The time is now! Silence is no longer the solution or appropriate response to uncomfortable and taboo experiences students face everyday. Are we safe? No, not behind the closed doors of administrative or political propaganda. It doesn’t happen here, not at our campus. Yes it does! It happens here, it happens everywhere. Racial, sexual, verbal, and social aggressions are constant issues students endure on a daily basis. These aggressions are direct and indirect, projected loudly and done in silence. Regardless of the means or intent the end results are the same: hurt, shame, embarrassment, anger, the list goes on. Did he say that? Did she just do that? Yes! What are you going to do about it? So, we as students at Queens College, have created lyrics inspired by Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. This site will address some of these aggressions, choosing certain issues and pinpointing the emotional depth of each case. Please read, pay attention, and give sincere thought to how you can educate yourself on aggressions both big and small. This way you too, can implement change on a campus near you. As Rankine said, “… the voice in your head silently tells you to take your foot off your throat because just getting along shouldn’t be an ambition”.

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