THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT

Vol. 36 Issue 2

Feb 09, 2018

From the Editors

This past weekend, a flyer mounting racist and xenophobic attacks against city residents appeared in mailboxes and doorways across the East Side of Providence and on Brown’s campus. At a press conference organized by the NAACP in response, Mayor Elorza insisted that “[Providence] is an inclusive city… this flyer is against everything that we stand for.” These abhorrent flyers are not, however, the first of their kind to appear. For months, students at Brown have been finding posters from fascist and white nationalist groups posted around campus—all too often met with a response that echoes Elorza: “this is not who we are; where is this hatred coming from?”

The flyers—and the vile ideologies they espouse—are not accidents or flukes, but internal to the institutions and communities we are a part of. Those of us who organize large parts of our lives around the academy have lost the privilege of surprise when we learn that Richard Spencer spent two years in a Ph.D program at Duke or that Curtis Yarvin, an influential writer for the alt-right, earned his bachelor's from Brown.

We at the university must not delude ourselves that anti-blackness, fascism, and white nationalism are alien threats, emanating from elsewhere to impinge on our community. To do so is to succumb to a dangerous fantasy that lets us wash our hands of responsibility. Nor should we assure ourselves that it’s ‘a few bad apples.’ No, the flyers demand critical self-reflection; we must hold ourselves accountable, as uncomfortable as it is. We need a relentless critique of the ways that we sustain and reproduce fascism and anti-blackness in our daily lives, our material investments, our entertainment media, our practices of knowledge production, and the concepts we use to think the world.

– RM

Arts

I'm Not Going Anywhere

Architecture, Columbus, and the possibilities of caring

Arts, Feb 09 2018

by Josh Wartel

In 2009, Texas Monthly published a long story recounting the relationship between a mother, Ann McClamrock, and her son, John. John …

On Scrolling

Arts, Feb 09 2018

by Zak Ziebell

Scrolling is the single gesture–besides maybe walking or blinking–that I perform most in my everyday life. Two fingers, or maybe just …


Ephemera


Features

The Veil and What It Holds

Beyond a cultural relativist perspective

Features, Feb 09 2018

by Orwa Mohamad

Rising nationalist sentiments in Western countries have put religious freedom under attack. With President Trump placing a ban on the entry …


Literary

Untitled Poem About Nazbol

Literary, Feb 09 2018

by Nikita Sungatov & translated from Russian by Signe Swanson

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Metabolics

Bread, Slowly, Painstakingly

Metabolics, Feb 09 2018

by Pia Mileaf-Patel

I’ve started talking about bread like some people talk about finding a particularly inspiring spinning instructor. Nobody talks about finding religion, …


Metro

No LNG in PVD

Utility justice in South Providence and Washington Park

Metro, Feb 09 2018

by Cecelia Tamburro

Monica Huertas is a community activist and mother of four. She lives in Lower South Providence, and the health of her …


News

Week in Bad Role Models

News, Feb 09 2018

by Eve Zelickson, Ivy Scott & Harry August

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Day Zero

What happens when the taps run dry?

News, Feb 09 2018

by Chris Packs

Last week, in the Cape Town suburb of Newlands, a fight broke out on a typically quiet cul-de-sac. The instigator, who …


Occult

Mark My Height, I'm Taller Than I Was Yesterday

Occult, Feb 09 2018

by Wen Zhuang

1. Recollect Picture: She’s seven. Seven, and her eyes are in high-gear dashing left right left right, interspersed with some ups …


Science & Technology

A Future You Can Believe In

China and the advent of the Social Credit System

Science & Technology, Feb 09 2018

by Hal Triedman

Every internet user leaves crumbs of data behind—clicks, scrolls, advertisement views, website visits, location check-ins—a mountain of information, compounding every day. …


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