Cape Coast

My fresh ink represents going back to your roots But they could never imagine how hard that is When a tattoo begins to itch It represents the coming permanence As I travel back to the root of the diaspora To the castles that started it all Cape Coast Castle: A Seat of Government Built on…

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Diasporic Tendencies

You can’t place my face, can you? I mean, the skin tone kind of provides some insight, but my place of origin? A muddy lake of confusion and diasporic mystery. My junior year of high school, someone remarked that I had “Cherokee” eyes (wtf). When I was fourteen, someone complained that “Black people are so…

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8 Types of People to Avoid on Cross Campus

New Haven is warming up, and what used to be the blissfully unpopulated shortcut through cross campus is turning into a stereotypical quad on the cover of a college brochure. While seeing everyone act as if they’ve never seen the sun before can be endearing at first, within ten minutes cross campus becomes a minefield…

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Stop Disenfranchising My Friends, Yale

by Jeffrey Niedermaier Last fall, I went to testify before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) about the work that I do as a graduate teacher in the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department at Yale University. Teachers in my department wanted to form a union. Yale opposed us. Through their hours of questioning, Yale’s…

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