Every day during quarantine, I’d start my morning with a cup of coffee and an hour or so of reading. This quiet and gentle morning routine allowed me to read 37 books (listed at the end) from March to December, ranging in genres from fantasy to memoir to non-fiction theory. I know it’s a cliché to say that reading has the power to transport you, but it’s true. And there has never been a better time to be transported than when you’re trapped in your 600 sq. ft. apartment for months on end. While there appears to be some light…


Annie Flanagan for the New York Times

In a disturbing and eye-opening piece for the New York Times, Erica Green and Katie Benner expose the abuse and exploitation of Black families by Michael and Tracey Landry within T.M. Landry College Preparatory School. With painstaking detail, Green and Benner offer stories of underqualified teachers, doctored transcripts, fabricated college application essays, physical abuse, and broken dreams for the predominantly Black, low-income students who attended this private school in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. When taken together, these stories paint a picture of cult-like abuse and manipulation of a community. …


Not like this.

I’ve been called racist before. It was back during George Zimmerman’s trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin when his lawyer opened with a knock-knock joke. I tweeted, sarcastically, something to the effect of “that’s just perfect that his lawyer opened with a joke.” The problem is that there’s no sarcasm font, so my tweet was perceived as flippant and someone called my racist.

While race has always been a persistent issue in this country, the extra spicy rhetoric that came along with Trump’s presidential run and election has turned up the heat and more of us find ourselves getting…


The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Kennedy’s retirement has left uncertainty about the fate of Roe v. Wade and women’s rights to safe and legal abortion. However, some are predicting that Roe v. Wade won’t be overturned but instead gutted. The decision prevents states from placing an “undue burden” on women seeking access to abortion services, but fails to specifically define what is considered an undue burden. …


It’s the “you can’t sit with us” heard ‘round the world. As the Trump Administration brazenly tears families apart, detains them, then deports them often to their deaths, the public is beginning to respond in any small way they can that these policies — and the people who enact them — will not be tolerated.

Last Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen was met with protest when she attempted to dine at a Mexican restaurant. Later that week, the owner of a Virginia restaurant asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave at the request of her staff, some…


I called the cops once. I was walking home from work, in the wrong place at the wrong time, and someone starting shooting in my general direction. I ran, hid in a doorway, and called 9–1–1. I couldn’t provide the operator with a description of the suspect, so she couldn’t help me. I’m not sure what I was hoping for when making this phone call, anyway. I was just scared and calling the police felt instinctual and right in the moment.

Over the past few weeks, story after story is surfacing about white people calling the police on black people…


Millennials are at it again — stomping all over free speech with their snowflake fragility, mob mentality, and avocado toast eating. Old people everywhere are penning thinkpieces, “trying” to understand why young people hate freedom so much. Well wonder no more because Gallup interviewed over 3,000 college students, who definitely thought it was the Postmates delivery guy calling, and asked what was more important to them: a diverse and inclusive society or protecting free speech rights. Almost 53 percent of respondents chose diversity over free speech, most of whom self-identified as women, black, and/or democrats.

See! The old people were…


Have you ever wondered if you — regular, every day white woman — are a part of a coalition of garbage white women who are destroying this country? I do. All the time, actually. I’d say a maximum of 35% of us aren’t garbage. And if you’re thinking, “well me and all the white women I know aren’t garbage,” 1) you’re probably wrong and 2) maybe you’re not. But we tend to hang out in garbage/non-garbage clusters, so it’s either all of you or none of you. …


Full time Chicago Booth professor and part time Matrix villain, Luigi Zingales, recently held a town hall to defend his invitation to Steve Bannon to speak at the university. Under the increasingly common assumption that all white men have something nuanced and interesting to add to long-settled “debates,” students and faculty watched as he offered his hottest takes on why we should all spend more time listening to white supremacists. Though I didn’t attend because literally anything else would have been a better use of my time, the Sun Times provided some of his best quotes from the occasion. …


In December, House Republicans proposed a set of reforms that would drastically change the structures of student borrowing and repayment. The legislation includes reducing the number of options for loan repayment, limiting loan forgiveness on income-driven plans, raising required monthly payments, ending unlimited borrowing, and ending public sector loan forgiveness. These changes intend to address the ever-growing student loan debt, which currently sits at 1.48 trillion dollars spread between 44 million borrowers, by increasing repayments and limiting the amount students and parents can borrow in the future.

While many would agree that federal student loan debt is a crisis that…

Anne Gunderson

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