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Person of Color Column: The dangers of generalizing race

Person of Color Column: The dangers of generalizing race

By Ally Rzesa

April 10, 2019

A disgruntled man ambushed a conversation between my friends and I on the Green Line a month ago. Our discussion veered from finsta content to him questioning our opinions on the recent college admissions scandal. While our chat remained civil—minus him calling us illiterate after not knowing the definition...

Person of Color Column: The languages of my nation

Person of Color Column: The languages of my nation

By Riddhima Dave

March 27, 2019

Since coming to America, people often say to me, “Your English is excellent for a...” and then they trail off from there. I have encountered this statement, or something along these lines, at least once every time I travel to the United States from India. It always leaves me wondering—I spe...

Person of Color Column: There is no right way to look like a person of color

Person of Color Column: There is no right way to look like a person of color

By Taina Millsap, Living Arts Editor

March 20, 2019

For the first 13 years of my life, as I grew up in Fortaleza, Brazil, I never heard the term “white-passing.” No one ever questioned my ethnicity because I “looked white” until I moved to the U.S. The centuries of immigration and racial integration within the Brazilian community from Asia, Europe, Afri...

Person of Color Column: Black History Month deserves a school-wide celebration

Person of Color Column: Black History Month deserves a school-wide celebration

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

February 27, 2019

I was sitting in an Uber with my friend Sydnie when my driver started telling us about his childhood in Roxbury, Massachusetts. His story didn’t particularly interest me until he began to question us about Martin Luther King Jr. “Yes, we know who MLK is,” I said, confused why he brought it up. He co...

Person of Color Column: Accepting the “brown” label

Person of Color Column: Accepting the “brown” label

By Diti Kohli

February 20, 2019

In July 2015, a Huffington Post Canada article about the fashion choices of a Bollywood star’s wife sparked controversy because of its headline, “Shahid Kapoor’s New Wife Mira Rajput’s Outfits Have Every Brown Girl Drooling.” Impassioned readers flooded the comment section and called the h...

Person of Color Column: Managing multiple identities

Person of Color Column: Managing multiple identities

By Abigail Hadfield, Deputy Copy Editor

February 5, 2019

For the first 18 years of my life, I viewed myself as white. When I came to Emerson, I realized that even though I am mixed, I could still belong to communities of color. I grew up in a white community in the Philadelphia suburbs, but I never tried to hide my ethnicity. I frequently asked my grandmot...

Person of Color Column: Do you see my color?

Person of Color Column: Do you see my color?

By Frances Hui

January 30, 2019

I ran into my Foundations of Journalism class late on my first day last semester. As I rushed in, the room went silent, and I flushed with embarrassment. I felt as though people were staring, wondering, “Who is this Asian girl? Why is she here?” I sat down in the only seat available in the first row, so peop...

Person of Color Column: From majority to minority

Person of Color Column: From majority to minority

By Melanie Curry, Deputy Arts Editor

January 21, 2019

As I was eating lunch one afternoon, my half-Latina friend asked me a question I’ve been waiting to hear since enrolling at Emerson: “Is that your real hair?” It comes as no shock to me that this friend or any other Emerson student might ask me this question at some point. I am, after ...