Blog Has Moved to DerrickClifton.com (Kind Of)

As noted in the last post, Daily Derrick closes today. But if you wish to read future work and continue following, DerrickClifton.com will open on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Hope to see you come on over that way! Recap: – This blog has closed. – The writer/editor behind it is still writing stuff, just somewhere … Continue reading

Black gay pastor starts church in Chicago Loop

This piece originally appeared as the cover story in the May 15, 2013 print edition of The Windy City Times. Photo credit: Rafi Letzter. If you attempted to count the number of Chicago congregations led by openly gay, Black ministers, you’d probably struggle to get to 10. However, a new church in the South Loop … Continue reading

Around the Web for Jan. 17

Here’s a brief look at some highlights from around the web today — a mix of four thought-provoking  articles and commentary that’ll give you whiplash from shaking your head. Here goes: Te’o Controversy: Where’s the Coverage on ND Football Sexual Assauts? – Salon.com I know many of you are enthralled by the craze surrounding Notre … Continue reading

Sexism and the CTU Strike

Sexism and the CTU Strike

This post was also featured at NextGen Journal, prior to their disbanding. Click here to view.  It’s hard being a female leader in a male-dominated society. Following the culmination of the Chicago Teachers’ Union strike, I’m sure Karen Lewis would agree. What started as weeks of debate mostly confined within Chicago’s city limits became a … Continue reading

From the Archives: Birtherism and White Privilege

From the Archives: Birtherism and White Privilege

While stumping in his home state of Michigan yesterday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney addressed the crowd and made this cringe inducing statement: “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised.” Clearly he’s referring to the Birther controversy that … Continue reading

Can We Stop Qualifying the Definition of “Rape?”

Can We Stop Qualifying the Definition of “Rape?”

Rape is rape. No exceptions, no qualifying words, no lengthy diatribes can escape what rape means to everyday people. That’s unless you’re like Congressman Todd Akin (R-Mo.) and vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan. Ever since vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan introduced the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” these odd distinctions between “rape,” “forcible … Continue reading

I Declare My In(ter)dependence

I Declare My In(ter)dependence

You see, even as a child I had issues asking for help from others. For some reason, I gleaned some odd message that being a “grown up” meant being 100% independent, always able to take care of everything on your own with very little-to-no help from others. Continue reading

Countdown: 7 Reasons to Love Queen Bey

From where I’m sitting, there’s another queen’s jubilee underway. Elizabeth II, eat your heart out. And you too, Ms. Aretha. Beyonce recently sashayed back onto the scene, proving she’s still as fierce as ever after birthing her first child. But don’t call it a comeback; she’s been at it for years. Dazzling audiences in Atlantic … Continue reading

Brief Hiatus from Original Posts

Dear Friends of Daily Derrick, I just wanted to send a quick note and let all of you know that I’ll be on a brief hiatus from original posts for roughly the next week (in addition to some of the past few days) due to finals and related preparation. Life still goes on for me … Continue reading

Northwestern Faculty Missing from Diversity Dialogues

It’s about time more Northwestern community members, especially faculty, join diversity dialogues. At Monday evening’s Faculty-Student Speak Out event, roughly 60 students and faculty gathered for small-group discussions, featured speeches and attendees “speaking out” about proposed diversity initiatives. Members from NU4DiversityNow organized Monday’s event following the release of a joint faculty-student petition titled “Creating a … Continue reading

Victim Blaming: It’s Not About ‘Weakness’

Victim Blaming: It’s Not About ‘Weakness’

There’s yet another elephant in rooms around Northwestern these days, now that instances of racial and other harassment (and even bullying) have come to the forefront. That untamed animal? Victim blaming and shaming. It’s pretty self explanatory. X commits a crime by bullying or Harrassing Y. While X is the offender, Y gets all or … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Chet “Haze” Hanks

Dear Chet, I can only imagine how amazing it must feel to be an infamous up-and-coming rapper consistently mocked in pop culture as an ambassador of NU. I’m sure you enjoy all the press, both good and bad. After all, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right? That’s until I read your tweet about … Continue reading

When White Privilege and Media Intersect

Institutional racism is still alive and well, even in a supposedly “liberal” American media. Indeed, it’s a reality both in national publications and perhaps even here at Northwestern. For those who don’t understand institutionalized racism, here’s a bit of a primer. It’s different than racial prejudice, through which people’s learned and oft-premeditated social attitudes translate … Continue reading

How to Bridge Diversity from Guilt to Justice

How to Bridge Diversity from Guilt to Justice

“It was the sincerity of hurt that you could see. You could see the pain on his face on what he had experienced.” It’s the raw emotion that resonated with McCormick senior Ben Shorofsky as he remembered the Ski Team’s conversation with Weinberg senior Kellyn Lewis following last weekend’s Beer Olympics. In an interview early Wednesday morning, Shorofsky noted that … Continue reading

On Campus Crusade’s Bait-and-Switch Tactics

On Campus Crusade’s Bait-and-Switch Tactics

Congratulations to Campus Crusade for Christ on making Markwell famous at Northwestern University in 2012. Or infamous, depending on who you ask. If you thought your days of glaring peacefully at a blank sidewalk on campus had returned after the Associated Student Government elections, and the recent spurts of rain, you were wrong. With videos, … Continue reading

I’ll Eat My Fried Chicken With Pride

I’ll Eat My Fried Chicken With Pride

It’s a common racial stereotype: black people love eating fried chicken. Now I’m not going to pretend that it isn’t true for me. You’ll catch me every once in a while in line at Chicken Shack or in the Popeye’s drive-thru (not soon before a long session at SPAC). I eat my fried chicken wherever and … Continue reading