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We cannot consider ourselves residents of Durham by default and neither should we pretend that, when we “pop the bubble,” we are not representatives of this University and its complicated history.
Despite centuries of violence and erasure, Native Americans are reclaiming their narrative and calling upon allies to amplify Native voices and stories about Indigenous resistance and resilience.
Because to do all that we can to “solve” the climate crisis is to embody the values we praise and to realize the world we want to live in: one that cares about people and planet, profits be damned.
The decision to allocate space (or not) to student groups, the design of our living spaces, the donations given to certain construction projects but not others, the defacement of cultural spaces, the threats against those that ask for recognition—these are the markers of a University steeped in “white supremacy and cultural imperialism.”
With this rebranding and clarification, we see an opportunity not only to continue our mission of enriching dialogue and holding our campus accountable, but also to expand the breadth of perspectives and issues included within The Chronicle’s pages.