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Still Rooting for Everybody Black

When asked who she was rooting for at the 2017 Emmys, writer, producer, actress, and fellow awkward black girl, Issa Rae replied with, “I’m rooting for everybody black.” Since then, the now iconic phrase has been headlined, memed, lyricized, printed on t-shirts, you name it.

In any award show season, it’s hard not to remember the words of Issa Rae. The Golden Globes are no different. But for an award show infamously known for its collusion, it’s getting hard to root for everybody black when hardly anyone is black. And while this may seem insignificant to some, as if but another notch on the bedpost of weirdo white supremacists, it once again illuminates the lack of, specifically, racial diversity cast on award shows, television, entertainment and art in general–especially the business side of it.…

Black Futures

By Erin Pace

Black History Month is a time of celebration as well as sorrowful remembrance. Growing up in the South, I spent my free time in February reenacting civil rights marches, singing We Shall Overcome, and winning poster contests for my magic marker renderings of Rosa Parks proclaiming ‘I’m not movin’!’. This year, I’m trading my poster for this article in The Oppy and my ancestors would be so proud. Let this article serve as a thank you to the Black business people of times past who paved the way. A few of them include: Alonzo Herndon, who was born in 1858 into slavery but later obtained success through his barbershops and became one of the first African American millionaires in the United States; Madam C.J.…

The Concept of Race and Its Relevance to Medicine

I began to wonder how relevant race identification is in providing competent healthcare to patients as I started reading “A Short History of the Race Concept by Michael Yudell. It’s a short, well-written chapter from Race and the Genetic Revolution that discusses the role science has placed in forming and redefining the idea of race in science through the 18th to 20th centuries. To summarize Yudell’s point, race is a socially-constructed concept without any biological meaning as evidenced by genomic sequencing, which was first discovered by Francis Collins and Craig Venter in 2000. 

Now to translate into English: all humans’ DNA is 99.9% identical, meaning we all have the same genes. …

White Fragility

To continue The Oppy’s active discussion on racism and white privilege, I wanted to focus on the concept of “white fragility” in this issue, from the perspective of a white female, and how it slows meaningful discussions, prevents our understanding of POC’s (people of color) experiences with racism, and is detrimental in social progress towards equality.

White fragility, a term coined by Robin DiAngelo, is a state where even a minimum of  racial stress becomes intolerable for a white person and therefore, triggers defensive reactions ranging from seemingly well-meaning to blatantly vicious behavior. Unfortunately, it is a common theme in our society, and it runs deep.…

Amplifying Voices: A Candid Conversation about Intersectionality

By Laura Gigliotti

On November 30th, the NYU Stern Women in Business (SWIB) Alumnae Group, in partnership with the Black & Latinx and LGBTQ+ Alumni Groups, hosted a virtual panel discussion about intersectionality. The panel was moderated by Tolu Odunsi, assistant dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the University at Buffalo School of Law, whose research and areas of interest include critical race theory. Panelists included Sabrina McCoy Griffin (BS 1980), senior consultant, Diversity & Inclusion, Jennifer Brown Consulting, Yesi Morillo Gual (NYU MS 2016) diversity & inclusion strategist, Proud To Be Latina and Yemaya, a recent graduate of Morehouse College and author of the forthcoming book, Resurgens: Becoming the Phoenix.…

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