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 are anti-racist and aim to create a new framework for the discussion of race that is deliberately critical and radical. Race and identity politics are evolving topics, and we seek to evolve with them.
     

  • We have a limited capacity for undefined opinions on race in our team and our published pieces. Ambiguous opinions from our writers cause insurmountable ethical dilemmas in our editing.
     

  • We acknowledge that people should have autonomy over their own beliefs. If you are interested in further exploring our identity politics, 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  diversity of opinion, we must start from an anti-racist basis which entails uplifting the voices of BIPoC on campus.

  • We are not an educational resource. The stories on our website are published to provide a platform for the experiences of BIPoC, 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, and colorism).
     

  • We are not a reflection of the only experience regarding race. We aim to show that racial experiences are nuanced, and highlight student activism about race on campus as well as the racist realities that students face.

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

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