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A sign reads “vote here” outside of a Nashville 2019 polling location. (Hustler Multimedia/Claire Barnett)

NGUYEN: Your liberation will not come from voting

September 16, 2020

Voting has continually silenced young, revolutionary voices calling for freedom. If we want permanent social change, voting must eventually be abolished.

Aug. 12, outside of the parking lot of the Capitol where members of legislature left after discussing HB/SB 8004 and 8005. Photo by Riko Lee

Plaza Perspectives: ‘Just do the right thing.’

August 23, 2020

Through providing free meals to Nashville’s houseless community, demanding justice for sexual misconduct, standing for Tennessean’s first amendment rights and uplifting black voices, the Vanderbilt students who stand with the People’s Plaza look to prove that they’re “more than just kids trying to remove KKK statues.”

Protestors conclude the Black Lives Matter march at the Tennessee State Capital as one protestor memorializes the event with a selfie. (Hustler Multimedia/Krista Panageas)

THORNTON: I hope this article gets me some “woke cred”

July 25, 2020

Only when conditional advocacy is no longer an inexorable side-effect of “wokeness,” will the word embody what it meant to begin with.

Around the country, white people are quick to claim and consume Black culture, praising Black athletes, models, actors and musicians for their entertainment value, yet these same white people hesitate to fight for human rights. Vanderbilt’s campus is not immune to this disheartening reality.

Inside an Athlete’s World: Black lives should matter on and off the field

June 7, 2020

How recent Black Lives Matter protests have revealed important race dynamics within the Vanderbilt community.

Protestors march in New York City.

GUEST EDITORIAL: No justice, no peace

June 6, 2020

Why only supporting protests against racial injustice if they’re peaceful misses the point.

A protestor held up a Captain America shield in front of the Tennessee State Capitol.

IN PHOTOS: Nashville Black Lives Matter Protest

June 5, 2020

The Nashville community comes together to peacefully march downtown in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and victims of police brutality.

This photo, from the petition to hold Vanderbilt accountable for racial justice, was designed by rising junior Shivani Sharma, one of over thirty collaborators that developed the petition. This image was circulated with the petition, which was posted to on June 3. (Screenshot from Hold Vanderbilt Accountable for Racial Justice petition on Barker)

Students and alumni create petitions calling for further action from Vanderbilt administration regarding racial justice

June 5, 2020

Petitions calling for Professor Emerita Virginia Abernethy’s title to be removed, Vanderbilt to be more accountable for racial justice were created by current and former Vanderbilt students in the past week.

Black Lives Matter Protest at Nashville State Capitol

GAO: Why social justice begins with acknowledging our own prejudice

June 5, 2020

To brave the pain of our society, we should first look within ourselves and question the truth behind our actions and beliefs.

Protestors at Legislative Plaza (WKRN/Stassy Olmos)

LANGFORD: A defense of violent civil disobedience

June 4, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, it’s evident that not all protestors are afforded the same public support.

The Divinity School

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We refuse to be silent

June 4, 2020

We will keep fighting until we all can breathe.

Lee began his journey in Nashville. Photo courtesy John Lee

First-year John Lee cycles across mid-America in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

June 4, 2020

Lee embarked on his 1,500-mile bike journey from Nashville to Colorado June 3.

An image from an anti-racism and police brutality rally Jun. 3 in Washington D.C. Photo by Sarah Kohn

A breakdown of the anti-racism Instagram stories on your feed

June 3, 2020

Social media has an unprecedented role in the fight against police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. To help you better distinguish the movements circulating on your feed, the Life section has broken down each of these popular Instagram posts and the messages they’re spreading.