Author Archives: EMILY HOPKINS

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FREE RADICAL (TEACH ONE EDITION): ‘ASSATA: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY’

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I was right in the middle of reading Assata when Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson. As the events in Missouri unfolded, reading Shakur’s memoir was a horrifying deja vu. Continue reading

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FREE RADICAL: TIPS ON CITY LIVING FOR INCOMING STUDENTS (PART I)

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Your quality of life is important. Living in a shithole is not “part of the college experience.” You have a shitty apartment because you have a shitty landlord. Continue reading

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FREE RADICAL: THE DEEP ROOTS OF THE PROBLEM IN FERGUSON

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Since being radical means getting to the root of things, I thought to address some of the unfortunate reactions to developments in Ferguson, and to trace them back to the underlying problems. Continue reading

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FREE RADICAL: A CRISIS OF MEDIA LITERACY

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It’s no surprise that popular outlets like BuzzFeed get most of their revenue from sponsored content, but these days media conglomerates like Time, Inc. and the New York Times Company are also embracing native advertising with the idea that as long as advertorials are labeled, readers will be able to tell the difference between that and real news. Continue reading

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FREE RADICAL: DO I LOOK HOMELESS?

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Her hair is always clean and pulled back, and her clothes are always neat and fitted. Continue reading

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FREE RADICAL: TIME TO EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT GAZA

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Here in the Hub, when hundreds upon hundreds of people gathered to protest in the name of Palestine last week, our own Boston Globe didn’t even send a photographer. Continue reading

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FREE RADICAL: MOVING MORE STUDENTS ONTO CAMPUS ISN’T THE ANSWER

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It is entirely possible that additional student housing would take some pressure off of neighborhoods like Mission Hill and Allston-Brighton that have increasingly become extensions of peripheral schools. But I can’t imagine a world in which more housing, in its current form, could keep students on campus. Continue reading

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FREE RADICAL: THE LINE WILL NOT SAVE US

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Those protesters are going to be there whether or not there is a line, and the culture of shame and fear will also still be there. Continue reading