ON AUGUST 8, Sen. Bernie Sanders took the stage at a rally to defend Social Security in Seattle and thanked the city for "being one of the most progressive cities in the United States of America."
Before he could address the crowd again, Marissa Johnson and Mara Willaford, two Black women leaders from the Black Lives Matter movement, took the stage and demanded a chance to speak: "We'd like an opportunity to own the mic."
Two months ago I wrote a farewell op-ed for my school's newspaper, The Herald. The piece was addressed to Harold Washington College's class of 2014 and City Colleges of Chicago students in general. In it I explained my decision to boycott my own graduation in protest of the individual chosen as our commencement ceremony speaker, Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.
Two weeks ago I wrote a piece about a Humans of New York (HONY) post which featured a white teacher talking about the challenges he faces teaching in Harlem. Following that piece I was approached, both online and in person, by a number of people with questions and (some) accusations, so I'd like to take this opportunity to answer and respond to some of those.