Our Identity Politics 

Our identity politics are our collective values as a magazine, and dictate how we make our decisions, ranging from what we publish to who is part of our team.

  • We do not reinforce racial stereotypes or racist structures. We see this aim to be not-racist as a basic and fundamental move-- but we believe that simply being non-racist is not enough. We aim to create a new framework for the discussion of race that is deliberately critical, radical and anti-racist.
     

  • We have limited capacity for undefined opinions on race in our team and our published pieces. While we understand that uncertainty is natural, and we hope to encourage discussion in other spheres, ambiguous opinions from our writers cause insurmountable ethical dilemmas in our editing.
     

  • However, we acknowledge that people should have autonomy over their own beliefs, and we therefore encourage individuals to reflect on and come to terms with their own identity politics in their own time. For this purpose, we have created a resource page in the hopes of directing readers to other sources of information about race.
     

  • We challenge the notion that being anti-racist in our politics pits us against values such as freedom of speech and diversity of opinion. This is a typical narrative against BIPoCs, and is a reductive and weaponized notion of liberalism. By no means are we an organization with a monolithic voice-- but we recognize that in order to allow for true diversity of opinion, we must start from an anti-racist basis which partly entails uplifting BIPoC voices on campus.

  • We are not an educational resource. The BIPoC stories on our website are published to provide a platform for BIPoC experiences, not for the sake of educating ignorance. We see this as exploitative, and as replicating the emotional, mental, and intellectual labor placed upon BIPoC’s on campus to educate their peers on “diversity.”

  • We are intersectional; we treat race as an issue that intersects with a myriad of other aspects of one’s identity. We don't curtail our judgement of an issue based solely on race, and we do not accept or condone “-ism’s” (including but not limited to sexism, classism, ableism).
     

  • We are not a reflection of the only experience regarding race. We aim to show that racial experiences are nuanced, and include both positive and negative experiences.

Exploring Race

A magazine run by and for students of color at the University of Chicago.