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Jonathan L.

…I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am a nameless faceless generation rising up from the depths of “teenage complacency.” I am the rich man sipping his wine on a summer afternoon in the Bahamas, and I also am the poor homeless women that gets passed by millions of people each year who don’t want to know that she exist. I am all the mistakes from the past, the franticness of the present, and the beauty of potential in the future. I am intelligence wrapped up into a cocoon of stupidness. I am stupidness surrounded by an uncountable amount of peers with more wisdom than this world can handle at one time. I am justice when unfairness is the only thing available, I am unfair. I am contradiction, hypocrisy, and redundancy. I am what people say I shouldn’t be. I am an agape lover, a helpless romantic, a passionate leader. I am no one, and at the same time I have to be someone. I am Jonathan Lykes…

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Examining The Politics of “Throwing Shade” in the LGBTQ Community: Why Hurt People— Hurt People & Is Shade Necessary?

In the LGBTQ community there is something called “throwing shade.” A colloquial term used to describe instances when one individual verbally and offensively altercates another. I am not interested in the shade itself, but moreso the reasoning as to why this experience is so common among interactions between youth of color in the LGBTQ community. […]

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Dialectic Thought and Contradictions: There Aint No Post-Racial Society & there Aint No Black and White

Throughout the discourse in the social meaning, experience and consequence of race, we come to understand that everyone sees race through a social lens or paradigm. Generally the lens that one chooses will serve as a function that works toward the social and economic advantage of that individual. However, what one must not forget is […]

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Walmart, A Poor Persons Struggle and Black Friday Labor Protests

In light of the recent protest at Walmart last black Friday. I think it is appropriate to revisit the Walmart debate. If there is ever a battle between big business and everyday citizens struggling for their labor rights, I will always be on the side of those who are struggling for a better life. As […]

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When White People Cross the Street and Black Collective Consciousness

During College Orientation week in my first year at University of Chicago, the students had “forums” that were geared towards opening discussions about the various views on race, gender, and political background. In one of these sessions, this question was posed, “If you see a black man walking towards you at night, would you cross the street?” I of course was […]

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A New America in the Age of Two Term Obama(?), Lorraine Hansberry and the Social Meaning of Race

So this past week we all voted and made the decision to re-elect Barack Obama. (Woot-Woot!) However, now that he is re-elected I am lead to think about two things. The first: how will those of us who care about the issues of the poor put pressure on the president to make it a priority […]

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November 7th: A Time to Critique, Hold Accountable, and Judge Everything the President Should Have Done in the Past Four Years

As I voted earlier this week in the presidential race (for only the second time in my life) I thought about all the critiques I have for the current president. I also thought about when we need to do this. And I think the appropriate day would be on November 7th, the day after the […]

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The Politics of Image: Barack Obama & the Future of Blackness + Poverty

In an elementary school on the south side of Chicago children participate in recess as a new phrase surfaces. Anytime a student does anything disruptive on the playground, a teacher will shout out to them and say “would Barack do that”? Anytime a male student disrespects a female student, another teacher will yell out, “would […]

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..Because I was a Black Kid: Affirmative Action and Acceptance into a Top Tier University

This year the News and world report university rankings came out and my facebook page filled up with the responses to the list of “top universities.” My University placed higher than it ever had before, 4th place, and made my classmates feel as though their academic rigor was finally being recognized. However, I didn’t and […]

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How to Come Out to Granny When She Thinks Your “Lifestyle” is Deviant

I was able meet Keith Boykin and hear him offer some encouraging remarks and speak about a new anthology called for Colored Boys Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Not Enough. A story that stood out to me from his speech was about his grandmother, who apparently told a man he was dating that […]

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As Debates Roar, There Are Children Singing of Freedom

They. Sing. With voices strained. They. Dream. With eyes crusted on both sides. And of debates where solutions. To problems don’t get fumbled. By headlines of those who dropped. Or picked up. The right and wrong vernacular tones. Or Concepts. That only legitimize. Failing systems that ignored. My Grandmother. Me. And hopefully not my children.

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