Where Can I Find a “Post-Racial America”?

Today, amidst the many posts surrounding Mizzou, I encountered a post that a friend of mine shared. In it contained screenshots of YikYak posts (informally known as the depths of racism in all college campuses) from Loyola University Chicago. So far, Loyola has been relatively untouched by the events, with exception to the Walk-Out Protest in solidarity that is being planned on Friday. 12208793_10203600181083490_1297347910840391789_n 12243479_10203600181243494_9140140835491568294_n

For those who cannot see, the comment under “black lives matter. period” is “#notheydont”.

This is a direct quote from the Loyola community. It was stated in anonymity, as most ignorant people do, because they understand that their words are hurtful, and believe that staying anonymous will keep them safe.

America prides itself on being a place where all individuals, regardless of skin color, gender, or sexual orientation, can live in a society where they will not be discriminated against, protected, and practice free speech. All of these rights are removed with one solitary threat. While freedom of speech applies to all citizens, those who want to stand in solidarity with Mizzou are bombarded with thinly veiled threats and insults, referring to us as “shitskins”.

We speak our mind, share our thoughts, and are told that we are irrational. Unjustified. How many times will we have to be called Nigger before we are acknowledged? How many threats will we receive?


Things I’ll Miss About Rome: Part 1

So, because I have insane jetlag and intense Rome-sickness, I felt the need to share the things I miss the most about la cittá eterna. I was definitely not expecting to miss it, considering I was so excited to be home! SO, for the next few posts, expect a lot of Rome.

One of the biggest things I will miss about Rome is the history of this city, so well blended with its modern touches.

Photo by Hannah Goheen
Monti Neighborhood Photo by Hannah Goheen

Though often times it seemed touristy, there is so much history EVERYWHERE. Art, architecture, people…even food has a bit of history thrown in there. Four months is not enough; I only made it through a layer. There is a saying in Italian about discovering Rome: “Una vita non basta Roma”, which means, A lifetime is not enough for Rome. It’s one of the most truthful things I’ve ever heard. Even leaving, I never got the chance to go inside St. Peter’s Basilica. There is so much of Rome left to see, and I can’t wait to go back and experience it.

One of my favorite pieces of history in Rome was (obviously) the Colosseum. It was built in 70-80 AD, and is still the largest amphitheatre in the entire world. It is partially ruined due to earthquakes and people not caring that it is an incredible slice of history, but it is the iconic image of Roma. When you think of the city, you think Il Colosseo.

Picture by Hannah Goheen
Picture by Hannah Goheen

People used to watch games and performances there. People just like us, engaging in community and social events, in such a vast, spacious arena.

The history is also vastly extensive, compared to America’s. In Italian times, America is a little baby. Though they have not been unified for long, Roman history has lasted since the beginning of civilization — Roman times even correspond to the birth and death of Jesus Christ.

How grateful am I to have seen one of the most influential dynasties and its work before my very eyes.

Ci vediamo,