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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.…

White Apathy

November 7, 2020 was a day of change for the United States. A new administration that promotes equality, rather than discrimination, will take office on January 20, 2020. While this will hopefully lead to a move in a positive direction for equity in policies and the justice system, progress needs to occur in our society on a cultural and individual level. I have been reflecting on white privilege and its many facets. I started doing the 28-day challenge called Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad. The reflection process promotes people who identify as white to deliberate how they benefit from white privilege and harm POC with racist actions and thoughts.…

In the Fight: Community-Led Change in North Brooklyn

In the Fight North Brooklyn is a community activism group that began in 2019. Tobi and Chelsea, two of its founding members, joined the Oppy for a conversation on effective political engagement, protests in NYC, difficult conversations, and more. To learn more about In the Fight, check them out at https://linktr.ee/inthefightnbk or on social media @inthefightNBK.

Listen to the interview in its entirety below.


Mattia: Tell me about yourself!

Chelsea: Definitely, I can start. My name is Chelsea, obviously. I’ve been in New York City for about three years, currently located in Bushwick. I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve been involved in politics in different ways for a while.…

OppyArts Spotlight: Suhayb Zarroug

This article was written using excerpts from a recorded interview. To hear the interview in its entirety, please listen to the audio below.

Suhayb Zarroug is the modern embodiment of a Renaissance man. He coupled his experiences in art dealing, events, design, and creative consulting with strong marketing fundamentals and relationships. His latest venture is Novo Press, a publishing company that engages readers and supporters throughout the drafting process in an effort to connect networks of disparate freelance artists in the current landscape. 

This concept of purpose-driven publishing will be exhibited in Novo’s upcoming first edition featuring photography, poetry, and mixed media content focusing on personal encounters with climate change and “beautiful trash.”…

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