early coverage demonstrated indifference to the crime, and it took hours of social media users questioning media intentions until news outlets across the country started broadcasting details ...