David Horowitz does not belong on campus

Lida Dianti

Editor’s Note: David Horowitz has disputed some of the assertions made in this column, which he believes are defamatory. In the interest of presenting all viewpoints, an agreement was reached with Mr. Horowitz where he was allowed to respond with equal space in a letter to the editor which printed in the March 28 edition […]

The hashtag we need? #USCFacultySoWhite

Lida Dianti

On Sunday, a fellow Trojan was a victim of a hate crime at Cardinal Gardens Apartments, where he was accosted simply because of his race. Racist incidents call not only for tolerance, but also for the reconstruction of a new campus climate without prejudice and discrimination. Clearly, there is a need for a strong minority […]

University demography fails minority students

Lida Dianti

“So, what are you?” Typically, this question is posed to people whose racial identity does not fall under European origin. However innocent in nature or well-intended, such an inquiry adds insult to injury. Not only are people of color “othered” by their non-whiteness alone, but they also are obliged to explain themselves and to reduce […]

Scalia’s death may save affirmative action

Lida Dianti

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday ends a legacy of racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia as well as persistent opposition to same-sex marriage and funding for Planned Parenthood. The passing of Justice Scalia most importantly presents an opportunity to even the playing field after generations of oppression and discrimination, as colorblindness […]

USC should condemn Columbus Day

Lida Dianti

In solidarity with students of Native American ancestry, Brown University officially recognized Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day as of Feb. 2, effectively dismantling a pillar of symbolic oppression. In this instance, Brown is seen as a leading university that works for diversity, while USC’s disregard of the matter perpetuates a legacy of enslavement, exploitation […]

Black History Month is why “black lives matter”

Lida Dianti

February is Black History Month. This means that out of the 366 days of this year, 29 of them will be dedicated to celebrating black excellence. By March, however, the narrative of black Americans will reset to criminalization, systemic racism and second-class citizenry.  In the remaining 337 days, black Americans will return to crying out […]

In light of its unsavory history, rename Von KleinSmid Center

Lida Dianti

Professor George Sanchez, the Vice Dean of Diversity and Strategic Initiatives for Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, compiled a selective timeline documenting the history of racism at USC at the diversity forum last Wednesday. Perhaps the most jarring of his findings was about the man the Von KleinSmid Center is named after: chancellor […]

Wheaton discipline reveals Islamophobia

Lida Dianti

Larycia Hawkins, a political science professor at Wheaton College, was suspended last month for a Facebook post that read: “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated … We worship the same God.” At the same time, she announced that […]