Crimson staff writer

Shireen Younus

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If I Was White

If I was white, I would be allowed to belong. I wouldn’t be a person stretched across oceans. I wouldn’t be a person stretched across ideas. I would be able to claim this country and its politics.

Columns

Where are the Communists?

Minorities are expected to be moderates, reaching across the aisle to those who don’t even respect their humanity.

Columns

And Then, Silence

Any life lost is a life worth mourning, remembering, and fighting for. But this lack of empathy has to be acknowledged, because it has very real consequences.

Columns

I Want to Wear Churiyan Again

I do not need to fit a space that already exists, and that may not be large enough for everything that is me.

Columns

The Myth of American Diversity

The promise of American diversity is contingent on assimilation to whiteness. It’s contingent on people of color contorting their identity and beliefs to fit this narrative. Those who push back are pushed out.

Columns

This is How To Be Other

Being other is about making sure that your otherness doesn’t inconvenience or threaten those around you. It is not about speaking up and demanding space and humanity. After all, what sense would that make?

Op Eds

I Am Not a Moderate Muslim

The term “moderate Muslim” assumes that being Muslim isn’t enough. That being Muslim is threatening.