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The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

The Dominican Republics border wall cements what we knew: its immigration policies are xenophobic

The Dominican Republic’s border wall cements what we knew: its immigration policies are xenophobic

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
February 23, 2022

As of this year, spike, metal, and concrete will occupy the Dominican-Haitian border, as a wall is currently being constructed where the countries meet. Elon Musk-enthusiast and President of the Dominican...

Is Taylor Swift revolutionary or is she just white?

Is Taylor Swift revolutionary or is she just white?

By Hadera McKay, Opinion Editor
November 11, 2021

With the upcoming re-release of Taylor Swift’s award-winning album Red on Friday, it’s about time to investigate exactly why we love this white woman and her mediocre singing voice so much.  The...

Turning Point U.S.A, should there be a voice for them on campus?

Turning Point U.S.A, should there be a voice for them on campus?

By Justin Chen, Podcast Host
October 7, 2021

Emerson students erupted with justified anger after the recent Turning Point U.S.A Emerson tabling event in the 2 Boylston Place alleyway, when the organization passed out stickers reading “China kinda...

 Even as white and Black people use cannabis at similar rates, Black people are 3.64 times more likely to be arrested on charges of weed possession, according to a 2020 ACLU report.

The luxury of neighborhood dispensaries deny America’s racist cannabis criminalization

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
May 1, 2021

In 1936, a film titled “Reefer Madness” hit the silver screen. Originally titled “Tell Your Children,” the black & white cinema explored the “dangers” of smoking weed through a tale of...

The Berkeley Beacon office in Emersons 172 Tremont St. building.

SGA passes legislation condemning The Beacon over instances of racism, discrimination

By Andrew Brinker and Frankie Rowley
December 18, 2020

The Student Government Association unanimously passed legislation in their Dec. 8 meeting condemning The Berkeley Beacon, Emerson’s student newspaper, over instances of racism, ableism, and internal...

Screenshot from the ICA Panel on racism, contemporary art, and public health.

Racism and public health: ICA Boston discusses the role of the artist in 2020

By Joshua Sokol, Staff Writer
November 2, 2020

In June, Mayor Marty Walsh declared racism a public health crisis as millions of Black Lives Matter protesters demanded justice for police brutality victims like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The Institute...

Note from the Editor: We take responsibility

Note from the Editor: We take responsibility

By Diti Kohli, Print Designer
September 10, 2020

A journalist’s commitment is to truth, to fairness, to balance. And this is The Beacon’s truth. We, as an institution with a longstanding history at Emerson, have repeatedly produced content and...

Pedestrians pass by Emersons Paramount Theater.

Anonymous group calls for changes to address institutional racism in performing arts department

By Andrew Brinker, Senior Investigative Reporter
July 31, 2020

Amid a national reckoning on systemic racism, multiple groups composed of students and alumni have sent letters to Emerson’s Performing Arts Department calling for wide-ranging changes to policies they...

A view of part of the old Marlboro College campus.

Turmoil over racism allegations toward Marlboro College buyer continues after Emerson finalizes merger

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
July 24, 2020

The Marlboro community raised more questions about the allegations of racism against Democracy Builders, the organization that purchased the Marlboro College campus, in a town meeting held Monday—the...

The school must hold a mirror to itself, showing the college what they are, rather than the facade they want others to see. For a school that preaches diversity and prides itself on modernity and liberalism, Emerson does not practice what it preaches.

Black at Emerson: Confronting racism through social media

By Maxx Carr, Creator of @blackatemerson
July 6, 2020

Maxx Carr created the Instagram account @blackatemerson, which presents Black students at Emerson with a platform to anonymously discuss the injustices they’ve experienced on campus. Carr is a second-year...

The Paramount residence hall will be used to house students potentially exposed to or ill with COVID-19 in the fall.

Paramount residence hall to be used as quarantine space for ill or exposed students

By Charlie McKenna
July 5, 2020

The college plans to use the Paramount residence hall as a quarantine and isolation space for students who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19, an email sent to students Sunday afternoon with more...

A view of part of the old Marlboro College campus.

Marlboro Alumni condemn campus sale amid reports of racism at Democracy Builders

By Jacob Seitz, Staff Writer
July 4, 2020

The Marlboro Alumni Council urged the Marlboro Board of Trustees to cancel the sale of the Vermont campus to Democracy Builders due to recent public accusations of racism against the group’s founder,...

It’s sad, really, that I’m numb to these things. So numb that when I saw the video of George Floyd’s murder, I didn’t feel surprised, angry, frustrated, or sad.

POC Column: Dear White People

By Melanie Curry
July 3, 2020

I once had a small, insignificant, ten-minute conversation with my high school friend Kelis that my mind will never let me forget.  One day, Kelis walked into a Georgian Nordstrom to window shop, and...

President M. Lee Pelton will head a Boston committee tasked with combating racism and inequality.

Pelton to lead Boston steering committee combating racism and inequity

By Charlie McKenna
June 25, 2020

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office appointed President M. Lee Pelton to lead a new citywide steering committee that will raise money to combat racism, according to an announcement Thursday. The...

President M. Lee Pelton speaking to students who were forced to evacuate the Netherlands during the Spring 2020 semester after COVID-19 spread rapidly around the world. Pelton expressed support for the Defund the Police initiative Tuesday, saying that the police are overly militarized and the system needs overhauled, in a virtual panel with Commonwealth Magazine.

Pelton voices support for “Defund the Police” initiative in virtual panel

By Diana Bravo, Copyeditor/Photographer
June 18, 2020

President M. Lee Pelton joined mounting numbers nationwide in voicing support for the “Defund the Police” initiative that calls for police department funding to be reallocated to community resources,...

It’s sad, really, that I’m numb to these things. So numb that when I saw the video of George Floyd’s murder, I didn’t feel surprised, angry, frustrated, or sad.

Solved: The Myth of Reverse Racism

By Melanie Curry
March 11, 2020

A few weeks ago, I scrolled on my TikTok “For You” page and stumbled across a video of a white girl claiming that every race can be racist.  I stared in shock for a few seconds before reading the...

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