The Rapidian

Racism

HQ youth are unrelenting, brave: My experience as an HQ Drop-In Supervisor

by (michellejokischpolo)

Submitted 04-01-2016 under OPINION

It was the smack dab middle of December, and I found myself plopped on the floor of this crisp brand new building which still carried the smell of fresh paint, attempting to paint a sixteen year old’s toenails. She was getting ready to attend...

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Grand Rapids, time to get in formation

by (balexander)

Submitted 02-16-2016 under OPINION

After the Superbowl, none of us are talking about a game reminiscent of flag football. We are talking about a video that dropped a day before the game. We are talking about the powerful performance that reinforced that existence of that video. We...

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Women of Color Cook Eat & Talk: How white allies can help undo racism

by (OKT)

Submitted 02-02-2016 under NONPROFITS

Our Kitchen Table (OKT) is merging two of its mainstay event series, "Cook, Eat & Talk and Women of Color Convenings" into one series offered quarterly during 2016. "Women of Color Cook, Eat & Talk" ...

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Environmental concerns reflective of racial inequity

by (prfcgr)

Submitted 01-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

Water is a natural resource that, in the developed world, we often take for granted. On a daily basis, most people in the United States do not question whether or not their drinking water is safe. In Grand Rapids, most people don’t think about...

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State of the State: Public Act 4 Must Go

by (balexander)

Submitted 01-24-2016 under OPINION

I’m parched – but it’s not because I’m living in a place like Flint where I must pay for polluted water while also purchasing clean water for consumption – it’s because I read the Governor’s State of the...

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Co-founder of Black Lives Matter to speak at GVSU, simulcast in downtown Grand Rapids

by (Brianna Pannell)

Submitted 01-19-2016 under NEWS

On Wednesday, January 20, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) will host Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization that began in 2012. Cullors is based from the Los Angeles area and is known as a freedom...

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Conversations with young people about race must go beyond respectability

by (balexander)

Submitted 01-19-2016 under OPINION

I’m tired of writing about race. The idea that I have to continuously educate the world on a socialized and institutionalized structure that impacts my existence pains me; the fact that I have to find a nice way to make people care about it...

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Ending racism means elevating voices of color

by (prfcgr)

Submitted 11-23-2015 under NONPROFITS

At the national stage, we are seeing student activists stand up and speak about the challenges they are facing within the institutions they occupy. The challenges faced by students of color within post secondary institutions was brought to the...

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Calls to boycott Fannies Corner follow alleged attack of customer

by (Siangani)

Submitted 11-17-2015 under NEWS

"Boycott Fannies""No justice No money""We will not tolerate disrespect""Justice for Renee" These were the chants coming from local residents gathered outside of Fannies Corner Store (725 Eastern Ave SE) near...

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Public Library to host #RacisminGR discussion

by (averym92)

Submitted 11-10-2015 under NEWS

The fourth part of the community discussions about race in the Grand Rapids community will be taking place at the Grand Rapids Public Library Main Campus downtown. The discussion will be starting at 6:30 on November 16 and is free and open to...

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