By Jeremiah Kim. There are moments that signal a clear fork in the road as we seek to find answers to life’s enduring questions. In the final days of college, I was putting together a senior thesis on James Baldwin and the Korean War, in which I had written, “I turn to Baldwin because he spoke out unequivocally against U.S. imperialism by drawing on the … Continue reading Toward Another America: The Moral Authority of the Black Freedom Struggle
By Nuri Yi. Young People and an Existential Crisis We live in uncertain times. Perhaps even more so in this particular moment, but maybe life always gives us much to wonder about: What is the meaning and purpose of our shared existence on this planet? What can we expect from life, and how are we meant to live? What do we deserve? Questions like these, … Continue reading The Crisis of Our Times: Climate, Capitalism, or Western Civilization?
By Brandon Do. “What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive and that love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go From Here Our lives reflect the instability of … Continue reading Black Power and King’s World House
By Emily Dong. When I was a student, I was involved in multiple ebbs and flows of social justice activism. From protesting a University healthcare fee and heckling Trustees, to shutting down campus roads on May Day and demanding no border wall — all took different forms and fought for different things, but all ended the same way: with limited results, and the students themselves … Continue reading For Young Activists, A Lesson from Nashville
By Michelle Yuan. I was queer. And when other people told me they were queer, I felt a tender pride for all of us. Together, I believed we were courageously transgressing constrained ideas of who and what a person could be. I was convinced we were the next wave of young radicals advancing the frontier of human development. I grappled with the question of my … Continue reading Queerness as Whiteness: Beyond Identity Politics
By Nandita Chaturvedi. Revolutions against oppressive governments of the 20th and 21st century have taken on two distinct forms. The first is what one usually imagines when the word ‘revolution’ is uttered: a violent take-over of the state by a revolutionary vanguard, as was the case with the Russian and Cuban revolutions. The second is a transfer of power to a mass organization that follows … Continue reading The Black Freedom Movement: Progressing Revolutionary Thought
By Brandon Do. It is easy for us to become trapped in a perpetual state of hopelessness and despair when we haven’t realized there is a great world beyond us and the responsibility to change it rests in our hands. We have yet to be awakened to our responsibility to eliminate injustice and false values. A culture of identity politics weaponized by the ruling establishment … Continue reading Ho Chi Minh Through the Eyes of Martin Luther King Jr.