The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Dennis Austin, Senior Columnist

Born in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, my musings reflect my experiences of growing up at the intersection of race and politics. Several years ago I spent time as an organizer for the campaigns of Rahm Emanuel and Bernie Sanders, while also meeting former President Barack Obama. A political science major, I intend to enter law school after graduation.

Reach me at [email protected]

All content by Dennis Austin
Fraternities Zeta Beta Tau and Zeta Psi stand outside the Undergraduate Library during Quad Day Aug. 22 as they try and recruit new members. Columnist Dennis Austin believes that greek life behaviors are failing the university and its reputation.

Opinion | Greek life’s behavior fails our university

The death of Adam Oakes has reaffirmed many people’s...

Standing atop rubble with retired New York City firefighter Bob Beckwith Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, President George W. Bush rallies firefighters and rescue workers during an impromptu speech at the site of the collapsed World Trade Center in New York City. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that America is void of its post 9/11 unity.

DI Voices | America is void of its post-9/11 unity

The anniversary has passed; but what remains are the...

Delta employees participate in NYC Heritage of Pride on June 25, 2017. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that White gay cultures toxicity resembles racism.

Opinion | White gay culture’s toxicity resembles racism

We must acknowledge and accept a harsh reality. There...

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, listens to a reporter’s question at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that Donald Trumps demise is partly due to how he handled last summers events with COVID-19 and racial injustice.

Opinion | Recognize last summer as leadership liquidation

In the midst of a nation on fire, the former president...

The OnlyFans logo is pictured above. OnlyFans has provided an outlet for people to post photos of themselves.

Opinion | OnlyFans announcement exposes creator economy fantasy

On Aug. 20, news broke that OnlyFans would be banning...

Alma Mater stands tall at the corner of Wright and Green streets dressed in a commencement robe. University students remind each other that making mistakes is part of your educational journey.

DI Voices | Embrace failure, trials, tribulations in education

On a bitterly cold evening in Palos Hills at Moraine...

An advertisement of the Fox News anchors is pasted on the side of a building in New York City on June 29, 2019. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that America and the citizens who live there are becoming increasingly selfish.

Opinion | American selfishness, ignorance elicit lunacy

We — ladies and gentlemen — have arrived at a crossroads...

Former US President Donald Trump walks with his team from the White House to visit St. Johns Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd on June 1 in Washington, DC. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that Trump promotes white supremacy and encourages bad behavior.

Opinion | Donald Trump exemplifies white, evangelical hypocrisy

Americans suffer under the influence of white, conservative,...

Opinion: Coronavirus Invigorates Fresh Inspection Regarding Greek Life

Opinion: Coronavirus Invigorates Fresh Inspection Regarding Greek Life

 Opinion writer Dennis Austin takes a look...

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh introduces Donald Trump at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit on Dec. 21, 2019. Columnist Dennis Austin argues that Limbaugh should not be remembered in a positive light.

Opinion | Limbaugh’s legacy deserves no sympathy

Rush Limbaugh is dead. Good riddance. Tradition dictates...

Opinion | U.S. must improve civics education

Opinion | U.S. must improve civics education

From the beginning of Donald Trump's political career,...

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Chadwick Boseman speaks at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International for “Black Panther.” Columnist Dennis proclaims Boseman was more than an actor and that he will live on in fans’ memories as a social and political justice advocate.

Opinion | Boseman legacy advances Black representation

Chadwick Boseman — as one friend put it to me —...

Demonstrators, led by Martin Luther King Jr, participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963.

Opinion | Juneteenth represents continued struggle for Black freedom

Being Black in America almost renders one to near insanity.  We...

Protesters demonstrate following the death of George Floyd.

Opinion | Protest opposition forgets American tradition of violence | Part II

In any context, riots are merely a symptom of an illness...

A depiction of the Boston Massacre which occurred on March 5, 1770.

Opinion | Protest opposition forgets American tradition of violence | Part 1

Minneapolis has captured the world’s attention,...

Opinion | Coronavirus erodes Trump’s re-election chances

Opinion | Coronavirus erodes Trump’s re-election chances

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has been...

Opinion | Semester cancellation is not what we need

Opinion | Semester cancellation is not what we need

The University of Illinois’ Academic Senate will...

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with supporters at a phone bank at his presidential campaign office in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 28. Columnist Dennis questions Biden’s future.

Opinion | Where does Joe Biden go from here?

Bernie Sanders scored his second consecutive primary...

Kobe Bryant shooting at the free throw line during a pre-season NBA game in 2005.

Opinion | What Kobe Bryant meant to the black community

As we enter Black History Month, we must remember black...

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