Racism

Herbert London: Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is NBA

May 14, 2014

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.”

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. 

4/28/14 Panel

Apr 28, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post and WAMC Newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Ukraine Latest
Phillipines Accord
Pope Canonizations
Clippers Controversy
South Korea Resignation

City of Troy NY Police Department

The FBI has elected NOT to investigate a Capital Region police force.

The FBI has no interest in looking into Troy Police involved in the January 25th brawl at Kokopellis Night Club.

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.

    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.

But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.

A Community Divided

Feb 10, 2014
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

A community march sparked by a bar brawl in Troy has initiated debate and division in the Collar City and beyond.

Security and mobile phone videos of a late-January nightclub brawl seem to show police overpowering patrons at Kokopellis,  including the severe beating of one individual. Police say they followed procedure.

A patchwork of media coverage paints a picture of an evening gone awry after police were summoned late last month to quell a disturbance at a Troy, New York nightspot.

The chain of events that has ensued crystallizes tonight with a series of citizen-action events.

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.

Herbert London: Paranoid Style Revisited

Nov 27, 2013

Alan Wolfe, the professor of political science at Boston College, has written a reprise of Richard Hofstadter’s 1965 book Paranoid Style In American Politics for the October 25th edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. 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.

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.

Bill Minutaglio 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 Dallas 1963, they explore the city and the years leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

At a time when athletics are at the forefront of both academic and professional sports activity in the United States, it’s of special interest to see their effect in both areas;  a major chunk of which is being played out in the political arena.  Still dominant is the factor of race prejudice, intensified by the presence of an African-American President, with strong interests in both sectors.

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