Cover Letter by Dib Qaub “Pickles” Lee

“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be antiracist” -Angela Davis

As the semester comes to a close and we are reflecting upon the events that had made the first portion of our 2019 on campus, I want us to have the words of Angela Davis embedded in our day-to-day life. But if you are a person of color on campus, then this would be irrelevant to you, because you are already putting this quote into practice.

I’ve had an alarming amount of people tell me they wanted to submit their story for this issue but are hesitant to or asked to be anonymous. It made me realize that we are burnt out from the constant exposure to trauma. There has never been a thought given to care for the mental health and well-being of people of color on this campus. It took a racist to go viral to even glance at the well-being of our mental health. This should never be acceptable.

With this issue, I wanted to take the dialogue away from “what can we do” but instead “how can we heal” because let’s be real, we have done what we can. This magazine is for us, which includes you, to share your story and to heal. My goal is that you find the selection of poems, stories, photos, etc. that relate to you or give you a sense of comfort during these times because let’s face it these times aren’t going to go away anytime soon.

 If you are white and reading this, I want you to do better. Effectively challenging racism is not just showing up to these rallies and marches, but it is what you do when no one is around that has the most change. It is when you’re alone with your roommates and they make an uncomfortable joke. It is when you are out partying, and someone says a slur in a song. It is when you refuse to be a participant in your family’s jokes against marginalized people. To those who are already doing this in their life, thank you but you really need to get your other friends on board.

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