Submitting to Exploring Race

Exploring Race aims to uplift the experiences of BIPoC students by publishing their stories. Furthermore, we seek to create a critical, radical, and anti-racist framework for a discussion about race and identity.

If you would like to be a contributor, we welcome your submissions, in any form, whether it be written, drawn, or otherwise.

Exploring Race reserves the right to publish submitted pieces at our own discretion. We will only consider writers and pieces that align with our Identity Politics. As such, pieces on Exploring Race should not be written as an appeal to whiteness or other oppressive frameworks. Contributors and pieces should show demonstrated interest in an active and ongoing discussion of race. 

All pieces submitted will be edited with the intention of making the piece as best as possible. Contributors should be ready to make changes when necessary and open to collaborating with editors. 

Submission Requirements

Your pitch should outline the experience that you want to describe, and explain why you are writing, drawing, etc about it.

 

It should include:

  • The main point of your piece (this can be an argument, or a personal experience with a broader main message)

  • Your "reasons"- if you are writing about a personal experience, how did this experience make you feel and why does it matter to you? 

We will get back to once you we have reviewed your pitch. If your piece is chosen, an editor will be assigned to work with you along the way. 

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Pitches to Get You Writing

  1. Asian American attacks: The recent attacks against the AAPI community have exposed the long-standing bigotry and anti-Asian racism from people, institutions, and policies in our country. Asian Americans have held a unique position in our country’s discussion of race as both a group with proximity to whiteness and one whose struggles have largely been ignored or overlooked in the media. Write an essay about your perspective of these attacks or the forces that you believe contribute to the stereotyping or disregard towards the AAPI community.

    1. Can be a personal essay from an AAPI person or it can be an opinion about current events. Feel free to write about something more tangentially related to the attacks: media response to the attacks, the increasing education about Asian Americans (or lack thereof) since the attacks, our country’s role in these attacks, Asian-American invisibility in the media, etc.

    2. Black-Asian solidarity has been a development stemming from these attacks as well. We welcome personal essays or opinions about the extent of Black-Asian solidarity in the aftermath of the attacks or a commentary about historical tensions between the two racial groups or with any other racial group in this country.
       

  2. Free Speech: A recent article came out revealing that four UChicago professors have created an organization to “protect academic freedom.” Their mission is, in essence, to combat the negative effects of “cancel culture” on campus. One professor was quoted saying, “There is increasing pressure coming from those who consider themselves woke. They are very sensitive to what anyone says on matters of race, for example.” Do you think that this is an issue that is pervasive? Is it justified? Who should be the ones to decide this? Comment about your opinion about cancel-culture in relation to “matters of race.” This can be a response to this organization or an opinion about your understanding of the existence/importance of cancel-culture in the classroom or around campus. 
     

  3. Interviews: Interview a faculty member who is doing something interesting relating to race! It might be helpful to think about different events, organizations, projects, etc. that are happening around campus that intersect with race and find people within those groups that are willing to share their work.

Editorials

News

  1. In light of the recent Atlanta hate crimes, much discourse has re-arisen about where Asian Americans and Asian immigrants stand in conversations about race. Contextualize these events in the boundaries of the UChicago community: where have AAPI students historically stood in campus political activism and racial discourse? Consider whether the hate crimes have changed attitudes toward AAPI individuals in campus discourse. If so, how? If not, why not? Some good resources to start this article might be: PanAsia Solidarity Coalition, Sensasia, and AAPI cultural associations. 
     

  2. Paul Alivisatos (AB ‘81) was recently named the new University President and will be transitioning into his new role in September 2021. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Alivisatos was the executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of California at Berkeley, where he “supported new initiatives to increase diversity in the undergraduate and graduate student body and achieve greater faculty and leadership diversity. He also has been deeply engaged in issues of free speech and social justice.” Drawing on former University presidents, their time in office, and Alivisatos’ time at Berkeley, try to describe a potential trajectory for the UChicago community. What might an Alivisatos presidency mean for the UChicago community? Considering Alivisatos’ former commitments to social justice and diversity, how might his time in office differ from his predecessors’? 
     

  3. According to a Guardian article from early February, “despite Black people only accounting for 30% of Chicago’s population, Black Chicagoans make up 60% of all Covid-19 cases.” As vaccine rollouts continue across the nation, consider the University and South Side communities: what longstanding inequalities are there standing in the way of vaccine distribution? How do they disproportionately affect the marginalized communities surrounding the University? Are there attempts to assuage these inequalities or to dampen their effects on vaccine access, on the University, local government, or state government levels? If so, are they effective?