'We Need Yale to Choose Us': Inside the Racial Tensions of the Ivy League

During the week of Halloween, Yale University’s Intercultural Affairs Council sent a campus-wide memo, appealing for students to be sensitive about their costumes. Days later, a faculty member opposed the minority conglomerate’s memo in a letter, invoking free speech. On Halloween Eve, a frat brother allegedly denied… »11/17/15 11:15am11/17/15 11:15am

Solidarity With Mizzou's Black Students Prompts 'Equality Bullshit,' 'Blafricoons' Yik Yaks at IU

A good rule of thumb for processing this unexpected, long-time-coming season of college students protesting the white bias built into the mainstream American university system: anyone who takes anti-racism protestors as more troubling than the racism they’re protesting probably has quite a bit of personal investment… »11/13/15 10:50am11/13/15 10:50am

University of Missouri Chancellor Second Official To Step Down

After massive outcry following the University of Missouri’s failure to respond to several racist incidents on campus, the university’s chancellor R. Bowen Loftin has announced he will transition out of the position. This comes just hours after the school’s president, Tim Wolfe, announced his resignation. »11/09/15 5:58pm11/09/15 5:58pm

There Are No Innocent Black People

Monday afternoon, video emerged of a white man approaching a small, black girl sitting in a classroom, noosing a thick arm around her neck, slamming her to the ground while she was still entangled in her desk, picking her up again, throwing her some distance across the room, and then again pinning her down. “Put your… »10/28/15 5:48pm10/28/15 5:48pm

Spring Valley High Police Officer Is Dating an 'African American Female,' So It's All Good

During a press conference today. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott addressed the public about the disturbing video out of Spring Valley High School where a white officer is seen pulling a student out of her desk, slamming her on the ground, dragging and arresting her. The young black woman is not seen resisting arrest… »10/27/15 6:07pm10/27/15 6:07pm

Maine Landlord Insists Signs Referring to Asian Mayoral Candidate as 'Ho Chi Chin' Are Not Racist

Welcome to Big Time Small-Time Dicks, a regular column on The Slot that explores local politicians, small-town scandals and everything else making life miserable on a local level. Know a small time person who is a big time dick we should feature? Email us. »10/20/15 10:10am10/20/15 10:10am

Wesleyan Student Government Retaliates for Dumb Op-Ed By Dramatically Slashing Newspaper Funding

Back in September, Wesleyan’s 147-year-old student newspaper the Argus published an op-ed criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement. The article, written by a sophomore, featured lines like “It is plausible that Black Lives Matter has created the conditions for [rioters] to exploit for their own personal gain.” It… »10/19/15 10:00am10/19/15 10:00am

California Passes Law Banning Teams From Using 'Redskins' Mascot

On Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that will officially ban public schools and athletic teams from using the word “Redskins” as a team or mascot name. The move is a lovely gesture, just in time for Columbus Day—a holiday that traditionally celebrates the slaughter of Native Americans—and it shows… »10/12/15 4:50pm10/12/15 4:50pm

Suspension Upheld Of 12-Year-Old Black Boy Who Stared At A White Girl

In September 2014, a 12-year-old black boy was suspended from a private Catholic school for “staring” at a white girl. The boy claimed that the two were engaged in a “staring contest,” and his parents took the dispute to court, hoping to have the suspension removed. Today an Ohio court ordered that it would instead be… »10/05/15 11:15pm10/05/15 11:15pm

South African Government in A Tizzy Over Cartoons of President's Dick

In the last three years, two political cartoons featuring South African President Jacob Zuma’s dick—both drawn by white male artists—have hung in Johannesburg galleries. And as dicks go, they’re respectable; President Zuma must be packing at least a modest treat. But the South African government is infuriated by this… »10/05/15 9:15pm10/05/15 9:15pm