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Crimson staff writer

Shireen Younus

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This Time, Let’s Do Better
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This Time, Let’s Do Better

They threw him on the ground. They held him down as one officer punched him repeatedly. He cried out for help. They responded with even more force.

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Living Through 'Punish a Muslim' Days

Being Muslim is knowing how to navigate, and survive, and thrive, even while you duck and dodge and jump.

Miles Away, Worlds Apart
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Miles Away, Worlds Apart

My cities are vibrant and real and brimming with so much potential. They aren’t ivory—they’re black and brown, and that’s even better.

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On Churches and Basements

It’s easy to forget how much diversity of faith and religious practice there is at Harvard. Unfortunately, you won’t find much conversation about religion here.

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The Case for Scrubbing Toilets

There is something humbling about putting Harvard aside to clean the toilet.

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About Pink

Because feminism isn’t about pink, not really. Yes, it can start with marches or hashtags. But it is about so much more.

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There’s Beauty Too

These moments show me that maybe I’m not always as other as I feel. That I am not so alone. These moments make my hijab home.

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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.

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Where are the Communists?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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