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Op-Ed | Grappling with systemic racism

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters raise their fists in solidarity at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street on June 13.

By Jack Daniel, Retired Pitt administrator

July 7, 2020

Jack Daniel, the first chair of Pitt’s Africana Studies department, says in an op-ed that we in America, and at Pitt, must confront an elephant in the room.

Letter to the Editor | Hold racist white women accountable

Letter to the Editor | Hold racist white women accountable

By Taylor Robinson, Rising Pitt Senior

July 7, 2020

Taylor Robinson argues in a letter to the editor that white women labeled as “Karens” are neither victims of cancel culture nor unprecedented times.

Editorial | Racism as reason: Black journalists aren’t biased

Two of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s prominent black journalists have been barred from covering protests in Pittsburgh following the killing of George Floyd.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

June 10, 2020

We’re appalled — though unfortunately, not shocked — by the racist behavior of Post-Gazette management.

Editorial: Rise in white nationalism fed by politicians

Najeeba Syeed, left, of Los Angeles, hugs Judy Gilliland, of Lakewood, California, during a news conference at The Islamic Center of Los Angeles on Friday, March 15. Muslims and people of all faiths came together in prayer at The Islamic Center of Los Angeles one day after the shooting in a mosque in New Zealand killed 50 people.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 17, 2019

In wake of the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, we’ve seen that such blatant refusals to admit the gravity of white supremacy and racism have a wider effect than just the United States alone.

Editorial: Pitt is no place for hate

More than a dozen swastikas were drawn in the snow on car hoods last January on Meyran Avenue.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 17, 2019

We’ve all heard slurs that target a wide range of ethnicities, religions, genders and sexual orientations. But there is no place for this kind of language at Pitt or in Pittsburgh.

Racial slurs found on car roofs in South Oakland

Pittsburgh's winter weather frequently frustrates commuters.

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 16, 2019

Racial slurs were found written in snow on car hoods in South Oakland Sunday night.

Editorial | GOP hard on King, soft on Trump

U.S. Rep. Steve King of Iowa during the annual American Conservative Union CPAC on March 3, 2016, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 16, 2019

The Republican leadership likely hopes their actions against King will be seen as a genuine stand against white supremacy, not something done when it is politically convenient. The GOP’s silence on Trump says otherwise.

Editorial: A royal wedding does not solve racism

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle Saturday, May 19. The couple holds the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. (Photo courtesy of Jane Barlow/PA Wire/Abaca Press/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

May 23, 2018

American actress Meghan Markle’s marriage to the British Prince Harry featured celebrity guests, beautiful decor and a well-dressed, smitten couple — staples of any royal wedding. But when Markle walked herself down the aisle May 19, viewers around the world knew something was different this time. Pe...

Pitt debates presence of Parran’s past

Gregory Dober, Adjunct Professor at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, gives an introductory presentation on Thomas Parran’s career at the “Thomas Parran, His Name, and His Legacy — A Symposium” panel. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Thompson Wymard | Staff Writer, Contributed reporting by Cassidy Power

March 30, 2018

Pitt graduate student union organizers have garnered more than 870 signatures to rename Parran Hall — the Pitt Public Health building named after the school’s founding dean who was involved in unethical medical experiments. But Thursday at a University-organized symposium discussing the legacy...

Shock over memes doesn’t mean much

(Illustration by Abigail Katz | Staff Illustrator)

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

February 2, 2018

When news broke last week that some members of Pitt College Republicans were participating in a private GroupMe that shared racist memes, headlines may as well have read, “College students say something racist — again.” A Twitter account called “Racists @ Pitt” published screenshots from the ...

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