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Opinion | Black people are not only for your entertainment

Opinion | Black people are not only for your entertainment

By Ashanti McLaurin, Staff Columnist October 12, 2021
I’m reminded that this surge of support toward the Black community is, yet again, just another instance of performative activism.
Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer, spoke at a Pitt Program Council event Tuesday night at the William Pitt Union.

‘Better world for our children’: Crump discusses injustice in America

By Punya Bhasin, Senior Staff Writer October 6, 2021
Pitt Program Council and the Black Action Society hosted civil rights lawyer Ben Crump on Tuesday night at the William Pitt Union. Crump discussed the difficulties Black people face in America and the ways people need to demand justice.
Opinion | You’re trying to solve big problems the wrong way

Opinion | You’re trying to solve big problems the wrong way

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Columnist September 8, 2021
Many people’s current reactions to the crises we face range from only mildly helpful to actively counterproductive.
The Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellences hosted Alicia Garza, the co-creator of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and the Black Lives Matter Global Network. During the event, Alicia Garza touched upon her experiences founding the movement, her current work maintaining diversity and equal access and her book “The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.”

‘Freedom dreams’: Alicia Garza discusses Black Lives Matter, new book

By Punya Bhasin, Staff Writer April 2, 2021
The Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence in Pitt’s law school hosted Alicia Garza, the co-creator of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, on Thursday evening.
Staff columnist India Krug is critical of Mayor Bill Peduto’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and his handling of policing in Pittsburgh.

Opinion | Vote Peduto out and Gainey in

By India Krug, Staff Columnist January 26, 2021
Peduto cannot be expected to give the Black Lives Matter movement the political agency it deserves. That is why it is imperative we focus on electing Gainey.
Under the trending hashtag #EndSARS, people are bringing awareness to police brutality in Nigeria.

Opinion | #BLM provides momentum for #EndSARS

By Ajani Powell, For The Pitt News October 30, 2020
Police brutality is not just an American problem, it is a frequent set of incidents that result from those in authoritative positions abusing their power.
Magnets and buttons for sale are displayed at the 2019 Pittsburgh Womens’ March.

Editorial | Stop commodifying activism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 9, 2020
When we turn to capitalism and start selling goods with funny taglines, it distracts from larger issues of politics and justice that need to be recognized and advocated for.
A protester holds a sign during a Civil Saturdays demonstration in response to Mayor Bill Peduto speaking with protesters outside his house.

Editorial | Mayor Peduto must radically support Black Lives Matter

By The Pitt News Editorial Board August 23, 2020
It’s time for Mayor Peduto to rise above performative activism and definitively demonstrate that he stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
W. Kamau Bell speaks at an event at Pitt on Jan. 17, 2017. Anna Bongardino|Staff Photographer

W. Kamau Bell talks social justice with Black Action Society, Pitt Program Council

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor July 17, 2020
As a stand-up comic, W. Kamau Bell has made a career around being funny — but that doesn’t mean he takes political issues lightly. The comedian went without pre-rehearsed jokes to talk to Pitt community members Thursday evening about making change on campus and in their city.
Redfishbowl Studios in Lawrenceville

Artist collective combines art and activism

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor July 8, 2020
Redfishbowl and its collaborating artists are leading other initiatives to raise money for Pittsburgh organizations dedicated to bailing out protestors and supporting Black and trans people.
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