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OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice

OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice

Mariyka O. Sich, Contributing Writer October 12, 2020
While most people start out with good intentions, many end up letting their emotions overrule rationality and participate in ugly internet wars. Oftentimes, these result in relationships with family members and friends being destroyed, along with any chances of employment. 
Tamara Barnard’s cousin, Botham Jean, was killed in his own home Sept. 6, 2018 by an ex-Dallas police officer. Photo provided by Tamara Barnard

‘Don’t be afraid to talk about race’: Racism in America and its impact on a Mercer student

Natalie Yaeger, Lead Lifestyle & Opinion Writer October 8, 2020
Tamara Barnard, a senior at Mercer University, lost her cousin Botham Jean to police violence in 2018. Now, she conducts research and activism advocating for anti-racism and police reform.
Derrick Buie attends the Equal Justice March and Vigil on Sept. 4 at Mercer University.

Students demonstrate against racism, police brutality in on-campus march

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor September 8, 2020
Approximately 400 Mercer students, faculty and staff marched through campus Sept. 4 protesting racism and police brutality in Mercer’s first Equal Justice March and Vigil. Afterwards, over 100 demonstrators gathered in Willingham Hall for a rally and vigil where protest organizers read the names of Black people killed in high-profile instances of police brutality and racism in efforts to raise greater awareness of racism in America.
Artist Joereal Numina paints a mural on the exterior wall of Indigo Salon on Coleman Avenue in 2017. The mural is named “Cultivating New Tones on the Spectral Stage of History.”

‘Absolutely unconscionable’: Macon art community blindsided as Mercer University paints over Black history mural

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor April 30, 2020
Numina was invited to paint the mural in 2017. Now that it was destroyed without his consent, he plans to pursue legal action under the Visual Artists’ Rights Act.
Professor Antonio Saravia (left) restates his argument as professor Chester Fontenot (middle) and student Genesis Cooper (right) listen.

Letter to the Editor: Faculty respond to Antonio Saravia’s debate points denying systemic racism

November 22, 2019

This is a letter to the editor submitted by members of the faculty at Mercer University. It does not reflect the views of The Cluster, Mercer University or faculty members not listed. Dear Mercer Community, A...

Professor Antonio Saravia (left) restates his argument as professor Chester Fontenot (middle) and student Genesis Cooper (right) listen.

“Being black in America is a constant pain”: Meeting held to address professor’s denial of systemic racism

Elizabeth Tammi, News Editor November 1, 2019

A meeting to address statements made by economics professor Antonio Saravia during an Oct. 23 debate was held in the Medical School auditorium on Oct. 28. The debate, titled “Is Social Justice Just?,”...

Proposed by Natalie Bourdon to the Mercer University’s Women’s and Gender Studies executive committee, the Applied Social Justice program will begin in the 2019 spring semester. Photo by Adayah Glymph.

New certificate program on Applied Social Justice to be offered this spring

Mandi DeLong September 11, 2018

Mercer students major in changing the world. While it’s a popular catchphrase on many of the signs across campus, here’s the real question: how do you change the world? That answer can be found in...

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