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Staff picks: Our Black heroes

Steven Keehner, Sam Lauria, Cindy Mizaku, and Fanni Frankl February 20, 2021
#OPINION: The opinions editors at The Statesman describe Black figures who inspire them.
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Oreoluwa speaking at the Black Lives Matter protest on Oct. 21, 2020 at Stony Brook University. RABIA GURSOY/THE STATESMAN

Campus NAACP chapter president focuses on supporting her Black peers

Maya Brown February 18, 2021
To Oreoluwa Adewale, Black Lives Matter is more than another hashtag or a movement. It is about being allowed to be Black without exception. 
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A group of students hold posters as they march around campus in support of the Black Lives Matter protests last fall. RABIA GURSOY/STATESMAN FILE

Whitewashed history inhibits us from learning about the past

Matt Venezia February 17, 2021
#OPINION: One of my favorite subjects in high school was history... Looking back now, it was very obvious from the textbooks I read or lessons I learned that “American” meant “white.”
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The fight for equality inspires champions of change in the sports community

The fight for equality inspires ‘champions of change’ in the sports community

Amaya McDonald February 16, 2021
Following the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer of 2020, athletes have become noticeably more vocal when it comes to addressing systematic and systemic racism in the United States.  
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Local residents of Freeport gathered on June 7, 2020 to march for the Black Lives Matter protests. MAYA BROWN/THE STATESMAN

Defund the police because society should reassess our values if Black lives really matter

Maya Brown February 16, 2021
#OPINION: Every time I see a blue lives matter flag wavering in the wake of a cruel Black death, my stomach begins to compress. I cannot help myself from tracing down the complicated, yet broken system that is law enforcement in this country.
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Mental health spelled out in Scrabble letters. PUBLIC DOMAIN

SBU panel delves into mental health barriers for the Black community

Niki Nassiri February 15, 2021
Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management hosted a panel discussing the stigmatization of mental illness in the Black community on Feb. 11. 
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“Does it surprise me? No”: Members of the SBU community comment on lack of Black memorialization

Steven Keehner February 13, 2021
Of Stony Brook University’s 64 named buildings and spaces, only four Black historical figures; Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, Jimi Hendrix, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman are memorialized, according to a list compiled by the university’s archivist.
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A group of students hold posters as they march around campus in support of the Black Lives Matter protests last fall. RABIA GURSOY/STATESMAN FILE

Instagram account features Black student narratives to show that Black Lives Matter

Maya Brown February 13, 2021
2020 was a milestone year for racial unrest and protests. During the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, one student at Stony Brook University made it their mission to show the racial unrest within the campus community. 
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USG President Huntley Spencer at the Stony Brook University Black Lives Matter protest and rally on Oct. 21. USG is RABIA GURSOY/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook USG reckons with the passing of Black icons during Black History Month initiative

Lajiere Blake February 13, 2021
As the Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life, Maia Gomis is one of the brains behind the Stony Brook Undergraduate Student Government’s new Instagram series, which is posting tributes to Black icons who have passed away recently.
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Official cover The Bigger Picture by Lil Baby. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Rap continues to empower and push discourse around race relations in America

Catalina Benavides February 13, 2021
Rap music today reflects the messages of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Rappers have used their platforms and lyrical talent to express to their audiences that the fight for equal rights for the Black community is not over. 
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Protestor at a Black Lives Matter rally in Freeport, NY on June 7, 2020. MAYA BROWN/THE STATESMAN

What it really means to be an ally

Justin Chassin February 13, 2021
When we break it down, productive allyship is a continuous process of three qualities: perspective, learning and action.
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