The Kirkwood Call

The 1619 Project

Emma Lingo, Maddie Meyers, Malcia Greene, Kiden-Aloyse Smith, Rachel Finan, and Charlotte Heinrich

March 27, 2020

"The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very cen...

Redlining’s long lasting mark

Redlining's long lasting mark

Rachel Finan, health and wellness writer

March 26, 2020

Kamina Love and her mother Betty practice urban farming to provide fresh food for themselves and their neighbors. They help provide the kids in the neighborhood with clothes for the winter. Love has also stood up against developers who try to buy out her neighbors. Love said they have seen the effects...

PC culture humanized

art by Mary Grace Heartlein

Logan Crews, editor-in-chief

November 26, 2018

The first time I heard anyone use the phrase “politically correct,” I was in a hip-hop dance class where our convention teacher was trying to get us to let loose with the choreography. “Let your limbs flail more,” he said. “Stick your tongue out sometimes. Honestly, act retarded. But I gues...

Mind The Gap: Racial Achievement at KHS

Mind The Gap: Racial Achievement at KHS

Elliott Notrica, writer

May 2, 2018

Although every student at KHS sits at the same desks and walks the same halls, each individual does not necessarily have equal educational opportunities. A 2015 KSD task force report, co-chaired by previous school board president Darnel Frost and assistant superintendent Dr. Bryan Painter revealed acad...

Branding racism

Branding racism

Logan Crews, opinions editor

April 9, 2018

Welcome to America. The land of a patchwork population made up of a diverse, unique people. But in case you didn’t know, the United States hasn’t had the best track record with being culturally sensitive. We call ourselves the “great melting pot,” yet time and time again, minorities are marg...

A recap of the violence in Charlottesville

Maggie Burton

Wolfgang Frick, web staffer

September 15, 2017

The campus at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. is usually quiet by night. But on the night of Aug. 11, a chorus of chants echoed through the center of the campus, and a sea of torches held by white supremacists and neo-Nazis could be seen. The Hitler Youth led similar marches nearly...

Washing away diversity

art by Kailie Otto

Claire Boysen, opinions writer

March 8, 2017

You sit down on the couch after school, ready to watch your favorite TV show. You turn on the TV and see the same thing you always see: Friends, Full House, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Girl Meets World, and you realize one thing they have in common. White. Whether you’re aware of it or not, whitewashing is not...

History of blackface

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia under the Creative Commons License.

Naomi Blair, news writer

December 6, 2016

Blackface is when people who are not black darken their face in order portray corrupted images of blacks, according to PBS. Blackface is used to mock black people in public. While this is an issue, many students at KHS do not know what blackface is or the history behind it. Below is a timeline depicting...

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Robson Ali, opinions writer

March 28, 2016

Hello, my name is Robson Ali, and I am black. You can also call me African-American or even just African (I was born in Ethiopia). One thing I am not, however, is white. And after years of being called out for doing things such as reading or listening to NPR, I feel like I needed to make that fact cle...

Racism: the subtle things

Racism: the subtle things

Kennady Wade, opinions writer

September 19, 2014

In high school one of my mom’s close friends, John*, was black. One day when she pulled into John’s driveway, she found herself being harassed by a police officer. He questioned her on why she was at a black family’s home, how she was “associated” with them and what was in her bag. The officer...

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