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Black, Angry, and Female? The consequence of stereotypes

Black, Angry, and Female? The consequence of stereotypes

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

January 15, 2020

I’ve been stereotyped before. Last week, my neighbor told me that I speak like a white person, as if African Americans cannot speak properly. When I was around the age of ten, a counselor at a Girl Scout camp complimented my intelligence and asked me why I was so smart. To her surprise, black people a...

Person of Color Column: Filipino food is my love language

Person of Color Column: Filipino food is my love language

By Melissa Rosales, Columnist, Podcast Producer

December 14, 2019

This winter break I’m bringing home two suitcases: one full of clothes, one empty.  I'll fill the empty one with frozen Filipino food like sapin-sapin (layered glutinous rice and coconut dessert), Mama Sita’s special Filipino marinades, silvanas (two frozen cashew-meringue wafers with buttercream...

Person of Color Column: Mom, meet my ‘friend’

Person of Color Column: Mom, meet my ‘friend’

By Diti Kohli

December 12, 2019

My high school boyfriend’s dreary old minivan was a staple in our driveway. He hugged my mom when they crossed paths in public, watched football games with my brother, and lovingly tackled my dog when he came through the front door. During my first winter break back home, my first college partner ...

Person of Color Column: Language does not define my identity

Person of Color Column: Language does not define my identity

By Jade Lopez

December 4, 2019

When someone hears my last name, they often tell me something along the lines of “I didn’t know you were Hispanic.”  Growing up in a predominantly white area in Thurmont, Maryland, this statement was typically followed by “Well, you don't look like it.” This never really bothered me unti...

Person of Color Column: My skin color is not a Halloween costume

Person of Color Column: My skin color is not a Halloween costume

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

October 30, 2019

On Oct. 23, 2018, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly defended blackface on live television.  “But what is racist?" Kelly asked. “Because you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface on Halloween, or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a ...

Person of Color Column: I ain’t sari for wearing my culture with pride

Person of Color Column: I ain’t sari for wearing my culture with pride

By Diti Kohli

October 23, 2019

I’m often an all-black outfit kind of gal. My wardrobe mostly comprises turtlenecks, collared shirts, and high-waisted jeans in a sophisticated albeit boring range of neutral colors. It’s sprinkled with plaid blazers and a few statement pieces—funky jackets and a pair of colorful pants.  St...

Person of Color Column: Reconciling my mental health with my culture

Person of Color Column: Reconciling my mental health with my culture

By Seren Cho

October 19, 2019

Part of my identity is made up of being academically successful, or, for a better use of the term, a “know-it-all.” Growing up half-Korean in a Korean-dominated household, I learned that I couldn’t accept anything less than 100 percent. At a younger age, this type of perfection was achievable—...

Person of Color Column: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month away from home

Person of Color Column: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month away from home

By Jade Lopez

October 9, 2019

When Sept. 15 arrived, the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, I was eager to go to the Dining Center to see the foods they’d be serving that day. However, my heart broke when I opened up the Emerson app and realized there were no Hispanic foods being served. Much to my surprise, there was nothing displ...

Person of Color Column: What’s in a number?

Person of Color Column: What’s in a number?

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

October 1, 2019

My least favorite part of standardized testing has never been the test itself. For that matter, my least favorite part of starting any new job, applying for an internship, or submitting a college application, comes within the first page of questions—when you’re asked to check off the category for y...

Person of Color Column: My mission to say my name correctly

Person of Color Column: My mission to say my name correctly

By Diti Kohli

September 24, 2019

My name is Diti.  It is short and sweet—four basic letters that, despite their simplicity, are curiously foreign to most Americans. I’m Indian, and because lengthy names are common in my culture, people often assume my name is short for something. And of course, during introductions, attendanc...

Person of Color Column: Conversations can change culture

Person of Color Column: Conversations can change culture

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

September 11, 2019

Last semester, I confronted a white friend about her unintentionally racist comments. In our conversation, I talked about one of the biggest problems with racism today—microaggressions. “Some of the words and phrases you’ve said are racist,” I recall saying to her. “Calling my friends ‘t...

Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China

Person of Color Column: I am from Hong Kong, not China

By Frances Hui

April 21, 2019

I am from a city owned by a country that I don’t belong to. Britain colonized Hong Kong as a consequence of the Opium War in 1842. While China gave up part of Hong Kong permanently to Britain—the New Territories, which makes up 86 percent of Hong Kong, was also under British control in a 99-year le...