The suffocation of Blackness

Graphic by Sedley Normand. Living in Mississippi as an African American can leave you experiencing negative assumptions, different connotations, changing views and many perspectives. Even so, you always come back to one trait: your race. Your Blackness in life is inescapable but in predominantly white spaces, it can leave you...

Buzzwords do not equate to change

Diversity, equity and inclusion are buzzwords in today’s political and social landscape with every company, brand and organization setting up some sort of team or statement that addresses the issues that have been present for decades associated with these topics. This year marks the 60th anniversary of integration at the...

The power of perspective

As the 60th anniversary of the integration at the University of Mississippi continues, the University of Mississippi will celebrate, honor and reflect upon the legacy of James Meredith. This fall, the Overby Center is hosting a variety of events to commemorate what took place on this campus 60 years ago....

The impact of racism is far from over

Last week, during celebrations surrounding the 60th anniversary of integration at the University of Mississippi, many festivities focused on how the university was able to leave racism in the past and look forward to a brighter, more inclusive future.  Many events, articles, lectures and exhibits focus on the first African...

Why College?

EDITOR’S NOTE: Why college is a monthly column that explores the layered decision of pursuing higher education. It explains the dynamics that divide the conversation in many communities. In this installment, Opinion Editor Justice Rose interviews senior marketing major Palace Roby. Fundamentally, there may be something wrong with how we...

Self-Care isn’t selfish

Traditional American society is built around work ethic, ambition and paving your own way in life. The American Dream, right? This has long led to a decreased focus on health and self care, opting instead for longer work hours and guilty consciences. Growing up, we are taught that time spent...

Legal deserts in Mississippi

Mississippi politicians have a long history with legal practice. Many elected officials and lobbyists have prior experience in the legal field; however, the “Legal Deserts Index” found that Mississippi currently ranks 44th in the nation in lawyers per 1,000 citizens. For this reason, Mississippi is considered a “legal desert.”  Legal...

Diary of A Black Girl: Bre’Anna Coleman

EDITOR’S NOTE: Diary of a Black Girl is a monthly column focusing on the experiences of Black women at the University of Mississippi. In this installment, Opinion Editor Justice Rose interviews sophomore political science major Bre’Anna Coleman. Bre'Anna Coleman. Transitioning from Drew, Miss., to Oxford for my freshman year was...

What to make of the Jackson Water Crisis

Since late July, Jackson has been under a boil water notice. On Aug. 29, Gov. Tate Reeves gravely announced that Jackson would be without clean, running water indefinitely. In the following days, President Joe Biden declared the water crisis a federal state of emergency. The water pressure waned so much...

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