2020 was a milestone year for racial unrest and protests. During the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, one student at Stony Brook University made it their mission to show the racial unrest within the campus community.
Rap music today reflects the messages of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Rappers have used their platforms and lyrical talent to express to their audiences that the fight for equal rights for the Black community is not over.
The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement has made non-Black Americans more aware of an ongoing discussion within the Black community regarding the use of the terms “Black” versus “African American.”
“It’s not a fancy hashtag. It’s not a publicity stunt. This is not a call for attention,” Figeroux said. “This is a call for action, justice, and call for our basic rights and an end to police brutality.”
#OPINION On Sept. 22, Trump reversed the progress of diversity by issuing another executive order that combats racial and sexual stereotyping. Under a façade of “equality”, this executive order risks amplifying racism, sexism and homophobia.
Recently submitted to be displayed as part of Stony Brook’s RECKONING: Student Digital Mural, Mazza created “Untitled 14” in 2014 following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr., who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
Two organizations, the Stony Brook Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Black Student Athlete Huddle, organized a Black Lives Matter rally on Wednesday, Oct. 21.