Content warning: This article discusses issues of violence against Asian Americans.
Atlanta mass shooting and surge in hate crimes leave Asian students grieving and reexamining anti-Asian past
Editor’s note: this article discusses topics of racism, hate crimes, and gun violence.
Police fatally shot a man on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Sunday afternoon after he opened fire near a crowd of hundreds gathered for a Christmas choral concert. It is not clear whether the man was shooting at people in the crowd, but no other injuries or fatalities have been reported....
Student organizers caution against ‘complacency’ under a Biden-Harris presidency, cite past support of mass incarceration
When mainstream media outlets first declared President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over his incumbent opponent Donald Trump early last week, community members and University affiliates flooded the streets of Morningside Heights to celebrate his victory. In the days following, students at Columbia have begun to reflect on Biden’s triumph with tempered enthusiasm, pointing to Biden’s carceral and foreign policy records as evidence of his disconnect with current activist movements and more progressive youth audiences....
The American Jewish community was attacked on Saturday morning. Just as Shabbat morning services were beginning, a man entered Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue and opened fire on the congregation, crying out, “All Jews must die!”...
University issues revision after initial statement on Pittsburgh shooting fails to mention Jews or anti-Semitism
The Office of University Life revised a statement of support in response to the recent shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, after the initial statement garnered widespread criticism from Jewish students and alumni for failing to recognize and condemn the anti-Semitic nature of the attack....
In my last column I wrote that in the face of chaos, like the mental health crisis on campus, we tend to cling to oversimplified narratives and look to unreliable centralized authorities for rescue. The narrative-building and unwarranted faith in authorities applies to our response to mass shootings as well. Whether it’s addressing mental health or preventing gun violence, individuals—not bureaucrats—can best effect change on campus....
Just days after the terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia, I woke up to a response from Barnard President Sian Beilock expressing her sadness and disdain for the events that had occurred. Following the tragic hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, I received an email from Dean Avis Hinkson about support systems offered by Barnard, in addition to a list of organizations that would benefit from student donations. Since I officially enrolled at Barnard last spring, I’ve received responses addressing the terrorism in Manchester and London, the changes to Title IX and DACA, and the new travel bans the Trump administration intends to initiate....
In this week’s edition of Blinks, our staffers reflect on recent moments of resistance, from marches to hunger strikes.
When speaking of goals, Michelangelo once said, "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." While I have never been someone to shy away from high goals, my socioeconomic status and other related factors kept the idea of being a Columbia student from ever crossing my mind, despite being a native New Yorker....