When talking to Africans, the first thing is to look them straight in the eye, and mouth every word carefully and in slow cadences to make sure they can understand you. Make sure your every word drips with the sympathy that they came from a far country. Understand that the…


Protestors outside Rochester City Hall, New York. Photo by HENRY LITSKY.

It’s a few hours to midnight at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Rochester, New York. Music plays as a few thousand people of different ages, races, and ethnicities gather on the grass. …


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The beginning of summer 2019 was filled with excitement. I had just finished taking my final exams and wrapped up my internship at the University of Rochester in New York. Sophomore year had been a learning wavelength characterized by stressful troughs and successful peaks and I was even more thrilled…


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“Some might be wondering, is abolition too drastic? Can we really get rid of prisons and policing all together? The short answer: We can. We must. We are.” Meriame Kaba.

Ubaba kaSabelo (Sabelo’s father) is a trusted man in Tsakane, a low-income township that sits southeast of Johannesburg, South Africa…


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A professor asks you a question you happen to know the answer to, you have all the words at the tip of your tongue, ready to snatch up points for the participation grade but there’s just one problem: the thought of raising your hand in a packed auditorium conjures up…


(How) can a place where I grew up in feel so foreign?

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Home is a place of general security and relative comfort. It’s a cushion against the backdrop of a chaotic world, or a home town usually far away from the hustle and bustle, and stings of life.

Going home at the end of my second year of studying abroad, I realized…


The 17th-century contact with European conquerors, the history of genocide and forced migration, and broken political treaties continues to disadvantage Native communities in Western New York and the country as a whole.

The UofR’s River Campus and the Bausch and Lomb Riverside Park sit on an ancient Native American town…


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When we have conversations about race, it is usually in response to racist-induced incidents like when a white college student calls the cops on a black student for sleeping in a common area, some students wear blackface, or somebody hangs bananas from nooses around campus. Although these are awfully disgusting…


From having your name spelled incorrectly on a Starbucks cup even after spelling out every single letter to the barista, to observing a room freeze into empathetic silence after everyone notices your foreign accent, even dismissing you as speech-impaired or unintelligent — living with a foreign accent is difficult.

Accents…


URDU team at the 11th Annual Yale Inter-Varsity Parliamentary Debate Tournament. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. October 28th, 2018.

Recently, there have been many conversations in our community related to uncomfortable subjects such as the nature of gun violence, racial privilege, acts of terrorism, and racism. …

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