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Derrick Clifton served as an award-winning weekly social issues columnist and opinion editor for The Daily Northwestern for two years prior to his 2012 graduation from Northwestern University's School of Communication. Currently, Derrick is an M.S. candidate at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, focusing on interactive publishing and magazine writing.

Derrick and his works have appeared in various publications and blogs, such as National Review Online, Gawker, The Windy City Times, Thought Catalog, The Good Men Project, In Our Words and Northwestern Magazine, which named him one of eight Class of 2012 "Seniors to Watch." He has also successfully worked as a media consultant, public speaking and debate coach, and as a community volunteer in the Chicago area.

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Entries by Derrick Clifton

Robin Roberts Comes Out, and Out Roll the 'Gay' Labels

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 3:57 PM

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts publicly acknowledged her long-time girlfriend for the first time on Sunday, in a note published via her Facebook fan page. Not too long after, news outlets pounced on the story.

In fact, many people and reports labeled Roberts'...

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Q&A: 'Asian Girlz' Singer Joe Anselm of Day Above Ground

(35) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 1:29 PM

With lyrics such as "I love your creamy yellow thighs," and "ooh your slanted eyes," it's not hard to imagine why many music lovers have been outraged about one Los Angeles-based band's new music video.

Day Above Ground's "Asian Girlz" premiered last week on YouTube to a flurry...

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What's Behind Criticisms of Those Red Equal Signs in Your Facebook Feed?

(72) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 7:23 PM

What in the world could be wrong with it?

It's been all over Facebook and Twitter as part of a wider social media campaign for marriage equality. If you're especially savvy, you're aware that it's a spin on the Human Rights Campaign's logo (which they've self-promoted). And if your Facebook...

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It's About Time We 'Wake Up' and Listen to Black Youth

(70) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 7:35 PM

If you've recently heard about black youth in news reports, it's likely that you recall reading about gun violence or crime. But was the perspective of at least one black youth included in what you read or watched? Probably not.

Instead, we usually see portraits and mugshots packaged with...

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Timothy Kurek and the Problem of the 'Straight Savior': Thoughts on an Unredeeming Social Experiment

(74) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 3:36 PM

As a gay Christian who grew up internalizing anti-gay theology, I can do without Timothy Kurek attempting to describe any aspect of what I endured. It's unacceptable for him and his book to appropriate and distort gay identity, even for the sake of reaching out to homophobic audiences....

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