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"Healing While Black"

"Healing While Black"

Healing While Black -Haille Paige W   Well, this past week has been hell. I finally cried about it all last night. I attended a candlelight vigil in San Diego, CA for the recent murder of three black unarmed people – George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Auhmaud Arbery. Of course the list of black people murdered at the hands of the police can go on and on and on. It’s tiring, it’s not fair, it’s fucked up, but I’m not surprised. This is what it’s like to be black in America. Let me be clear – this is what it’s...

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"A Black Girl Short Story" -Lulu

"A Black Girl Short Story" -Lulu

"A Black Girl Short Story" -Lulu Growing up in a country like South Africa, where xenophobia is at an absolute high, the option to not know what racism is was non existent. From a very young age, south africans worked their very hardest to prove to me and my family that we were absolutely nothing like them. That we were unjust in the way we came to a foreign country, and dared to build a life. With every other xenophobic killing, the justification was "well you should have stayed in your country" and i always wondered what would have happened...

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When I became the 1 in 4

When I became the 1 in 4

When I Became the One in Four ***Trigger Warning for victims of sexual assault*** While in high school and college I remember sitting through lectures and PowerPoints about sexual assault and rape. The main take-aways being “it’ll happen to a lot more people than you think, and it is important to tell the victim that it isn’t their fault.”   Flash forward to my senior year of college waking up in the back seat of my car in the hot morning sun in the commuter parking lot on campus. The night before I had been raped. And let me tell...

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Alone

Alone

Alone By: Samantha Crocker   Loneliness is such a mental game. I had never experienced it before. I'd never been so desperate for human connection. As a child, I surrounded myself with friends who made me smile, happy, and feel safe. Growing up, I always had a circle of friends that were like family to me. When that was taken from me, I was alone for the first time in my life. So going a little deeper into the story is that I’m 24 years old, married to my best friend for 2 years. I was a Registered Behavioral Tech,...

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What Healing Means to Me

What Healing Means to Me

What Healing Means to Me By: Lauren Ford To most people the word “healing” means to return to a state of health. It implies a previous state of sickness, pain, or disease. In the typical sense I agree, but my definition of healing is much more expansive. You don’t have to be physically sick to heal. Healing can happen physically, mentally, emotionally, and in a number of different ways.  To me, healing means to become whole. To become the best version of yourself. To transcend insecurity, self-doubt, comparison, societal pressures, and all of the mental roadblocks that stop us from...

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