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New Dorm Named In Honor of University Slave Couple

On Wednesday, March 25th, the UVa Board of Visitors announced their decision to name the new residence hall built on Alderman Rd., Gibbons House, in honor of the slave couple William and Isabella Gibbons. According to the Slavery at University of Virginia Visitor’s Guide and a report from UVAToday, Mr. Gibbons was a slave for Professor Henry Howard in the 1840s, and later worked as a butler for Professor William H. McGuffey at the University of Virginia. Mrs. Gibbons was a servant…

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UVa Student Arrested, Questions about Police Brutality

Last night, Tuesday March 17, a third year UVa student was held down and arrested by Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) officers outside of Trinity Irish Pub on The Corner. The student is involved in Kappa Alpha Psi, the Honor Committee, the Black Student Alliance, Student Council, and Orientation Leaders. According to an email from the Black Dot [WARNING: graphic content], the student was denied entry into the bar and after a confrontation with officers, the student was thrown to the ground, causing a…

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Harvard, UNC Sued for Race-Based Admissions Policy

The Project on Fair Representation, a Virginia-based legal defense fund, filed suit Monday against Harvard and U.N.C.-Chapel Hill, arguing that their affirmative action policies amount to racial discrimination. The organization, based in Alexandria, argues that the university uses “system-wide intentional racial discrimination” to maintain “essentially the same percentage” of African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics and whites every year, and holds Asian American students to a far higher standard, forcing them to compete against one another for a certain allocation of places. Both…

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Arguing Politics: Whose Prejudice?

In the crossfire of race and welfare politics, nothing is safe. Just two weeks ago, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was accused of being racist and prejudicial for saying on Bill Bennett’s radio show that there was a “tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of…generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” However, with President Barack Obama making similar claims, are people focused on the actual argument, or are they merely rooting for their political…

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Sasheer Zamata, UVa Alumna, Joins SNL Cast

Sasheer Zamata, a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, has joined the cast of Saturday Night Live amidst a controversy surrounding the racial make-up of the cast. Zamata, who is black, was no doubt chosen for reasons that go beyond her acting talent, which include co-starring in the ABC TV series Would You Fall For That? and becoming a cast member on the MTV show Hey Girl. The new SNL cast member graduated from the University in 2009 with a degree in Drama…

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Affirmative Action: Necessary or Outdated

On Wednesday, October 23rd, the Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge and Success (BUCKS) teamed up to co-sponsor a forum on the topic of affirmative action. In a spirited manner, many opinions were presented on whether affirmative action has relevance in our modern age.

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Minority Feminism and the White Tradition

Feminism is for Everyone (FIFE) hosted a student-led discussion in Monroe Hall on September 25 about “Sexual vs. Cultural Appropriation.” Despite colorful contributions from various points of view, the majority eventually placed the blame for the problem of exploitation on the white, male archetype and its apparent power over minorities and self-expression.

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Institutional Racism

When students came to UVA, we all had to fill out applications and paperwork. Among all these papers and web forms, there was a small series of boxes titled race/ethnicity. If you were like me, then you checked the box that you thought most applied to you. For me, that box was simply labelled ‘White.’ My father would later say that checking this box on my applications was a poor choice. He believed that it slightly hurt my chances of entrance into…

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