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Historically Black Fraternity target of Hate Crime at AU

The day after Taylor Dumpson was elected student government president at American University, the college awoke to what is currently being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime. Early in the morning on May 1, students discovered bananas hung by nooses around the campus, covered in phrases reading “harambe bait” and “AKA free.” AKA

White Privilege: Not a Liberal Hoax

The summer before my final year of middle school, Darren Wilson, a white police officer, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man in Ferguson, Missouri. The unjust event angered many across the nation, sparking protests and the national recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement and their slogan “hands up don’t shoot.” The

Missing girls in DC: all the facts

Since the beginning of February, 35 Black and Latinx teens girls have gone missing in DC. Of those girls, 22 still have not been found. The recent disappearances do not represent a spike in missing cases. According to the Director of the Youth and Family Services Division at the MPD, Chanel Dickerson, 200 missing persons

Popular apps perpetrate systemic racism

In today’s online world the debate over what is racist or discriminatory is just as heated as it is in real life. Apps like Snapchat and Pokemon Go as well as websites, such as AirBnb  are raising important questions about what we view as racist and what we dismiss as nothing. When April 20, the

Bleached: femme fatales bring energy to stage

Last Wednesday night, my friends and I spent a blissful two hours or so singing along to messy, raunchy punk as well as sugarcoated power pop gems. The bands were No Parents and Bleached, both staples of the LA punk scene who delivered energetic melodies from the sunshine coast to a crowd of mostly middle

Local punk scene in DC still thrives

I spent my past Thursday and Friday nights diving into DC’s culture. No, I didn’t go to museums, visit the monuments, or read about DC’s history; I went to two free punk shows showcasing DC area artists. When you think of a place with a punk culture, you may automatically think of cities like New

Meet the Staff

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