USAC Representatives Pass Resolution to Address Racism, Supporting SJSU Activists

In response to verbal and physical assaults on a Black first-year student by his three white roommates at San Jose State University (SJSU) in November, UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution that takes a stance against racism and to propose actions to support tolerance and diversity. The resolution adopted Tuesday, January 22, hopes to …

Editor-in-Chief Dasha Zhukova Sits on Naked Black Woman

On January 20th, 2014, Martin Luther King Day, an online magazine entitled Garage, published a photo of its Editor-in-chief, Dasha Zhukova, sitting on a chair made to resemble a half-naked Black woman. Miroslava Duma, the blog’s editor, posted the insensitive photo on Instagram, and further marketed the image as something of trending, fashionable, and contemporary art.  In the image, the …

Peggy Noland’s Shocking Oprah Dress

Most recently, there has been quite a stir about the particular fashionable taste of fashion designer Peggy Noland. One of her graphic dresses displays a life-size image of what appears to be an unknown, and unclothed, Afrikan American female with a photo-shopped image of Oprah’s face in exchange.  There are multiple images of women and even one with an image of …

Us vs. Us: The Fist Divided

To be a Black student on campus is to be both seen and unseen: seen in the sense of recognition as an outsider, yet unseen as the apparition of a true deserving Bruin. With this, UCLA’s Afrikan-American community should be a congregated sanctuary; even-being true, the miniature community still stands divided. Why aren’t UCLA’s Black students and student-athletes more involved …

Oprah Says Obama Is Disrespected Because He Is Black

  In the weeks leading up to the inauguration of President Barak Obama in 2008, there was an ominous suspicion lurking around America. Many Americans waited in anxious anticipation, bearing in mind the extreme lengths to which white bigots once traveled to keep blacks from voting, wondering if the racist ghost of America’s past would surface to remind us how …

Dominican Court to Revoke the Citizenship of Thousands

Due to a recent Dominican Republic (DR) court ruling, over 200,000 Dominican citizens are in danger of becoming stateless. According to the court, all individuals of ‘migrant background’ born in the DR since 1929 will have their citizenship questioned and possibly revoked. The controversial verdict stands to severely affect the descendants of Haitian immigrants residing in the country. “We really …

Classism: The New Racism?

Nothing displays the ills of society’s views towards race in media more than an outburst from Kanye West. Whether it is a comment about who should rightfully win an award or explaining George Bush’s lack of concern for Black people, Kanye may be seen as irrational, but he does highlight important oversights in the Black community. On October 10, 2013, …

My N***A, My N***A!

Five months ago when I first heard the song, “My N***a”, by local rapper YG, the first thing I noticed was the beat. Immediately, I found myself grooving to it. Initially, the lyrics weren’t too bad. I was used to YG’s subject matter so nothing came off particularly shocking. Then came the hook. The word “n***a” is repeated a total of …