Category Archives: History

Spell(ings) Check

A few weeks ago, Margaret Spellings started her job as the new UNC system president. However, she was not welcomed with open arms and smiles. Instead, several college campuses planned and executed a walkout to protest Spellings. Continue reading Spell(ings) Check

The Inevitability of the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Imagine looking forward to the rest of your life in high school and the first image that comes to mind is the big, colossal prison complex down the road. For many of the youth today, this is a sad reality and path that has taken their life off track. This isn’t because a large amount of our youth are criminals or do drugs, but because of the system that has set it up to be the “school-to-prison” pipeline. The school-to-prison pipeline “refers to the policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.” This system is put in place through subtle yet dramatic policies that are in schools and the prison-industrial complex. Many of those are some that I’m sure your high schools had/have in place that you didn’t realize could have greater implications after high school.
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The Black Muslim Experience

As part of a three event series on people of African descent, presented through a collaborative effort by the Campus Y, BSM, MSA, and OASIS, Tae Brown led a panel of Black Muslims to discuss their experiences as they relate to their identity. The three panelists were able to give insight on the life of the average Black Muslim in America, and raise interesting points concerning their view of how they fit within their community. Continue reading The Black Muslim Experience

I Should Have Wished You Happy Black History Month

To provide a little context: It was the night of February 20th and one my best friends had just turned 21. We spent a couple of hours at her apartment pre-game then bounced to TOPO and Linda’s for some cheese fries. The party split up around 1:30 AM and half of the group headed towards the MLK direction and two of my friends walked me home before catching an Uber back to their place. The three of us walk up through the McCorkle quad trying to hurry because of how cold it was. As we make our way through campus we start to pass Silent Sam, Davie Poplar and the rest of UNC’s most notable monuments. The only issue with this picture is what I witness next. Continue reading I Should Have Wished You Happy Black History Month

Vote Defenders: Election Protection Training Q&A

Arc writer Kyra Rubin talked with Ignite NC’s ‘Triangle Field’ Team Leader, Kim Hoàng, to discuss voting rights, voter ID laws, and the organization’s recent Vote Defender Training. These trainings equip student volunteers with the skills to educate citizens on how and when voting laws are changing, to monitor key precincts for any voter intimidation or voter suppression, and to document voter issues or incidents that occur at these precincts. Continue reading Vote Defenders: Election Protection Training Q&A

5 Think Pieces to Celebrate Black History

This year, February has been completely and entirely lit. With everything going on in the world, there is nothing to do but celebrate completely unapologetic blackness. With that being said, some amazing, insightful, hilarious articles have been written in honor of black history month, and while the month in coming to a close, these articles remind you to celebrate blackness every day of the year. Continue reading 5 Think Pieces to Celebrate Black History

Marching Forward Together

A few weeks ago, Reverend Barber came to speak at the Stone Center. His deep voice resonated throughout the auditorium as spoke of The Third Reconstruction that is beginning to unfold in America. He urged us, young college students, to join the movement, to lead to movement, and invited us to attend The Historic Thousands on Jones Street moral march on February 13th. There, the day before Valentine’s Day, North Carolinians from across the state gathered to march for love and for justice, Forward Together, Not One Step Back. Continue reading Marching Forward Together

Campus Y Co-President Campaigns

This year the Campus Y has two teams running for the Campus Y Co-Presidents office: Monique Laborde and Noah Ponton; and Regan Buchanan and Lauren Eaves. Both duos have put up impressive campaigns with a strong media presence and in-depth platforms. After reading through their platforms, I wanted to get to know the candidates a little better, so I asked each team some questions. Read through this Q&A to get to know the candidates and make an informed decision about who to vote for!

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The Movement towards the Third Reconstruction

On Friday, January 29th, Reverend William Barber II spoke at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. Rev. Barber launched the well-known Moral Mondays in North Carolina. Moral Mondays are protest that were created because of several laws created by the N.C. government. The protests have spread to South Carolina and Georgia, as well as Illinois and New Mexico.

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The Importance of Black History Month

As Black History Month soon approaches I think there is no better time to reflect on and embrace all that comes with a month designated to one cultures history. To recognize the achievements accomplished thus far, and to see what the future holds. African Americans have long been undermined by the society we live in and have been treated like second-tier citizens. The questions I must raise today arise from many years of thought into why minorities are singled out during one particular month, particularly African Americans. Continue reading The Importance of Black History Month