Congratulations to Sam Goldberg and our Kraft Global Fellow, Hannah Bender!
“Photographer Kiyun asked her friends at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus to “write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced.”
The term “microaggression” was used by Columbia professor Derald Sue to refer to “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” Sue borrowed the term from psychiatrist Dr. Chester Pierce who coined the term in the ’70s.”
“Recently, a video hit social media showing a black man at a California Starbucks not being allowed to use the bathroom, as a white customer was easily granted access. On Tuesday, the company announced that it will close more than 8,000 stores on May 29 to conduct racial-bias education for its employees “geared toward preventing discrimination” in its stores.”
“College students on campuses across the United States have been engaging in critical conversations about mental health at both the individual and institutional levels, but there is one condition that all too frequently goes overlooked.
It is time that we talk about grief, recognize it as a mental health condition, and address it as such at Columbia. Grief is something that has been familiar to me since before I started here.”
“The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America.”
“New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is calling for reform of the criminal justice system after visiting rapper Meek Mill in a Pennsylvania prison.”
“Thank you very kindly, my friends. As I listened to Ralph Abernathy and his eloquent and generous introduction and then thought about myself, I wondered who he was talking about. It’s always good to have your closest friend and associate to say something good about you. And Ralph Abernathy is the best friend that I have in the world. I’m delighted to see each of you here tonight in spite of a storm warning. You reveal that you are determined to go on anyhow.”
“Historians and biographers have spent much ink celebrating and interrogating the life and influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 50 years since his assassination on April 4, 1968. Readers interested to know more about the iconic civil rights hero can choose from a wide range of literary options — from shorter books that give an easily digestible overview of his life, to multi-volume tomes exploring his every action in great detail. While some books take a holistic approach toward the life of the man, others focus in on sub-topics of his legacy.”
“The March on Washington was a peaceful demonstration for racial equality. But it would not have happened without the beatings, arrests and violent struggle for civil rights that had already engulfed the Deep South.”