Atlanta Falcons owner donating $17M to civil rights museum

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — The billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank’s family foundation announced the gift to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights on Thursday. The vast majority of the money will fund a new, three-story west wing at the downtown Atlanta museum that will include space to educate visitors about lynching. The remaining $2 million will be used to fund storytelling and other projects that connect the history of racial injustice to contemporary challenges. Blank co-founded Home Depot Inc. He bought the Falcons in 2002 and also owns the Atlanta United soccer team.last_img read more

This Negative Socialization Must Be Reversed

first_imgA pervasive remnant of slavery, systemic racism is woven into the fabric of American society through a conscious and consistent negative socialization process. This means that since slavery, the American society at large has been processed to identify with, learn and accept social norms, values, behavior that demean the black race. Unless relentless efforts are made to reverse this negative socialization, whatever measures are taken to address the existing conflicts will be like placing a bandaid on a gunshot wound. Historically, whites were socialized to see blacks as conditioned for hard labor, violent, fearsome individuals on which force must be used, objects of illicit sex, and lower class people who didn’t warrant respect from white folks.  Policing Black Bodies  There was a conscious, prolonged systemic campaign to vilify and dehumanize black folks—from minstrel shows that portrayed blacks as lazy, illiterate buffoons to redlining and the criminalization of young black makes as “superpredators” in the 1990s—all to keep them from being afforded the same rights as whites. Dr. Gary Potter describes it best in The History of Policing in the United States:“Slave patrols had three primary functions: (1) to chase down, apprehend, and return to their owners, runaway slaves; (2) to provide a form of organized terror to deter slave revolts; and, (3) to maintain a form of discipline for slave-workers who were subject to summary justice, outside of the law…Following the Civil War, these vigilante-style organizations evolved in modern Southern police departments primarily as a means of controlling freed slaves…and enforcing “Jim Crow” segregation laws, designed to deny freed slaves equal rights and access to the political system.” The historic systematic dehumanization of the enslaved African is well documented—though much of it is whitewashed, misrepresented in history books, and is not properly taught in schools. In fact, slaves were considered to be two-thirds of a human—their primary function being to enhance their masters’ economic status, providing free labor on tobacco, cotton and other plantations.  It felt like a slap in the face. Even as Americans visibly protested police brutality against black Americans, a white police officer in Atlanta, Georgia, chased and shot a black man twice in his back killing him. The man had originally been apprehended by the officer and his partner, for sleeping in his car which blocked the drive-through lane at a Wendy’s restaurant. To understand why, even today, the police—or any white person for that matter—believe they have the unfettered right to police black bodies, one must look at slave patrols. Their job was simple—to control the movements and behaviors of slaves. If we look at how predominantly black communities are surveilled and policed, it is essentially the same concept. center_img As if one needed more proof, this latest incident, even amidst national protest, is solid evidence of systemic racism in America.   One positive sign emerging from the current protests, is most Americans seem tired of racism. Additionally, a significant number of white Americans are aware they are unfamiliar with the black experience, awaking to the realization they were involuntarily socialized over time to not accept blacks as equals.  The enslaved were underfed, forced to live in squalor, deliberately kept uneducated, denied medical care, and were easily dispensed with if they were ill and unable to produce. When slaves retaliated they were violently punished.  This negative socialization continued long after slavery, segregation, the civil rights movement, and is still pervasive today. This, despite black people making various significant contributions to American society in business, sports, entertainment, politics, medicine, academia, etc.  It’s not too late to reverse this negative socialization. However, it would need to be the collaborative effort of the best brains and profound commitment of black, white and brown America to develop and implement a national educational strategy from K1 to post graduate college, spilled over to societal institutions including the workplace, church, and chambers of all levels of government.  Today, blacks continue to be aggressively disciplined, punished, and abused by law enforcement. And, for over 400 years, relatively little has been done to reverse the negative stereotypes—therefore, blacks are often thought to deserve the treatment meted out by police.  As calls intensify to change brutal policing against blacks, remove symbols commemorating the humiliation and brutality of slavery, and to give more social rights and recognition to blacks, none of these measures will fundamentally reverse the negative way in which white America has been socialized to view black America.last_img read more

Ghana FA to hold press conference over World Cup failure

first_imgIn the wake of Ghana’s exit from the FIFA World Cup in the group stage, the Ghana Football Association will hold a press conference in Accra to shed light on the country’s abysmal performance.The press conference to be held at the Alisa Hotel at 1.00 pm today is expected to give a blow-by-blow account of the national team’s participation in the tournament.Ghana made their third-straight appearance at the World Cup in Brazil. But they crashed out after losing to Portugal in the last Group G game. Woeful on-the -pitch performance was outclassed by much more woeful performance off-the-pitch.Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah, the GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi and the entire Black Stars squad especially Sulley Muntari and attacker Kevin Prince Boateng find themselves on the chopping board of strong criticism following a less-than-the-standard performance at the World Cup.Sulley and Kelvin were sacked from the camp before the game against Portugal for acts of indiscipline. There were persistent media reports of some players fomenting mutiny. And they were earlier denied by the GFA. The final straw was after the players insisted on receiving their $100,000 appearance fee or boycott the game. The government okayed the physical transfer of $3 million to Brazil via a chartered flight hours before the game. Nonetheless, Ghana lost 2-1 to Portugal, activating a first round exit – short of an ambition to reach the semi-finalsGhana FA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi has attributed the failure by the Black Stars to cross the first round at this year’s World Cup to the “appearance fee syndrome”.”Money, money, money had been the refrain by the players, and it is a pity they allowed this to ruin our World Cup,” he has lamented.The president has called for a committee to investigate the record failure.last_img read more

FSU’s Marvin Wilson calls out Mike Norvell for ‘lie’ about George Floyd discussion

first_imgFlorida State star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson is among the players upset with first-year coach Mike Norvell’s comments to The Athletic in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.   Norvell told The Athletic’s Tashan Reed that he “went back and forth individually with every player” last weekend after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.   Here is an excerpt of Norvell’s interview with The Athletic: #FSU head coach Mike Norvell (@Coach_Norvell) had individual conversations with every player on his roster this past weekend focused on the events surrounding the death of George Floyd. Here’s his full quote to @TheAthletic:— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) June 2, 2020MORE: Drew Brees apologies for comments about protests during anthem Wilson, who bypassed the NFL Draft this season to return to the Seminoles, took exception to that answer. Wilson said Norvell sent a generated text, and that players will not work out until further notice.  Man this 💩 did not happen mane. We got a generated text that was sent to everybody. There was no one on one talk between us and coach. This is a lie and me and my teammates as a whole are outraged and we will not be working out until further notice 💯 #hunchoout— HEAD HUNCHO💧 (@marvinwilson21) June 4, 2020Norvell was hired at Florida State after leading Memphis to a 12-1 record and a berth in the Cotton Bowl last season.  Chauvin had a third-degree murder upgraded to a second-degree murder charge this week. The other three officers involved were charged with aiding and abetting a second-degree murder while committing a felony and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.last_img read more