Racism http://wamc.org en Paul Elisha: A World Made Safe For Differences http://wamc.org/post/paul-elisha-world-made-safe-differences <p>We have come to that point in our nationhood, where our cohesion is at serious risk.&nbsp; To paraphrase John Dunne, no one of us is an island, entire to itself; everyone is a part of the main, because we are all involved in humankind.&nbsp; He was right, because in Latin, ‘homo’ translates as a male or female person or fellow creature.&nbsp; Yet, despite all of our inclusive rhetoric, there are still those among us, who would reverse the democratic process in this fragile democracy to the most despicable meaning of “State’s Rights,” in which those of color are excluded and denied inclusion, except as sub-human members of the work-herd, as the ‘State’s-Right’ politicos once considered them.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Paul Elisha 92787 at http://wamc.org Herbert London: Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is NBA http://wamc.org/post/herbert-london-hypocrisy-thy-name-nba <div>L’affaire Sterling is nearing an end. Almost every sentient human being is aware of Don Sterling’s rancid racist comments. He has been banned from the NBA forever and he is being forced to sell his team, the Los Angeles Clippers. All of this is known. Adam Silver, Commissioner of the NBA, has been heralded for his quick, and “appropriate” action. The legendary Michael Jordan summarized the view of players and owners by noting: “As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. As a fellow player, I am completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA – or anywhere else – for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed.”</div><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Herbert London 90412 at http://wamc.org Teacher/Coach Fired Over Twitter Re-Tweet http://wamc.org/post/teachercoach-fired-over-twitter-re-tweet <p>The same week as an international firestorm over racist comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the question of what people can and cannot say — and where potentially offensive conversations take place — is echoing closer to home. The Albany City School District dismissed an employee after she re-tweeted a viral tweet on her personal account.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 16:35:40 +0000 Dave Lucas 89568 at http://wamc.org Teacher/Coach Fired Over Twitter Re-Tweet 4/28/14 Panel http://wamc.org/post/42814-panel <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post and WAMC Newsman Ray Graf.</p><p>Topics include:<br />Ukraine Latest<br />Phillipines Accord<br />Pope Canonizations<br />Clippers Controversy<br />South Korea Resignation</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89165 at http://wamc.org 4/28/14 Panel FBI Backs Away From Troy PD Investigation http://wamc.org/post/fbi-backs-away-troy-pd-investigation <p>The FBI has elected NOT to investigate a Capital Region police force.</p><p>The FBI has no interest in looking into Troy Police involved in the<a href="http://wamc.org/post/incident-kokopellis-finding-racism-where-some-say-there-none" target="_blank"> January 25th brawl at Kokopellis</a> Night Club.</p><p>Troy Police Chief John Tedesco says he was notified by officials from the bureau on Tuesday that they will not be investigating the actions of the police officers who responded to a call from the club.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:39:38 +0000 Dave Lucas 86836 at http://wamc.org FBI Backs Away From Troy PD Investigation Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder http://wamc.org/post/ebony-ivy-craig-steven-wilder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country.</p><p>But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596916818/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1596916818&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1596916818" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 74924 at http://wamc.org Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder A Community Divided http://wamc.org/post/community-divided <p>A community march sparked by a bar brawl in Troy has initiated debate and division in the Collar City and beyond.</p><p></p><p>Security and mobile phone videos of<a href="http://wamc.org/post/incident-kokopellis-finding-racism-where-some-say-there-none" target="_blank"> a late-January nightclub brawl </a>seem to show police overpowering patrons at Kokopellis,&nbsp; including the severe beating of one individual. Police say they followed procedure.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:25:05 +0000 Dave Lucas 83555 at http://wamc.org A Community Divided Incident At Kokopellis: Finding Racism Where Some Say There Is None? http://wamc.org/post/incident-kokopellis-finding-racism-where-some-say-there-none <p>A patchwork of media coverage paints a picture of an evening gone awry after police were summoned late&nbsp;last month to quell a disturbance at a Troy, New York nightspot.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The chain of events that has ensued crystallizes tonight with a series of citizen-action events.</p><p>Police say they responded to 124 4th Street in Troy during the wee hours of Saturday, Janaury 25th, answering a call that an employee at Kokopellis nightclub had been assaulted. Initial reports stated a brawl broke out after some patrons were observed to be smoking marijuana.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:12:10 +0000 Dave Lucas 83182 at http://wamc.org Incident At Kokopellis: Finding Racism Where Some Say There Is None? Herbert London: Paranoid Style Revisited http://wamc.org/post/herbert-london-paranoid-style-revisited <p>Alan Wolfe, the professor of political science at Boston College, has written a reprise of Richard Hofstadter’s 1965 book <em>Paranoid Style In American Politics</em> for the October 25<sup>th</sup> edition of <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em>. Hofstadter in the 1950’s attempted to explain the inner workings of the political mind, i.e., the conservative mind. For Hofstadter, conservative positions that are based on repealing laws instead of passing them are signs of paranoia.</p><p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:50:00 +0000 Herbert London 78719 at http://wamc.org "Dallas 1963" By Bill Minutaglio http://wamc.org/post/dallas-1963-bill-minutaglio <p>In the early 1960s Dallas, Texas was brewing with political passions-a city crammed with larger than life characters dead set against the Kennedy Presidency.</p><p><a href="http://www.billminutaglio.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill Minutaglio</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Steven Davis now provide an account of the city that would become infamous for the assassination of a president of the United States. In their new history </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Dallas 1963</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, they explore the city and the years leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77015 at http://wamc.org "Dallas 1963" By Bill Minutaglio