Three Photographs by Isiah Taylor

Photographer: Isiah Taylor Model: Daryn Gray Artist Statement: To put it simply, these images, like most of my work, point out the beauty of women of color—specifically black women. In a society which bashes women who do not fit into a certain box I feel it is important to point out the presence of beauty which…

Saying “We Are All Immigrants” is How White Liberalism Becomes Revisionism

by Kristin Chang “We are all immigrants”: the rallying cry of (white) liberals protesting against the Muslim Ban and other xenophobic and anti-immigrant executive orders our federal government is currently brewing.  The problem is, of course, statements like “We are a nation of immigrants” only reinforce the romantic myth of multiculturalism in the US, in…

Post-Election Disenchantment Blues

by  L. Alexander I distinctly remember that on the night of November 7th I turned my phone off, shut my eyes tightly and hoped that all would work out well. I’d submitted my absentee ballot a few weeks prior; it was six weeks before I would return to the United States. I’d fired off one…

White women are not my sisters (and other thoughts on the Women’s March)

by Kristin Chang When fellow first-year Jordan Valerie Allen and I organized a group of 50 students to attend the Women’s March on Washington (with the absolutely invaluable help and guidance of Natalie Gross), we hadn’t quite anticipated that we’d be drowned in a wave of cisnormative white women wearing pink “pussyhats.” And after scanning…

Scar Story

by Keya Acharya  *Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence/ Trauma    Scar Story   there’s one on the back side of my funny bone from when the doctor injected numbing cream and then twisted a metal circle piece into my arm and dug the skin out   a long skinny one on my toe (the sides of…

The F Word

Written by Em.Em.    I know the F word makes some of you nervous. Don’t be. Relax. I’m only going to use it a few times. So just relax. Now let’s get serious about this word. It can do so much. It can pay the highest compliment. But quickly be wielded as the deepest insult….

Call in Response: Police Brutality On.Stage

BY LIZZA RODRIGUEZ  In the month of August alone, American Police extrajudicially murdered close to 100 people, most of whom were black and brown folxs. Police brutality in the 21st century has been revealed as the nation state’s ahistorical performance; local and state law enforcement officials direct the show with the help of military grade…

I Will Never Be Cho Chang

BY KRISTIN CHANG In fifth grade, I dressed up as Hermione Granger for Halloween. My costume was made entirely of household parts: my wand was a chopstick, my robe was stitched from an old baby blanket, and I’d drawn red and gold stripes onto a napkin for a tie. I was proud of my costume,…

The Sukkah Right in Front of Me

BY SHLOIMY ZENWIRTH To most of you passing by it, the Sukkah will not elicit any emotions. For some, it fills them with positive feelings. But having the Sukkah put up 250 feet away from my college bedroom fills me with anguish/claustrophobia/negative flashbacks. The Sukkah brings back some terrible feelings. It brings up the times…

Can I Speak?

(On White Man-Splaining in Our Classrooms?) By LIZZA RODRIGUEZ So, Sarah Lawrence, How do we make room? It is clear to everyone who considers themselves members of this campus community that Sarah Lawrence is meant to be a place where critical thinking and social action are mediated among all of us here—a branding of neoliberal…

On Showing Up

By Kristin Chang Dear allies: Show up. Yes, it’s that simple. Scrolling through my Facebook and Twitter feeds, the sheer amount of social media activism and awareness on Sarah Lawrence campus is visually impressive, but at some point we have to examine and ask ourselves: when and how does this activism become “ally theater” (a…

Say Her Name: SANDRA BLAND

Say Her Name: SANDRA BLAND By Em.Em.  According to the family’s lawyer, on Thursday, September 15, 2016, Sandra Bland’s family settled their law suit against the police department.   They got 1.9 million dollars for Sandra’s wrongful death.  Based on details shared on nytimes.com, the settlement requires Waller County jail to pay $1.8 million and…