The Daily Aztec

Judging one race for smoking marijuana while commending another for doing the same is wrong

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Writer

April 18, 2018

Filed under Opinion

Since the legalization of marijuana in California and states across the country, stories about cannabis businesses and yoga-friendly weed activities have spread through the media. While the legalization of marijuana is long overdue, I...

People of color should be able to celebrate Black Panther without cries for inclusion

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Writer

March 14, 2018

Filed under Opinion

After the release of Black Panther I thought, “Finally, this is our movie, a movie for black people.” After I said this, someone asked me why it has to be a movie for black people. Why can’t everyone be excited for it...

President Adela de la Torre can be an advocate for women and minorities at SDSU

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018

Filed under Opinion

San Diego State has just named Adela de la Torre as the university’s new permanent president. In addition to being only the ninth person to serve this post, de la Torre is also the first woman — and the first Latino — to...

Ending modern day slavery in Libya should be a priority

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Writer

December 6, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Last month CNN released footage that uncovered a slave trade in Libya — a video that shows smugglers selling off a dozen men outside the capital of Tripoli. According to aid and migrant workers, slavery in Libya is not a ...

N-word should stop being used by those not in the black community

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Writer

November 20, 2017

Filed under Opinion

With black culture dominating the music industry, television and nearly every aspect of our lives, surely, the old debate over the n-word has made its way into the topic of discussion. More often than not, my experiences begin...

SDSU is a bubble of acceptance, it’ll be a shock when it pops

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Writer

November 1, 2017

Filed under Opinion

San Diego State’s liberal, comforting and accepting environment is misleading. This environment makes many fail to realize the horror that occurs outside of this bubble, in other parts of the country. Many can attest to experiencing...

Should SDSU athletes kneel as a means of protest?

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Writer

October 4, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Many college football players watched in amazement as NFL players joined in solidarity with former pro quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. The man who pioneered the movement a year ago within football against the injustice plaguing...

Unreasonable backlash against new ‘Black Minds Matter’ course at SDSU lacks tact

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Writer

September 13, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Many people like to think that K-12 schools in America are the pillars of fairness. However —  for young black men and boys — statistics show otherwise. According to the National Education Association black boys are ...

A letter to the freshman class of 2021

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Writer

August 21, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Dear Freshmen: Freshman year was one of the most difficult transitions ever. Not because I was leaving my family or childhood friends, but because it was the official transition into adulthood. Regardless, it has been th...

Missing D.C. girls are more than a hashtag

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Natalee Holloway and Elizabeth Smart were household names growing up. I was young, but I vividly remember my parents pointing to these girls as reasons for me to stay home instead of attending my classmate’s birthday party or...

Protests are fine, but it’s action that affects change

by Kemi Giwa, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2017

Filed under Opinion

Real change is realized only when people aren’t merely part-time activists who fall back into passivity once the hype of a situation dies down.