Journalist explores history of racism in America, connection to modern-day

first_imgJournalist Jelani Cobb explored America’s history of racism as well as its present existence Tuesday night. Cobb, a professor in the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has been published in The Washington Post and has written a series of articles centered on race, the police and injustice for The New Yorker.Kathryne Robinson His lecture, titled “The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today,” was hosted by the Dean’s Fellows of the College of Arts and Letters. Cobb said race replays itself constantly as a theme in history.“It’s not simply an issue,” Cobb said. “We can’t fundamentally understand how the country came into existence or what the country is without looking at this subject. … This idea of ‘We the People,’ this founding creed, that the ultimate authority is ‘we.’ But the more important question is who is this ‘we’? It’s a question we have never reconciled.”Cobb said he previously taught at Moscow University, and it was there that one of his colleagues mentioned a particular optimism he thought defined Americans. He said it’s this sense of optimism that is applied to our understanding of the past. However, he said he stands firm on the belief that progress is not permanent, and there’s always the potential of moving backwards.“Progress doesn’t look like a straight line,” Cobb said. “It looks more like an EKG. We’ve seen these great moments of peaks which have been followed by valleys with the hope that the peaks are higher and the valleys are shallow.”Cobb said the rise of hateful organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and acts such as lynching was fueled by an underlying objective to eliminate a sense of racial progress and was part of the resistance to racial integration and equality.Cobb said discrimination was not limited to African Americans and cited examples through history such as the Chinese Exclusion Act. He talked about inequality for African Americans among areas such as health care, life expectancy and unemployment rates.“We find that race matters in all these kinds of ways and that it continues to replicate the hierarchies that are baked into this country’s history,” Cobb said.Cobb said it is people’s responsibility to move the world in a desired direction. He said 2.9 million people took to the streets to protest after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, which demonstrates that movements come about when “abstract principles become concrete concerns.”“Despair is the ally of the people who you are fighting against,” Cobb said. “The whole point is to break people’s will and to leave people dispirited. But keep in mind the victories people have achieved against really large odds. Optimism is the fundamental building block of anything that comes after.”According to Cobb, that optimism is tragic because he believes racism will never fully disappear, but that it will turn from a fatal illness to a chronic ailment as people find better ways of addressing it.Cobb said there is no notion of a “post-racial society.” According to Cobb, there was an anxiety felt among some white groups who felt other racial groups were becoming more advantaged after the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, but that anxiety was a result of racism.“[If] you are defining your citizenship by your cumulative advantages over this group of people, then yes you will find progress to be threatening,” he said. “There’s no other word for that than racism.”Cobb said it was particularly the testing times of racism and injustice that acted as an impetus of moving forward with social progress.“The place where I find optimism is in each moment where we have encountered these values, where we find ourselves moving backward [that] has had a catalyzing effect on people of conscience who have come together and demand that we create a more decent, equitable and more democratic world,” he said. “We have seen that shockingly small number of people summon the will to perform acts of importance far beyond their numbers.”Tags: Discrimination, Jelani Cobb, Journalism, Obama, Politics, post-racial, Racismlast_img read more

LGPS Central launches £2bn multi-factor equity climate fund

first_imgLGPS Central, the asset pooling vehicle for nine UK local authority pension funds, has launched a multi-factor equity fund with a climate tilt.It brings together £2.1bn (€2.3bn) of assets from two of the pool’s local government pension scheme (LGPS) funds, with West Midlands Pension Fund and Cheshire Pension Fund the initial investors.The fund tracks the FTSE All-World Climate Balanced Comprehensive Factor Index and is designed to take into account “the risks and opportunities associated with climate change” while pursuing long-term superior investment returns.It is tilted away from companies with greater carbon emissions and the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel reserves, and favours those with revenues from environmentally-friendly products and/or services. Mike Weston, chief executive of LGPS Central, said: “The LGPS Central pool is fully aware of the risks and challenges that climate change poses – not only for the planet but also for investment returns – and our new fund enables us to align our shared sustainable investment ethos with our long-term investment goals.”The new sub fund, which is the pool’s seventh, will be managed in-house. LGPS Central’s partner pension funds have around £45bn in assets under management between them.last_img read more

Orange drop 3-1 decision to No. 8 Pittsburgh

first_img Published on October 5, 2018 at 9:46 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Syracuse’s historic undefeated start in ACC play came to an end on Friday night, as the Orange dropped a 3-1 decision to No. 8 Pittsburgh.Wearing their royal blue and gold retro uniforms, the Panthers (16-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast) outscored Syracuse (8-5, 4-1)  98-68 over the four sets. Pittsburgh’s hitting percentage of .319 more than doubled Syracuse’s .157.The loss extended SU’s losing streaks against both the Panthers and ranked opponents, each dating back to 2015.In the first set, senior setter Jalissa Trotter opened with a service error, sending the ball out of bounds. From there, the Panthers would go on to hold leads of 8-3, 13-4, and 22-6. The 25-9 final marked the first time the Orange were held to single-digit points in one of the first four sets since Sept. 1 of last season against No. 6 Wisconsin.The Orange held their own in the second set and found themselves in a 22-22 tie with a chance to turn the page. SU was unable to finish, however, losing 25-23, with back-to-back kills from sophomore Kayla Lund breaking the tie.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the third set, the Orange were able to finish, unlike the previous set. Up 24-22, a Lund kill brought the Panthers to within one. After calling a timeout to regroup and regain focus, a kill from Polina Shemanova won the Orange its first set.Playing out similar to the first set, Pittsburgh held leads of 10-3 and 20-10 in the fourth set, punctuated by a kill by Layne van Buskirk for the final point.Shemanova’s 10 kills led the Orange, however that total was her second lowest of the season and first time under 14 in conference play. Senior Santita Ebangwese had 10 blocks, while junior Kendra Lukacs contributed 12 digs.SU was unable to get its offense into a rhythm the entire match. They could not contain Pitt’s potent front line which was paced by Lund and Markovic with 21 and 18 kills, respectively.The Orange look to get back on track Sunday in their last of four consecutive road matches, taking on Virginia at 1 p.m. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more