January 6, 2021, will forever go down in history as the day that white supremacists, mandated by their leader Donald J. Trump, stormed the U.S. Capitol building and placed the government of the United States of America under siege. After Trump’s personal lawyer and henchman, Rudy Giuliani, ordered Trump supporters gathered on the National Mall to hold a “trial by combat” against the electoral count, fascists armed with automatic weapons, confederate flags, and Trump memorabilia breeched Capitol security, making their way into the Capitol rotunda. …


Like many twenty-something-year-olds, I live near a college campus in a college town. And like many college and graduate students, I feel constantly surveilled. The purpose of this short piece is to bring attention to the ways in which college towns, especially rural ones, are over-policed.

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The Bricks of Uptown Athens, Ohio. Photo Credit: Joel Price, Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Talk a stroll down Court Street in Athens, Ohio — home of Ohio University in the hills of Appalachia — and you will almost inevitably encounter multiple armed law enforcement officers. So many, in fact, that you get the feeling you are living in…


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It was common at my high school for students who were 18 to rent a cheap motel room and charge $5 for admission. The parties were typically held at a Red Roof Inn in my hometown; a place for us to party and drink, away from the watchful eyes of neighbors and suspecting parents. The party that led to my rape occurred in the winter of 2010, when I was 17. This is the first time I’ve ever told this story.

This guy told me and another person who had attended the motel party that he was living at his…


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When the moment of the dual contagions of the Coronavirus and anti-Black state violence that we are all currently living through one day make it into history books, part of that history will include when the American President attacked the city of Portland and its residents in the summer of 2020. Demarcating protesters in the “liberal city” of Portland as domestic terrorist, Donald Trump sent secret police to wreak havoc on its citizens and act violently towards people demonstrating democracy. Secret police are not secret in the sense that no one is aware of their existence. Rather, secret police are…


Last Thursday night (11/14/19) the AAUP (American Association of University Professors) chapter at Ohio University hosted a public forum regarding the budget crisis that is ongoing at the university. The university is seeking to cut over $19 Million from its budget, with the largest amount coming from the College of Arts and Sciences. These cuts would affect instructional and other non-tenured faculty members across various departments, as well as administrative and classified staff.

One of the departments that is especially susceptible to the budget crisis is one that is personally important to me, and that is Women, Gender and Sexuality…


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There is this notion in our country that talking about race is taboo. Good or bad, people are afraid to talk about race. We would rather live in a society that is “color-blind” or one that pretends race doesn’t or shouldn’t matter. All too often I hear well intention-ed white people talk about “the human race.” Typically, the conversation starts something like the following: “I don’t care if you’re black, white, yellow, red, purple, blue…we’re all people and were all humans…blah blah blah.” While this kind of sentiment may seem reasonable or even preferable, here’s why its problematic: to erase…

Kyle D. Serrott

I am a graduate student in Political Science and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University. Queer book and coffee nerd. Twitter: @kserrott

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