You didn’t ask for this, and neither did I

A Black mother and her two children

To the future Black daughters of the republic,

I want you to understand that to be a Black woman in America is to know struggle. It is to stifle all feelings of rage out of fear of being perceived as a trope. It is to be conscious of the spaces we choose to occupy.

For generations, Black women have been by ourselves, on the offensive fighting wars against sexism and racism. Prior to the passage of the nineteenth amendment, we have been treated like second-class citizens, reportedly undeserving of the same rights as our male counterparts. We were unable to…


The health of migrants at the Southern border is a bigger cause of concern than is currently realized

Irwin County Immigrant Detention Center/ New York Times

Race is a construct. We have all been told that countless times before. However, it is hard to ignore America’s relationship with race as our country engaged in a 246-year practice of slavery, followed by a century of de facto and de jure racial discrimination policies. The election of President Obama in 2008 was thought to have signaled that we were living in a post-racist society. However, if the election of Donald Trump in 2016 meant anything, we are the furthest from…


The story of Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur/ Beacon News

It comes as no surprise to learn that an antonym of liberation is confinement. And of course, it makes sense. One should not and cannot be considered free while shackled and bonded to an institution, or to something or someone else. What does one do when they are caught between these crossroads? One chooses liberation. One chooses to break free.

Facing a life sentence for murder, along with a slew of other crimes, JoAnne Chesmiard (otherwise and here on referred to as Assata Shakur)with the assistance of fellow members of the Black Liberation Army, escaped…


The character assassination of and lessons to be learned from Anita Hill’s testimony

Anita Hill during her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991.Credit…Paul Hosefros/The New York Times
Anita Hill during her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991.Credit…Paul Hosefros/The New York Times

Justice Clarence Thomas is known for his silence during oral arguments. Holding a modern record for silence on the bench, his voice was only heard behind his pen used to author conservative opinions. Thomas has since been lauded for his reserved demeanor as it has been viewed as a political strategy he invokes at length.

Invoking silence, however, is not a privilege that is afforded to all as Anita Hill would learn in 1991 when she became the focus of Thomas’s confirmation hearing.

Hill, a Black lawyer…

Rachel St. Louis

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