Archive for Racism

Oscar Grant Murder

BY:JALA GARCIA

NEWS

last week Former Bart officer Johannes Mehserle 27-year-old plead not guilty to the murder of an unarmed 22 year-old Oscar Grant in an Alameda courtroom. On New Years day around two in the morning after a conflict Oscar Grant was detained by the police. Grant laid face down in handcuffs as Mehserle stood over him and shot him in the back. the citizens that were at the scene video recorded it with their cell phones and put it on the internet for the nation to see. Since the New Year shooting it took two weeks for Mehserle to be charged with the shooting. Many things happened such as riots and protests in the Oakland Area. Mehserle’s next court date will be held Jan. 26, 2009. it took the courts two weeks to arrest mehserle and he showed no remorse and has not apologized to the family of oscar grant.

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Stereotypes in Basketball

BY: FANUEL ALEM

THERE ARE MANY STEREOTYPES IN THE NBA, FOR EXAMPLE AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE CONSIDERED TO BE MORE FLASHY AND AGGRESSIVE THAN OTHER RACES. SOCIETY HAS PUT THIS IDEA THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ACHIEVEMENTS IN ACADEMICS IS LOWER THAN WHITE PEOPLE. THIS IS A COMPLETE STEREOTYPE AND GENERALIZATION AND NOW I’VE SEEN THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE SEEN AS MORE ATHLETIC THAN WHITE PEOPLE. YOU CAN CONNECT IT BACK TO SLAVERY TIMES WHEN BLACK PEOPLE WERE USED FOR THEIR STRENGTH. IT PLAYS OUT IN TODAY’S SOCIETY WHEN WE HEAR THAT BLACK PEOPLE ARE ONLY TALENTED IN SPORTS THAN ACADEMIA. TO THIS DAY IT PLAYS OUT LIKE THAT AND YOU HEAR IT, BUT IN A DIFFERENT WAY.THERE ARE SOME STEREOTYPES ABOUT OTHER ETHNICITIES LIKE HOW THEY HAVE MORE DISCIPLINE IN THE GAME AND HOW THEY’RE GOOD SHOOTERS BUT ARE LESS AGGRESSIVE. ALTHOUGH AFRICAN AMERICANS CAN DO ENTERTAINING AND FLASHY TRICKS WITH THE BALL IT STILL DOESN’T MAKE THEM BETTER BALL PLAYER’S. SOME TEAMS IN THE NBA HAVE TROUBLE WINNING GAMES BECAUSE OF THEIR FLASHY PLAYERS TRY TO TAKE THE GLORY AS OPPOSSED TO PLAYING AS A TEAM. AS A DEMANDING AUDIENCE MEMBER I PREFER WATCHING LEBRON JAMES AND ALLEN IVERSON BECAUSE THEIR PERFORMANCES ARE MORE APPEALING TO ME. I’M BLACK AND AS A BASKETBALL PLAYER IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN I HAVE TO BE A FLASHY ALL-STAR PLAYER TO BE KNOWN. IN MY BASKETBALL PRACTICES, I’VE NOTICED THE PLAYERS WHO GET THE MOST RECOGNITION FOR THEIR GAME ARE THE ONES WHO PLAY TEAM BALL, THIS MINDSET IS SOMETHING THAT SOME NBA TEAMS ARE LACKING AND PREVENTING THEM FROM WINNING GAMES. WE COULD TALK ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS LIKE THE SAN ANTONIO SPURS OR THE BOSTON CELTICS AS OPPOSED TO THE 05-06 LAKERS WHEN KOBE HAD 81 POINTS BUT COULDN’T EVEN GET HIS TEAM PAST THE 1 ROUND OF THE PLAY-OFFS. WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY IS THAT EVEN THOUGH THOSE TYPES OF PERFORMANCES ARE FUN TO WATCH, IT’S NOT THE BEST WAY TO WIN GAMES.

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LIFE CHANGES

By, KYLE GREENLIE

I’M 16 YEARS OLD AND I’M JUST STARTING TO THINK OF WHAT COLLEGES I WANT TO ATTEND, MY FUTURE GOALS, AND WHAT I WANT TO PURSUE IN LIFE. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER ONE OF MY FRIENDS WHO BARELY MANAGED TO GRADUATE FROM BERKLEY HIGH WAS ABLE TO CHANGE HIS LIFE AROUND AND ATTEND A FOUR YEAR COLLEGE. DURING HIGH SCHOOL HIS COUNSELOR HAD LITTLE HOPES TO SEE HIM GRADUATE FROM A UNIVERSITY. BUT DURING HIS WINTER BREAK HE THOUGHT HARD ABOUT WHAT HIS COUNSELOR HAD SAID. HE WAS TOLD THAT BEING AN AFRICAN AMERICAN THE CHANCES OF SUCCEEDING WERE ALREADY SLIM. HOWEVER, WITH PRAYER, FAITH IN GOD, AND SOME CONFIDENCE HE GRADUATED COLLEGE WITH HONORS AND WAS VALIDICTORIAN OF HIS CLASS WITH A 3.75 GPA. SOON AFTER HE RECEIVED CALLS WITH JOB OPENINGS IN ENGINEERING WHICH LANDED HIS CURRENT JOB AT M.I.T. MY FRIEND WENT BACK TO HIS COMMUNITY, TALKED TO YOUNG PEOPLE ON HOW GOD HAD CHANGED HIS LIFE AROUND FROM NOTHING TO SOMETHING. THAT’S WHY NOW, MY FRIEND’S STORY HAS MOTIVATED ME TO ACOMPLISH MY GOALS AND DREAMS. MY GOAL IS TO COMPLETE HIGH SCHOOL NOT JUST PASSING; I WANT TO PASS WITH SATIFYING GRADES. WHEN I GET OLDER I WANT TO DO MORE WITH JOURNALISM AND MAKE A CAREER IN THAT POSTION AND TAKE IT FARTHER THAN BEFORE. I ALSO WANT TO GO TO A GOOD FOUR YEAR COLLEGE WERE I COULD GET A GOOD EDUCATION THAT WILL GET ME ONE STEP TO ACCOMPLISH MY DREAMS. DOING THESE THINGS LIKE ACCOMPLISHING MY GOALS AND DREAM IT WOULD DEFINALTLY BE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT TO MY FAMILY AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN MY C0MMMUNTITY, AND JUST LIKE MY FRIEND I WANT TO GO BACK TO MY COMMUNITY AND SHARE MY SUCCESS IN HOPE TO ENLIGHT ANOTHER YOUNG PERSON WITHIN MY COMMUNITY.

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INSIDE AN ASIAN

By GENESIS SANCHEZ

            MY ACTING TEACHER ONCE TOLD ME THAT SOMETIMES NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU WORK, YOU JUST WON’T MAKE IT. AT FIRST, I IGNORED THIS, DISMISSING IT AS NONSENSE, AND ZONING OFF INTO MORE “IMPORTANT THOUGHTS”. IT WASN’T UNTIL THINGS IN MY ACTING CLASS REALLY STARTED GETTING HEAVY THAT I REALIZED THE TRUTH OF HIS WORDS. FIRST, I REALIZED THAT THERE WERE MORE TALENTED PEOPLE THAN ME, MANY MORE TALENTED PEOPLE. IN EVERY ACTING CLASS I WENT TO, I STRIVED TO BE THE BEST. MOST OF THE TIMES, I WAS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THIS. IT WASN’T UNTIL I WAS EXPOSED TO THE STUDENTS IN MY SCHOOL, THAT I LEARNED THAT IT’S NOT ABOUT BEING THE BEST. IT’S ABOUT BEING THE MOST UNIQUE. UNFORTUNATELY, THE DAMAGE HAD BEEN DONE AND AN ADDITIONAL INSECURITY HAD DEVELOPED. SECOND, I REALIZED THAT SOMETIMES, YOU JUST AREN’T MEANT TO BE. AT TIMES, YOU MIGHT BE TOO SHORT, TALL, FAT, SKINNY, OR SOMETIMES IT’S YOUR RACE. THOUGH, DISHEARTENING, THIS IS THE WAY OF THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT, AND AS ONE RAPPER PUT IT, “RACISM’S STILL ALIVE, THEY JUST BE CONCEALING IT!”

 

SO I THOUGHT, “IF IT WON’T WORK OUT, WHAT WILL I DO?” I LOOKED AT MY BOOKS NEXT ME. NO. I WILL NOT BE ANOTHER STEROTYPICAL ASIAN. I WILL NOT BE AN ENGINEER, A DOCTOR, A PHARMACIST, OR A LAWYER. I’M GOING TO BE AN ARTIST. BESIDES, HOLLYWOOD NEEDS MORE FILIPPINOS. BUT HOW? I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS QUESTION FOR A LONG TIME, UNTIL ANOTHER ACTING TEACHER TOLD ME IN A REHARSAL WITH HIM, THAT, “GENESIS, IF YOU KEEP ON GOING ON WHERE YOU’RE AT RIGHT NOW, YOU’RE CHOICES WILL BE ENDLESS. REMEMBER WHAT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SAID, ‘EDUCATION IS THE KEY’”. SO THEN I SAID TO MYSELF, “I GUESS IT’S NOT SUCH A BAD IDEA TO BE A STEREOTYPICAL ASIAN AFTER ALL.”

 

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Tiger Woods of Politics

By Jacob Cohn 

A FEW WEEKS AGO READERS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE OPENED THEIR PAPERS TO FIND A STORY ON THE FRONT PAGE HEADLINED “COULD BARACK OBAMA DO FOR POLITICS WHAT TIGER WOODS DID FOR GOLF?” THIS, I REALIZED AFTER STARING AT IT FOR A WHILE, IS AN EXTREMELY RACIST HEADLINE. YET THE STORY BELOW IT MADE A VALID POINT. IT SAID THAT OBAMA MIGHT BE ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT ENTERTAINERS LIKE OPRAH WINFREY AND BILL COSBY HAD MANAGED BUT WHAT NO BLACK POLITICIAN HAS EVER BEEN ABLE TO DO: TO TRANSCEND THE RACIAL DIVIDE AND EARN THE LOYALTIES OF PEOPLE OF ALL RACES AND CREEDS.  I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS ARTICLE SOON AFTER THAT WHEN I WENT TO SEE SENATOR OBAMA SPEAK IN SAN FRANCISCO. THE LINE TO SEE HIM WAS LITERALLY THE LONGEST I HAVE EVER SEEN OR STOOD IN. AFTER AN HOUR OR SO I HAD NEARLY MANAGED TO SNAKE MY WAY AROUND A BUILDING—ONE THAT WASN’T EVEN THE BUILDING WHERE THE SPEECH WOULD TAKE PLACE. WHEN I DID GET INSIDE I WAS STRUCK BY THE INTENSE ENERGY OF THE CROWD—NOT THAT I HADN’T EXPECTED IT, BUT I WAS STILL STRUCK BY IT. THE SPEECH, TOO, WAS EXCELLENT EVEN THOUGH IT WASN’T REALLY ANYTHING UNEXPECTED. BUT THE THING THAT I REALIZED ONLY LATER, AFTER IT WAS POINTED OUT TO ME, WAS THAT ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE WERE IN THE CROWD. SOME OF THEM WERE BLACK, YES, BUT THE BIGGEST GROUP SEEMED TO BE WHITE, LIBERAL, MOSTLY YOUNG BAY AREA NATIVES. IN OTHER WORDS, THE AVERAGE MEMBER OF THE CROWD WAS A LOT LIKE ME, ONLY OLDER—PEOPLE I HAD EXPECTED TO SHOW UP, BUT NOT PEOPLE I HAD EXPECTED TO BE IN THE MAJORITY. THE FACT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE IN IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE HAVE COME TO SUPPORT HIM ONLY DRIVES THE POINT HOME. MAYBE THE CHRONICLE WAS RIGHT, AND OBAMA REALLY CAN BECOME—I HARDLY LIKE TO SAY IT—THE “TIGER WOODS OF POLITICS”. I REALIZE THAT HE’S NOT PERFECT, AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR HIM NO MATTER WHAT COLOR HE WAS, BUT I THINK HE HAS A FIGHTING CHANCE OF DOING IT. AND IN A COUNTRY STILL STRUGGLING WITH THE ISSUE OF RACE, THAT COULD BE A BIG STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

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New Form of Racism by Justin Fossett

I look in the mirror double take on my faceRunning cold water over my scalp, questioning the true meaning of raceAfricans were really captured from Africa with no traceSlavery trapped human beings no way to escapeAnd it still goes on today but my question isWhy? and What for? I stress the message with emphasisWhat is institution, oppression, what about white supremacy?No answers mister governor, what is you givin meTell me why is it a sin to me to be a young black male? So much negative energy directin me straight to the jail cellJena 6 students locked up lost hope when they found out bailYou wanna talk about progress but we move no faster than snailsAnd I can’t talk about this in a song because I’m afraid it won’t sellMake it seem like I can’t walk in an all black community and not worry about gun shots empty clipse hot shells45 pistols on top of family book shelvesIn the kitchen cookin up hero or crack to sellWaitin for the first check of the month, that’s my only hope for mailPeople have a story to tell but the people in power are like oh wellNow a days it isn’t just black folks that fall victimYou can be a target just because your skin color is differentSo again I ask about race hopin to get some answers no lienAsk the teachers and cops about trackin an racial profilingAsk about how we claim to be DEsegregated knowin that aint the caseYou never get answers because they always got some excuses to makeAND WHEN I SAY “THEY” I MEAN THE RACIST COWARDSFIND THE CONNECTION Racism equals prejudice plus power

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