Crimson opinion writer

Zoe D. Ortiz

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Breaking Our Silence

For the sake of the organization, we treat these problems like secrets and speak of them only in whispers.

Is Brown Beautiful? Illustration

Is Brown Beautiful?

Though it may be unfair to have to justify our feelings, thinking of love as a site for racial and ethnic justice can be productive.


​Our Cultures Are Not at Your Service

Support us first. Then ask us to introduce you to our worlds.


Not Latinx Enough

Those that seek to police or undermine this must be ignored because a Latinx identity is not something that fits into a box or a neat list of descriptors.


Check Your Allyship

Allies are cowards if they aren’t willing to risk just a sliver of what undocumented activists risk everyday to defend their humanity.


​Navigating Járvar University

I am tired of being overcome with emotion when, yet again, the administration refuses to acknowledge that my experiences are different because I come from an intersectionally marginalized background, and that no, we are not all homogenous privileged Harvard students.


​Living in a Machista World

There’s a way of preserving a sweet, Salvadorean, Mexican, or Latin American culture while getting rid of its painful, violent, oppressive components for the benefit of men and women yet to be born into it. There’s a way of rethinking our machista world.


​English Only, Please

If I don’t speak Spanish, I’ll lose it, and my children will lose it. The loss of mi cultura y mi historia is not worth your comfort, so I’ll continue to hablar en la combination de Español y Ingles que amo tanto.


The Forgotten Ones

We come up with answers for the problems we’ve diagnosed in the Latinx community. In our heads, we’re doing God’s work but, suddenly, the realization that we are the select few—the glowing brown chosen ones—comes crashing down on us. There’s no purpose in learning or scheming or brainstorming the best ways to help your community if you run so far away from them in order to do so.


​When Dreams Aren’t Enough

As an institution that places so much weight on where we will be post-graduation, and the ways we will choose, as alumni, to shape the world, Harvard is committing a disservice by ignoring the reality that not all students feel entitled to make the jump into a world of suits, high heels, social capital, and class.

Labor Column

El Pueblo Unido

I wondered if that girl would have sung a different tune if she could see her community reflected in the brown hands roughened from serving the privileged students at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.


Don't Close the Borderlands

The subtlety of this truth, of the lie that we don’t belong, is gone. People will say to our faces that our immigrant narratives, our lives on the borderlands, and our melanin are now worth questioning.


Dissent: ​Undocumented Students Deserve Better

Those students who are already vocal about their status can be traced through coverage they have received in the media, and the declaration of Harvard as a sanctuary campus will only reassure them of the University's commitment to them.


Whose Harvard?

A broken promise is seeing through the smoke screen of admissions pamphlets, looking at your browness in a mirror, and wondering whose Harvard you’ve been admitted into.


This Is My Country, Too

We will write. We will fight. We will protest. We will remind them that this is our country, too.