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Though the 2016 Presidential election is nearly four years behind us, I remember it like it was yesterday: the static night air, the frenetic social media posts every incoming poll, the Christmas Eve-like excitement buzzing electric through everyone’s veins. My roommates and I gathered around the TV, a rare moment of togetherness in the midst of our senior year, peeling our eyes away from the screen just long enough to pass bottles of liquor between the three of us — one shot for each state Trump won. By the time Missouri’s results rolled in, the hope we’d clung to all…

CW: Police murders of BIPOC, including brief discussions of means of death.

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department earlier this summer led to skyrocketing interest in antiracism scholarship among White folks finally waking up to the brutal realities of being Black in America. Floyd’s death — which followed on the heels of Ahmaud Arbery’s and Breonna Taylor’s murders in Brunswick (Ga.) and Louisville (Ky.), respectively — ushered in what can only be described as a massive racial reckoning.

Despite this newfound passion for justice and White people’s growing “wokeness” to the realities of…

The Mississippi Black Codes of 1865 — the first such Reconstruction-era predecessors of Jim Crow — all but paved the road for Southern states eager to circumvent the Emancipation Proclamation passed just two years earlier. Black Codes like Mississippi’s served to control newly freed Blacks now unchained by the shackles of slavery. Though these laws are over a century behind us, their legacy lives on in modern political and social realities that continue to dehumanize and disenfranchise the same people our government claimed to have set free. …


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