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OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice

OPINION: Social media arguments are not social justice
October 11, 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. 

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

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
October 7, 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.

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

Derrick Buie attends the Equal Justice March and Vigil on Sept. 4 at Mercer University.
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.

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

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.”
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.

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

Professor Antonio Saravia (left) restates his argument as professor Chester Fontenot (middle) and student Genesis Cooper (right) listen.
November 21, 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...

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

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

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

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.
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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