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When They Came for Me, by Rudy Martinez

Six months ago, I graduated with a philosophy degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. What was promised to be a day of jubilation for my family, as I am a first-generation Colombian and the first in my family to ever attend an American institute of higher education, was instead welcomed with a reluctant sigh of relief.

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They Did Not Abandon Us: How Memes Are Fulfilling the Role of Trickster Gods in Late Capitalism, by Jake Buckholz

As my friend and colleague, Rudy Martinez, wrote in his much-discussed essay, Your DNA is an Abomination, “You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all cultures, upon meeting you, die” (2017). In context, You stands for Whiteness, as in the extremely limiting, extremely violent, and extremely oppressive force that has come to dominate the world, but Whiteness is only the latest mask worn by something nameless that dates back to the agricultural revolution, that is to say, to the dawn of civilization. Behind the mask is whatever spirit drives humanity to conquer itself.

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Stop Telling Me That Only Love Can Beat Hate, by Tafari Robertson

In the aftermath of a white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, VA and the resulting mess of presidential statements that came in the days following, many are rushing to align themselves on the right side of history. While some attend rallies in solidarity or rush the removal of the remaining Confederate monuments across the US, others have chosen to hide their relative inaction by claiming only ‘love’ can defeat ‘hate’ all across social media. Such feel-good rhetoric does double duty as it allows the user to feel assured in their spot on the hypothetical spectrum of history while relieving them of any responsibility to address the very real oppression, violence, and hatred in communities that surround them.

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Alienation, Authenticity, and the Analogous in Postmodern Capitalism, by May Olvera

In 1988, the Polaroid Corporation, a giant in the instant film industry, started falling into massive debt, declaring bankruptcy by 2001 (Deutsch, 2001). By 2008, they ceased production of their instant film and in an article published in Wired, the magazine stated, ‘this is one of those quiet moments in tech history marking the end of an era’ (Beschizza, 2008). Ten years later, Polaroid and other instant film companies have had a sort of re-birth despite living in a digital age, largely in thanks to millennials…

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