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Lu: Criminal Justice Reform

(05/04/16 9:30pm)

Last Thursday, a bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers unveiled a revised version of a criminal justice reform plan that was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year. Although lawmakers and media sources have referred to this document as a general criminal justice reform bill, the proposed legislation, especially after being amended to appeal to Republican senators, is far too narrow in its scope and does not go far enough to address the discriminatory practices of the justice system that disproportionately impacts men of color in this country.

Lu: Considerate Correctness

(04/20/16 9:43pm)

Recently, I’ve been undergoing a crisis of identity. I consider myself liberal, progressive, woke — all those buzzwords that The Dartmouth’s frequent commenters love to decry as a disease of foolish millennials. I’ve spent most of my opinion-writing career on issues of intersectionality, on bringing light to problematic behaviors that are overlooked despite the profound impact they have on those they target. I’ve used this space to contribute to a discourse that may be one of the defining conversations of this generation. This time, and I think perhaps for the first time, I’ve finally figured out where I stand and where I think we all should stand.

Lu: Ready For Hillary

(11/04/15 11:30pm)

One problem with social justice movements that are supported and nurtured by social media is that 140 characters are generally just enough to point out problems — but not enough to propose solutions. I myself am guilty of this — a lot of the time, my columns will identify problems I see without offering a comprehensive solution beyond “this has to change.” But change how? Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answers this question, and for that reason and more, she deserves to be the next president of the United States.

Lu: Implicitly Racist Policies

(10/21/15 10:30pm)

Each presidential election brings with it a series of political and personal controversies surrounding the candidates, and the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination has been no different. Outrageous statements from the many, many individuals running have dominated news headlines for months. When you look at the actual policies that these politicians are proposing, however, you find that they are still ridiculous. Some proposals, like eliminating birthright citizenship, are downright racist. Some have defended these policies advocated by Republican presidential candidates like Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal by saying they are not explicitly about race, and thus cannot be considered racist. This is patently false and an astoundingly myopic view of how policies can influence the daily lives of individuals. When you propose policies that oppress, disenfranchise and target a specific racial group, that is racist.

Lu: Maintaining Objectivity

(10/07/15 10:30pm)

While canvassing for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination last weekend, I encountered a “meninist” in the wild. People I had hoped existed only on social media and in my nightmares, meninists are anti-feminists who at once claim that gender inequality is a myth, while simultaneously inventing ways in which men are victims of discrimination.

Lu: The "F" Word

(04/21/15 10:42pm)

This winter and spring, I applied to a flurry of internships, determined to find a “big girl” job in an interesting career field. I was ready to go from summer camp counselor to a woman with a real world job. In one interview for a potential internship, the interviewer asked me to elaborate on some aspect of my identity. As an Asian-American woman, I knew he probably expected me to speak about being Chinese and how my culture has shaped who I am. I never like to be predictable, however, so I talked about being a feminist, and what it has meant to me — how it has made me stronger and opened my eyes, how that label signified my transition from a girl to a woman in a way no “big girl” job ever could. Little did I know how that one word could change the conversation.

Lu: Enough with the Clothes

(04/08/15 10:31pm)

In her April 3 column “Dress for Power,” Annika Park ’18 drew attention to the ways in which women in power have used their wardrobes to their advantage. While she argued that women can subvert traditional perceptions of womanhood by asserting authority through feminine attire, the fact that we scrutinize women’s style at all is the underlying phenomenon that needs to be tackled.

Lu: Selfish in our Sympathy

(03/05/15 12:36am)

To the right of each newsfeed, Facebook’s relatively new feature, the “trending” sidebar, displays the current most discussed events and people on the website. More often than not, they seem to be fluff pieces, something akin to Taylor Swift becoming a godmother or Kim Kardashian showing off her assets. Rarely have I seen more serious, sobering events — particularly news from overseas — crack the top three stories.

Lu: No Strings Attached

(02/18/15 12:13am)

It’s been all over your news feed for weeks. Magazine covers of Dakota Johnson trying to look sultry or featuring a smoldering Jamie Dornan have stared you down for months. It hit theaters last Friday, and several of your single — and probably female — friends likely made the trek out to West Lebanon to see it. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015) is everywhere. Love it or hate it, its ubiquity is a sign of something pretty great.

Lu: A Match Made in Heaven

(01/06/15 11:48pm)

In the last few months, people seeking social change have taken to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr in great numbers, using these platforms to discuss national issues like race relations, sexism and police brutality. Hashtags like #blacklivesmatter, #icantbreathe and #leelahalcorn have raised awareness of various injustices, such as the fact that neither the shooting death of Mike Brown nor the choking death of Eric Garner resulted in an indictment of the police officers in question, or that transgender Americans experience a higher rate of suicide on average.

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