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Tippit Middle School in Texas calls racial harassment of student inappropriate, but not bullying

A Texas middle school is being criticized for failing to take the opportunity to properly handle racism in its student body by a parent. Robert Ranco, a civil rights attorney, says that his 12-year-old daughter was subject to multiple instances of racial harassment by her classmates and the school responded with a half-measure. Ranco told Huff Post that his daughter was called an ape and was subject to being whipped with garbage at Tippit Middle School. He found out about the first incident when she text him with a question.

Harvard retracts admissions of applicants who founded obscene group chat

If gaining acceptance into Harvard College is one of the highest accomplishments in academics, is losing your admission one of the lowest? It likely feels that way for a group of students admitted into the class of 2021 who then lost their spots after founding a group chat plastered with racist and sexually explicit memes. 

Zuckerberg tells Harvard grads to create more jobs in the age of automation

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, returned to Harvard University to get the degree he left behind when he dropped out nearly 12 years ago. At the age of 33, Zuckerberg is the youngest person to deliver the commencement address at the Ivy League university. And he used this opportunity to speak to his fellow millennials about the future.

Students win offensive awards at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School

Parents of students at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School have come forward with stories about receiving offensive awards from a teacher. Sydney Caesar says her award says, “Most Likely to Blend in with White People.” Now, Lizeth Villanueva received one that declared “Most Likely to Become a Terrorist,” according to Fox 26 Houston

Harvard student Obasi Shaw turns rap album in for thesis project

No more are the days of handing out mixtapes from the trunk of your car. Welcome are the days of finessing Ivy league faculty members into listening to your rap album for a grade. Obasi Shaw has done the unthinkable – unless you’re him. He turned in a 10-track rap album entitled “Liminal Minds” for his thesis at Harvard University. Shaw, an English major, used his love of the art form to merge classic literature and poetry with influences from Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar. 

Hickory Ridge High School student banned from own graduation over dress code violation

Back in my day, school dress code violations were meant to keep us from wearing jeans that were either big enough to swallow us whole or so tight that you spent 10 minutes taking them off. Today, they’re apparently meant to keep students from attending their own graduation. NBC Charlotte reports that a senior at Hickory Ridge High School, only identified as Summer, won’t be able to attend her own graduation because of a dress code violation that’s been mishandled from the start. 

Notre Dame graduates walk out during Mike Pence commencement

It may be time for Vice President Mike Pence to stop showing up where he isn’t wanted. If being called out by the cast of Hamilton was bad enough, he recently joined the ranks of politicians being booed and ignored while delivering commencements for college graduates.

While Pence was delivering the commencement at the University of Notre Dame and receiving an honorary degree, dozens of graduates stood up and walked out of the ceremony. 

Reading came first: how I journeyed from hotep to Black queer feminist

By Myles E. Johnson

“Solitude can be a must-be-desired condition. In silence, we listen to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.” – Maya Angelou

The search, as it were, began in wanting to deep-dive into something that was about me, and it began early. I wanted a nappy-headed God. I wanted a history dipped in tar, baby, and I wanted to know about political leaders with Jackson 5 nostrils. This history was not being served to me anywhere, so I reimagined my middle-school classes as spaces for me to find this new world where I was the sun, where I was centered. While my teacher taught the day’s arithmetic, I was slowly, quietly being radicalized by the contents of books. With each page turn, a bomb exploded, and a window was being opened, and nobody was any the wiser.

The authors that I discovered–including Alex Haley, Frederick Douglass, and WEB Dubois–are part of what guided my 13 year-old brain into the place it is currently, and where it is developing into. However, I had a desire for something that made sense of the world I was occupying the way religion does for a new initiate.

Black students given detention for wearing box braids

Black students are still getting in trouble for wearing Black hairstyles.

The latest example of this negatively-received approach comes from Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe reports that parents have come out to pushback against the school’s attempt to punish students for wearing box braids.