Being Habesha in a Black and White World: A Racial Identity Crisis

By Abigail Mengesha Racial identity was never a problem when I lived in Ethiopia. I recognized and understood my ethnicity, and that was enough. However, once I moved to the United States to receive higher education, questions regarding my racial background and the meaning of the term “Habesha” resurfaced. This spark in curiosity can be credited to my exposure to the American Black/white binary model … Continue reading Being Habesha in a Black and White World: A Racial Identity Crisis

Invisible: the silenced voices of undocumented south asian refugees

by Nuha Fariha “If they do decide to take me in [to custody] and send me back, they might as well just send my dead body back, because it’s about the same thing.” That is what refugee Jahed Ahmed told The Nation from his cell at an El Paso Detention Center. The 27-year-old is one of the 159 Bengali refugees who have fled political crisis … Continue reading Invisible: the silenced voices of undocumented south asian refugees

One-Fight-Oh!

Celebrating 150 years of protest at Cornell By Melvin Li For many people around the world, February 2015 marked the start of the Year of the Sheep—a time of peace, promise, and prosperity. But at Cornell University, that month turned out to be something else altogether. On February 5, 2015, President Skorton sent a lengthy email to all Cornell students announcing that, beginning in the fall, … Continue reading One-Fight-Oh!

American Horror Story as the Female Horror Story

By ALYSSA BERDIE and KAITLYN TIFFANY

American Horror Story is meant to explore and exploit the typically “American” fascinations with very specific forms of horror: those which invade the American home and family, those which get us labeled as “insane” and barred from participation in society, and those which send us on literal and metaphorical witch hunts and epitomize our collective paranoia. But, more than simply presenting these themes for viewers across the country (and around the world), show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk illuminate the classic plotlines of American horror as classic plotlines of female horror. Every season, the most terrifying depictions of violence, betrayal, and tragedy are inflicted upon women. Every season, the most deeply feminine fears, unique to the female body and to the types of violence inflicted upon it, are the ones most wholly realized. Continue reading “American Horror Story as the Female Horror Story”