Prepared by @zenerations & @spacetospeakorg Trigger Warning: violence, sexual abuse, assault, rape, molestation Space to Speak is a community of ardent Generation Z students fighting rape culture by sharing our stories, empowering each other, and shaping the curriculum for the next generation. In collaboration with Zenerations, the two youth-led organizations worked together to develop aContinue reading “The Reporting Process and Why Survivors Don’t Get Legal Justice: Space To Speak x Zenerations”
By Rachel Gerhart When searching ‘Vegan’ on any social media platform, there is a steady stream of white influencers making “African Peanut Stew” or “Asian Stir Fry”, and a definite lack of black and brown influencers at the top of the charts. Not only has present-day veganism been created by overpowering white voices appropriating BIPOC’sContinue reading “Veganism and White Supremacy”
By Maggie Saalman All around the world, womxn and transgender people are continuously facing issues in the work force. Why is that in the United States, womxn make up over half the workforce, yet they still make 84 cents to every male dollar (Gould)? Why is it that womxn of color face hurdles based onContinue reading “And That’s on Period (Leave)”
Interviewer: Sophia Delrosario and Alexis De Castro Interviewee: Christine Lee Sophia: First off, can you introduce yourself. Please tell us your background, interests, hobbies, and anything that makes you, you. Christine Lee: Awesome! Hi, my name is Christine Lee. I am a Korean American, born and raised on the East Coast, and a rising sophomoreContinue reading “CHRISTINE LEE: Q&A Interview”
History class: where you are taught that the Founding Fathers were godlike figures who created America. Although this may sound completely factual at first, there is much more than meets the eye; things we wouldn’t learn in any history class. Even though the United States’ history curriculum covers a wide range of time periods, from the Renaissance to modern day, they all share a similar characteristic: we learn the achievements of white people, and the downfalls of everyone else. Anything related to the discrimination and racism faced by minorities is swept under the rug and never thoroughly discussed. One would think that class about the history of the world as we know it would cover all areas of the globe, not just the United States and Europe. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t be learning about western history, but we are not truly learning our history if it isn’t inclusive of everyone. As an Asian-American, it hurts to know that I will never learn about my ancestor’s history in school. Why should I have to research this on my own when I should be able to get a basic understanding of it in the classroom? Why should I have to do my own research to figure out my history, while others get it taught to them on the daily? Not only does our current curriculum leave out huge chunks of history, but it also misconstrues it.
Written by: Evie Fitzpatrick
Kimberly Cross transforms her emotions of passion, confusion, and anger regarding the current racial climate into a series of brilliant poems. She addresses that there is not only one, but two diseases plaguing the nation: both COVID-19 and racism in “The Disease”, tells about experiences living in America from a black person’s perspective, and confronts the unfairness of the government and law enforcement in “Dear Justice System”.
March beside Dreamers in your cities as they hold onto banners, support local businesses owned by undocumented families, and uplift their voices as they speak about their lives. The Trump administration will continue in its efforts to end DACA and other similar programs, but until then, Dreamers are here to stay.
By Paulina Morales
Zenerations is a collection of stories centered around people in Generation Z, showcasing our talents, achievements, thoughts, lifestyles, and experiences. We aim to establish a sense of community, diversity, and positivity. Ranging from articles on Gen Z life, art, music, photography, politics, school, pop culture, and interviews with accomplished teens, Zenerations has something for everyone.
In November 2017, the Chinese company ByteDance bought Musical.ly—a popular social media app that allowed users to create and upload fifteen-second-long lip-syncing videos. Less than a year later, in August of 2018, ByteDance absorbed Musical.ly into its own app, which they renamed TikTok. Despite its somewhat tumultuous start, TikTok’s popularity quickly began to rise. With the demise of Vine’s seven-second-long comedy videos in 2017—and the promised “Vine 2” seeming far off—TikTok became a new video-making haven for the displaced users of both Vine and Musical.ly. This, in a way, allowed the app to become more multifaceted than both of its predecessors: it gave all users the opportunity to become popular, whether they were creating Musical.ly-era lip-syncing videos, Vine-esque comedy skits, or even branching off into genres that hadn’t been prominent on either app, such as cosplay. […]
Written by: Alli Lowe
Styles and cultures have been taken away from Black people for decades to be reclaimed as something more “trendy” or “appropriate.” With the recent rise in media attention towards the Black Lives Matter movement, it is important to understand where aspects of our society have come from, and the stigma that Black people have faced regarding their styles that white people have never faced. The double standard between POC and white people when it comes to the fashion industry is not an isolated issue; Black Lives Matter encapsulates all issues that Black people face.
Article by Dylan Follmer and Sophia Delrosario