It Matters | Black History Month and ‘Erasure’

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS In 2005, actor Morgan Freeman voiced his opinion on Black History Month during an interview with Mike Wallace for the show 60 Minutes. In a word, he called it “ridiculous.”Freeman elaborated: Black history is American History, and so shouldn’t be delegated to a single month where we pay attention to it. Wallace pushed back: how’re we supposed to end racism without it? Freeman responded, “Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You’re not going to say, ‘I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ Hear what I’m saying?”You can watch the moment here.I first came across this quote and Freeman’s interview in high school, about five or six years after he’d given it. In early 2005 I was just 11 years old, probably didn’t have a clear idea of who Morgan Freeman was outside of Bruce Almighty, and though I’d already undergone some racially-charged experiences in my life, I was still at a stage where I didn’t think of “black” as an important descriptor of myself. By the time I was 16 or 17, though, Mr. Freeman and I were of the same mind: I often told people I didn’t want to be seen or thought of as “black” before anything else: “black girl,” “black friend,” “black student,” “black kid.” I was just Kathryn.I thought this mindset fit for many years. I thought I had a clear perspective. I thought I had a strong point. Now, let me be clear: I did have a point. Morgan Freeman has a point. The desire he and I were voicing is valid and true and deserves attention. But when I went back and read an essay I wrote in college called “Defiance,” in which I recount a moment during my junior year of high school when a new friend regarded me as his “black friend,” I realized that what I and Morgan Freeman were practicing was erasure.I didn’t quite know how to process this, so I wrote about it, and I produced an essay of the same name: “Erasure,” for my master’s thesis where I talked about all the moments of overt prejudice and racism that I endured and ignored and explained away, and how wrong I was for handling myself that way. I no longer agreed with my teenage self; now it was 2017, I was almost 24 and in grad school, and in the time since being 17, I learned that my race — my blackness — matters. Not as a qualifier, or descriptor, or disclaimer, but because it is a bigger and more important part of myself than I realized. My blackness is my history and heritage and story, and it shapes and has shaped each of my experiences. It must matter to me not just because I’m black, but because I know I live in a world that will always see me as black first.“Erasure” was soon published online in Linden Avenue Literary Journal in 2018, and then revised to become a part of my debut book, Black Was Not A Label in 2019, and I’m still learning from it. In writing the essay, I faced how I stifled myself and my black identity. I embraced the parts of myself I tried to pretend are unimportant.Like myself and Mr. Freeman, America has practiced erasure, but to the point of devastation. For this reason, and this reason alone, Black History Month is still important. A focused period of time when the history of black people and how we have contributed to a country that used our bodies, families, and souls to commit its original sin is needed to show people that blackness matters, that it is good, that it is capable, beautiful, intelligent, and worthy. That our history is American history, and it is important.Does this mean that discussions, lessons, ideas, art exhibitions, and projects about black history should only be delegated to February? Absolutely not. Will there be a day when Black History Month is no longer necessary? I hope so. Because that day will mean that our history is acknowledged and taught as widely and richly as America’s white history. It won’t only be a specialization or emphasis for college students, but will truly be what it has always been: an integral part of the interwoven fabric that is America. More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Opinion & Columnists It Matters | Black History Month and ‘Erasure’ Blackness can’t be ignored or explained away By KATHRYN H. 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Student Tweeting Scandal Part of a Broader Problem

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – While it may not necessarily be a sign of the times, recent events involving a Brookdale Community College student and his tweets shines on a phenomena that is worthy of study.Psychologist Dr. Daniel J. Tomasulo said the vulgar cyber assault leveled against the daughter of ESPN baseball analyst and former Major Leaguer Curt Schilling by a male Brookdale student and a male Montclair State University graduate seems to fall into the category of what the researchers and therapists have labeled the “online disinhibitor effect.”The effect, which is also referred to as “flame trolling,” is seen in cyber bullying in many forms and is done by individuals who “cannot even imagine the layer of the consequences,” for their actions, Tomasulo explained. It is the loosening—or complete abandonment—of social restrictions and inhibitions that would be present in the usual face-to-face interaction.“They act before they even think,” Tomasulo noted.Often this behavior would be seen in small children, acting in egocentric ways common to their age, Tomasulo said.Researchers have been studying this behavior for a relatively short period—about 15 years—in the rise of Internet usage—in the age of chatrooms, blogging, Twitter and other social media and response sections for online publications, where responders can go off on vicious, occasionally anonymously and sometimes completely unrelated tangents. “The idea is that you’re sitting in your comfortable environment, there’s no threat to you and you can’t anticipate a reaction,” is how Tomasulo characterized those perpetrating the action.Some researchers suspect this may be related to activity in the amygdala section of the brain. But, “To be honest it hasn’t been studied enough to understand it,” he acknowledged.But another theory offered is that in some cases this is done to incite an argument or cause polarization, similar to what political provocateurs like Rush Limbaugh or Bill Maher do, Tomasulo said.College officials said a student, later identified by the college as Adam Negel, a 20-year-old Edison resident, was suspended on Monday, following being identified by Schilling as a source in the tweets aimed at Schilling’s daughter. The other man was identified as Sean McDonald.Schilling said he was bombarded with sexually explicit tweets following the recent announcement that his daughter, Gabby, will be attending college in Rhode Island.In his blog, Schilling said the tweets intimated sexual assault, “and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom.”Schiller went to note he spent a lifetime in the male environment of professional sports. “I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb crap.” But, he continued, “I can’t ever remember, drunk in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone.”Along with being suspended, Nagel, who had been a member of the college’s student radio club and hosted a one-hour show, was taken off the air and won’t be permitted to return, according to a statement released by the college.The statement went on to say Nagel’s tweets “are unacceptable and clearly violate the standards of conduct that are expected of all Brookdale students.” Negal now faces a college conduct hearing “where further disciplinary action will be taken.” And college police are working with local authorities on a continuing investigation, school officials said.“Brookdale takes this behavior very seriously and does not tolerate any form of harassment,” the college statement added.The Asbury Park Press reported that MacDonald was fired from a part-time job as a ticket-seller for the New York Yankees.Both men have since shut down their social media accounts, according to various media sources.Tomasulo, a former Brookdale faculty member, who now teaches at New Jersey City University, commended Brookdale for its quick and decisive handling of the situation and for Schilling’s to-the-point response.“I think until we figure this out,” he said, “the best thing is what we have here: really swift consequences.” – By John Burtonlast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Doug Bothamley Cashspiel Champs

first_imgBob Ursel rink of Kelowna managed to claim the top prize at the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cashspiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead, Fred Thomson of Nelson, won $2,100 by defeating Myron Nichol of Castlegar 6-2 in the A Final.The Ursel rink now prepares to challenge for the BC Senior Men’s title in Enderby. Mallard’s Source for sports wants to spotlight not only the Ursel rink with Team of the Week honours but also the entire organizing committee of the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cashspiel.last_img read more

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NLEX loses big lead, holds off Alaska for 3rd consecutive win

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Down by only three, 92-89, with 11.6 ticks left, Alaska committed a costly turnover after Kevin Racal’s inbound pass went too strong.“I was wrong again,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. “You really need a 30-point lead to beat Alaska. Even with a 30-point lead, we were not safe.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlas poured in 15 points, eight rebounds, and two dimes off the bench, Fonacier shot three treys to collect 15 markers, four boards, and four assists, and Raul Soyud also had 15 points and seven rebounds.Ravena had a near triple-double effort with 12 markers, 10 assists, and six boards, while JR Quiñahan got 12 points, five dimes, and four rebounds as NLEX improved to 5-4. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESNLEX blew a 30-point lead before surviving Alaska, 96-89, Sunday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Road Warriors took a 87-57 with 9:46 left but the Aces pulled to within two, 91-89, with 13.9 seconds remaining before Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena and Larry Fonacier hit free throws to seal their team’s third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Ateneo stuns UST for first win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments NLEX 96 — Alas 15, Fonacier 15, Soyud 15, Quiñahan 12, Ravena 12, Miranda 8, Tiongson 8, Mallari 4, Baguio 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Gotladera 2, Taulava 0.ALASKA 89 — Casio 12, Manuel 12, Teng 12, Abueva 10, Cruz 10, Enciso 10, Exciminiano 7, Banchero 4, Racal 4, Thoss 4, Potts 3, J. Pascual 1, Baclao 0.Quarters: 29-18, 52-32, 79-54, 96-89.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “I think this win is good for us in terms of learning a lot of lessons. The two games we won before this were really hard games and I think they helped us in terms of just keeping our composure in the end game,” said Guiao.It was a tough defeat for the Aces, who scored 19 unanswered points to get themselves back in the game, 87-76, with 4:25 remaining before Quiñahan stopped the drought for the Road Warriors.Vic Manuel pumped in 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists for Alaska, which saw its six-game winning streak snapped.JVee Casio and Jeron Teng both got 12 in the defeat, the Aces’ third in nine outings.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

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CRIME ALERT: WOMAN LEFT DEVASTATED AS HOME BURGLED WHILE ON HOLIDAYS

first_imgCRIME ALERT: Homeowners are being warned to be vigilant after a home was broken into by callous thieves who completely ransacked the property. Donegal Daily has been contacted by a member of the family who was a victim of this appalling crime to issue an appeal to other homeowners to be extremely vigilant.The family hope an appeal will avoid the same thing happening to anyone else. The woman whose property was robbed – is currently on holiday with her son.She received notification this morning that her family home had been gutted by burglars.A laptop, PlayStation 3, ornaments, jewellery and some other very personal belongings were taken from the home.The woman has been left devastated by the crime and doesn’t return from her holidays until tomorrow. The incident took place in the Glencar Area in Letterkenny (College Park)The family member told Donegal Daily, “It’s disgusting families can’t even go on holiday safely.“My mother had saved up for ages to go away on holiday with my younger brother and it has been absolutely ruined now.“They’ve trashed the house as well, it’s clearly a really nasty bunch of people.Gardaí have already started to investigate the incident. If you notice any suspicious activity then contact Gardaí as it might help with their enquiries into a string of burglaries which have been carried out in recent weeks.CRIME ALERT: WOMAN LEFT DEVASTATED AS HOME BURGLED WHILE ON HOLIDAYS was last modified: July 31st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Home-page Newslast_img read more

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Linzi Lewis: eco-warrior for environmental awareness

first_imgLinzi Lewis wears many hats. She describes herself as an urban geographer and ethno-botanist. Fiercely protective of her Mother Earth, she says she is constantly mindful of her relationship between herself and the planet.Constantly looking for ways where art and science collide Lewis uses arts facilitation techniques for shared learning. Lewis, also a dancer, is a woman of action and works at a grass roots level. In 2011 she galvanised an “AMbush revolution” and formed the AMbush Eco-Art Collective. This is “a collective of eco-artist-activists, sustainable designers, social change makers, performers, recyclers and ‘evolutionaries’”, she says.last_img read more

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6. An open letter to Wood County Fair youth exhibitors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In response to activists that petitioned to end a 50-year tradition of the “Catch a Pig” event in Wood County, Ty Higgins wrote an open letter encouraging the youth exhibitors to represent agriculture well despite the off-color picket signs and questionable tactics employed by protesters. This is definitely worth a read for all youth exhibitors both in Wood County and around Ohio.last_img

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Relationships With Telecoms Gets NSA 75% Of Internet Traffic

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud The NSA’s new Utah Data Center, codenamed Bumblehive, under construction.The National Security Agency is probably wishing for the days it wasn’t in the news. But following the leak of classified information from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, headlines are nearly a daily occurrence.Case in point: the Wall Street Journal is reporting new information that demonstrates the NSA has the ability to intercept about 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic though various programs that work with telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon.Notably, like their counterpart Internet companies in Project PRISM, such telecoms also appear to have a special relationship with the NSA and U.S. intelligence agencies. Not only are the data collections at risk for broad surveillance practices, but the networks themselves are appearing to be increasingly ill-suited for anyone expecting privacy in their Internet transactions.Once requests are made for blocks of Internet traffic the NSA suspects may be of interest—such as foreign intelligence, criminal or encrypted traffic—the telecom companies will perform a first-level filtering on their data and deliver it to the NSA. At that point, the NSA copies the data and starts aggressively searching for items of interest with a second-level pass.Even as the WSJ’s sources detailed the logistics of what is going on with the NSA’s data collection activities, several sources in the WSJ article emphasized that if domestic information and data is accidentally scooped up in their searches, it is quickly destroyed once it is shown to be irrelevant.But the flip side seems to be equally true: if any domestic data is found to be interesting, then it’s neatly tucked away for later analysis. Such collection of U.S. citizens’ data would seem to be walking right up to the line of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, if not crossing it. The problem is, with intelligence-gathering warrants shrouded in as much secrecy as the methods used to gather data, there’s no way to tell. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting readwrite Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Tags:#now#nsa#Prism Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts last_img read more

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Gennady Golovkin returns to ring June 8 vs Steve Rolls

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Although Golovkin will start as a clear favorite, Rolls is adamant he has the tools to cause the former world champion problems.“I’ve won national championships and represented my country, and Golovkin is just a man,” the 35-year-old said. “I’m coming to win this fight and put my name among the best middleweights in the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on September 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Canelo Alvarez in a rematch on September 15 at T-Mobile Arena. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPFormer middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin will fight undefeated Canadian Steve Rolls in June as he returns to the ring following his defeat to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last year.Golovkin, 37 will take on Rolls on June 8 at Madison Square Garden, New York, as he launches a comeback that could culminate with a third fight against Alvarez later this year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The hard-hitting Kazakhstan veteran lost his WBC, IBO and WBA titles last year when he was defeated by Alvarez via majority decision at their Las Vegas rematch, one year after a controversial draw.Since that defeat, Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) has signed a new six-fight deal with DAZN, the sports streaming platform.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I am very excited to be returning to the ring and bringing the Big Drama Show back to Madison Square Garden,” Golovkin said. “The Garden’s fans are fantastic.”The Toronto-based Rolls has compiled an unbeaten record with 19 wins out of 19 including 10 knockouts. Back in the series Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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