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Mistry: Write your own deliverance

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

This has been a semester full of spicy takes, but let me put to print my hottest take yet: Hamilton is a mediocre musical at best. It’s painfully historically inaccurate and is actually incredibly dangerous in how it melanin-washes figures who should be remembered as slaveholding colonizers, not as...

Mistry: What does it mean to be brown at CWRU?

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019

Last week, I opened the links to see all of the letters of intent for the Spring 2019 Undergraduate Student Government (USG) elections, and I couldn’t help but notice the sizeable number of brown people who are running. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “under-represented minority,” or URM,...

APUSH-ing people out of history

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 12, 2019

In my time at Case Western Reserve University, I’ve often received a diverse range of responses to any mention of the humanities classes I’ve been fortunate enough to take. The most common response, of course, has been “Oh, is that a SAGES?” I hear it less often now, as a fourth-year student, but I still ...

Mistry: Remembering our radical roots

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019

It’s that time of year again. Thousands of prospective students are visiting Case Western Reserve University with their families, deciding whether or not they will commit to being a part of the CWRU Class of 2023, which doesn’t sound like a real year to me, but maybe I’m just a crotchety old fou...

Mistry: Maybe the grind should stop

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019

One of my closest friends from high school maintains that every time I talk to him, I’m doing something new, whether it be an academic or an extracurricular pursuit. Every time he comments on it, I promise him this is the last new thing I’m going to do. You can imagine what the next call after tha...

Mistry: Islamophobia’s deep roots

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

I woke up last Friday to learn that on the other side of the world a white supremacist brutally murdered 50 Muslims during a prayer service at two mosques. I felt a lot of emotions as I read what had happened and unsuccessfully tried to comprehend why this depraved individual did what he did. ...

Mistry: Being realistic, demanding the impossible

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

March 1, 2019

I am an incredibly opinionated and passionate individual. There's a reason I write these columns, and my friends and loved ones just expect me to have a complicated and specific take for just about anything. One thing I’ve noticed recently, however, is how cynical and hopeless some of my friends are...

Mistry: Advocate with, not for

When advocating for a marginilized group that one is not apart of, it's important to advocate with the group and not for it.

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019

When you are involved in social justice advocacy work, you often don’t get to choose your allies. The work is exhausting, and you welcome any support you can get. In my experience, I’ve often encountered well-intentioned people trying to make a difference in this world. But many seem more interest...

Mistry: Love is revolutionary

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

February 15, 2019

Most of my single friends think Valentine’s Day is a joke. A shallow holiday exploited by corporations to convince us that love conveniently means buying the products they make. Meanwhile, my friends in relationships think Valentine’s Day is just stressful. “What do I get?”; “Where should we go to ...

Mistry: On the evolution of politicians

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

February 8, 2019

Do you want to know how I’m certain we are living in a perpetual nightmare? Like clockwork, as soon as the 2018 midterm election season ended, the coverage of the 2020 presidential election began. Suddenly, every movement by major politicians is a code to be cracked by the mainstream media. Ap...

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