Lessons I Learned from Watching "Knock Down the House"

The film heavily focuses on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s triumph, so much so that the other three women who ran alongside Ocasio-Cortez seem to be merely footnotes in Ocasio-Cortez’s growing political career. Ocasio-Cortez is framed as the winner of the typical American relay race; the one where countless people build upon their successes and continue to pass along the baton until one person, deemed to be exceptional, crosses the finish line. The film did a great job of highlighting the team that transpired to carry Ocasio-Cortez to the finish line, but if all the women who ran had similar campaigns, stories of struggle and triumph, and arguably the same amount of zeal, why is Ocasio-Cortez the only candidate who won  a Congressional seat?

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Black Women Are Murdered, Too

In the wake of Nia Wilson’s death, Twitter saw a revival of the hashtag, #Sayhername. But, it is not enough to say her same. We must ensure that Nia Wilson is granted justice; we must ensure that the same circumstances that impacted her life will not be duplicated in someone else’s upbringing; we must ensure that Black lives, regardless of gender, are protected.

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Don't Tell Me to Smile: A Commentary on Harassment in the Service Industry

It has taken me three years to garner the courage to write about the harassment that I and other coworkers have experienced in the workplace. Now, imagine how many other service workers are well-acquainted with a Devonte. Then, think about all of the stories of harassment that are not being told. This is not only a commentary on the service industry but a call to action for the #MeToo Movement. I hope you hear us.


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