Officially Fundraising!

Social Justice Exchange is officially raising money for the Fall semester. These funds will help us provide refreshments and compensation for people attending our events and panels. This money allows us to remain independent of St. John’s University so we can keep spreading our message of radical justice without censorship. This money allows us to…

The Psychology of Racism

“America is not a stranger to the issue of racism. With its history of African American slavery and segregation, America has come a long way since the more explicitly racist policies of our past, but racist ideals and biases are still going strong today. These ideals and biases help create a more subtle, systemic racism,…

Portrait of an SJU Leader

Hey, Johnnies! Today is the day we vote for our 2017-2018 student government. I got the awesome chance to interview Tahmir Williams, candidate for VP and president of our chapter of the NAACP. Read it under the cut and don’t forget to vote!

Portrait of a Millennial: Part 1

Portrait of a Millennial¬†will be a new series featured on the website where we interview other students around the world about race, religion, dating, education, homophobia, sexism, and much more. We’ve been getting ready for a while now to put this content out into the world and we really hope you enjoy it.

International Women’s Day Statement

While I, as a non-binary identifying person, have a really hard time connecting to my own sense of womanhood, the people around me still view me and treat me as they would a woman. Thus, I understand the oppression. Being treated like I don’t know as much; like I can’t go as far; like I…

Food Desert Lesson Plans

On Wednesday morning I was called into my old junior high school to teach a few classes. I’d done that a few times before and it’s always a pleasure to get to talk to young students about how they can make a difference in the world. I was unsure of what to discuss with the…

Why Conservative Immigration Reform Doesn’t Work

Since Trump was elected president, I’ve been hearing a lot of conversations about his wall, deportations, and undocumented citizens in general. People claim that this wall would keep Mexican people out; that deporting undocumented citizens works and that we only deport undocumented criminals; that these criminals depress wages and take American jobs; and that all…

What Do Anti-Black Oppression and Racism Look Like?

We were given a prompt in my feminist philosophy course: define oppression and discuss how one or more groups are affected by it. I decided to write about the general oppression of black people in the United States, and also went a bit deeper into how black women, especially, are affected by stereotyping, biased media,…

Is the Free Market a Good Thing?

I had the pleasure of getting to hear Dr. Christian Nasulea speak about the free market system vs¬†communism and socialism in Romania. I’ve been a big critic of capitalism and the American free market system for a while now, and that is based in my understanding of the fact that capitalism is built upon people…

What Can Laundry Commercials Tell Us About Gender Roles?

For my gender and pop culture course, we’ve been looking at some Tide commercials and breaking them down to see what they say about feminity and masculinity. We have been discussing hegemony, ideology, and the performing of gender. We were asked to write a short essay on how we think certain ideas of gender play…

Are We a Christian Nation?

Last semester I took a philosophy class based on constitutional law. Because of the political differences surrounding this most recent election, I decided to focus on the political divisiveness of the U.S. and how the separation of church and state plays into some ideological differences. You can read it under the cut.