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Kemi Giwa, Opinion Editor

Kemi is a fourth-year public relations major with a minor in political science. Her interests include politics and racial justice.

All content by Kemi Giwa

JMS classes aren’t doing enough

May 9, 2019

Most of the graduating seniors on The Daily Aztec’s editorial board are students in JMS. We know the territory. We know what’s taught in these classes. There...

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Senior Farewell: Kemi Giwa

Senior Farewell: Kemi Giwa

May 8, 2019

Looking back on these last four years, the one thing I regret the most is not believing in myself enough. It’s easy to feel like you don’t belong ––...

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Democrats owe their success to black women

February 27, 2019

Although we are less than two years away from the highly-anticipated election year,  any polls predicting or making definite statements about who the...

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Young people can make a difference in 2020

January 23, 2019

Alas.  Campaign season has begun. Perhaps a bit early, to some — but for good reason, of course.  The primaries will be crowded, and each Democratic...

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Women, our independence is in jeopardy…again.

September 26, 2018

With all the chaos upending Washington right now, the topic of abortion and the status of Roe v. Wade is quickly recentering itself and becoming the topic...

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

April 18, 2018

Since the legalization of marijuana in California and states across the country, stories about cannabis businesses and yoga-friendly weed activities have...

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

March 14, 2018

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...

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

February 7, 2018

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...

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Students march to change the mascot prior to the spring 2017 AS vote. Photo by Andrew Dyer.

Opinion: State’s findings of racism are an attack on academic freedom and racial justice

January 16, 2018
The university must ask itself: Is the academic definition of racism itself racist if a student disagrees or takes offense?
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Ending modern day slavery in Libya should be a priority

December 6, 2017

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...

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

November 20, 2017

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...

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

November 1, 2017

San Diego State’s liberal, comforting and accepting environment is misleading. This environment makes many fail to realize the horror that occurs outside...

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Should SDSU athletes kneel as a means of protest?

October 4, 2017

Many college football players watched in amazement as NFL players joined in solidarity with former pro quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. The man who pioneered...

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

September 13, 2017

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. ...

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A letter to the freshman class of 2021

August 21, 2017

Dear Freshmen: Freshman year was one of the most difficult transitions ever. Not because I was leaving my family or childhood friends, but because...

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Missing D.C. girls are more than a hashtag

April 19, 2017

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...

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A.S. election season is a popularity contest

March 15, 2017

It is that time of year. It is election season, a time many on campus eagerly await. And emotions are running high. This year there are four candidates...

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

February 22, 2017
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.
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Obama and the first family will be sorely missed

January 18, 2017
Though a significant historical marker for the entire country, President Obama’s election was of particular importance to black families.
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Alt-right just rebranded white nationalism

‘Alt-right’ just rebranded white nationalism

December 14, 2016

The term “alt-right” originated with extremists but recently has become mainstream. This vague term, according to the Anti-Defamation League, encompasses...

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Students demonstrate on campus following the election of Donald Trump.

Daily Aztec columnists react to election

November 17, 2016
Somehow Trump was able to grab women where it mattered — their ballots.
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Measure G an important step in holding police accountable

October 19, 2016

Who polices the police? In many cases, no one. Currently, the San Diego Police Department is responsible for investigating themselves. There is...

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SDSUPD will begin to implement the program PERT when assisting civilians with metal health issues.

Protest sends message to SDSU campus cops

September 21, 2016

I rushed out of class to try to catch the last couple of minutes of the weekly Afrikan Student Union meeting last week when I received a text message from...

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Hillary Clinton’s feminism doesn’t speak to everyone

August 29, 2016

According to polls, Hillary Clinton is likely to be the next President of the United States. Even more noteworthy, the first woman President of the...

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“Colorblind” delusion a problem

August 17, 2016

“I am reminded every day when I walk into lecture and I am the only black girl,” said sophomore Lauren Merriweather when asked what role race plays...

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The justice system: still flawed, still discriminatory

March 23, 2016

Despite the ongoing decline in crime since 1980s, the U.S. prison population has grown exponentially. This is extremely disturbing, especially when one...

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The actions taken in Flint were politically-driven and criminal

February 26, 2016

Water is so readily available and it prevents us from realizing that it is a privilege. In fact it is a luxury for many. But how? If water is something...

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Vote for candidates because of their ideals, not their gender

February 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton and her run for presidency ties feminists from all across the country closer together and it fills those who fought for women’s rights...

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Prejudice and racism: They differ more than you might think

January 27, 2016

Racism describes a system built to keep a race or ethnicity away from success and evolution — a systematic disadvantage based solely on race. By that...

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What’s causing the lack of diversity in SDSU Greek life?

December 9, 2015

San Diego State Greek life organizations are a part of campus life and everyone should feel welcomed, no matter what their background is. “I don’t...

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Low-income students have options for studying abroad

October 28, 2015

Within minutes of walking into my American institution class, my professor begins to burst with excitement about the opportunity available for students...

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Black Lives Matter movement needs everyone’s help at SDSU

October 28, 2015

According to The Guardian, 940 people have died at the hands of police in the U.S. in 2015. Of those 940 victims, 228 were black — roughly 25 percent,...

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