Full disclosure: I am not a football girl. I can watch it, I can understand plays, I get it. I just don’t have time for it. Coupled with the fact that I am married to the one man on the planet who hates watching sports. NO really. He hates it. He will watch the occasional game, but his perspective is why watch something that he could go play. He was a football and baseball player in his youth, so he just thinks its lazy to be an arm-chair quarterback.
However, I am an academic — and a person who is completely interested in the perspectives and assumptions that humanity makes dealing with controversy. Even more so controversy that falls under racial stereotypes and assumptions. [Note: My undergraduate research dived into racial psychological and sociological issues on a fairly consistent basis, my law school work honed in on critical race theory and critical gender theory and the law. I have done less CRT/CGT studies in my Masters and PhD work, choosing to focus more on the prison industrial complex and fiscal inequality through the lenses of policing, local government, nonprofits, and networks.]
So in walks the Sherman post-game interview:
In case you have trouble deciphering what he is saying (or if the link dies) here is a written transcript thanks to the Young Turks:
Sherman: “Well I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that is the result you are going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me”
Andrews: “Who was talking about you?”
Sherman: “Crabtree. Don’t open your mouth about the best, or I’m going to shut it for you real quick. ‘LOB!’ (Legion of Boom)”
And BOOM goes the internet! Like this was the first time anyone had ever trash talked on an open mic…..
Really…it’s down to this….bah
Great post from one of my collegues — having a fiance from DC, he has seen these changes and evolutions. Is Your Neighborhood Secretly Racist as Hell?.
*** This post appears on a blog that I am required to write for a class that at this point in the semester I only marginally tolerate. However — I thought it was a good post. That and it took me long enough to write I thought I should get a few more miles out of it. We are required to write in a “What; So What; Now What” format — which you will see below. However — the point is that we have a major policy issue on our hands. Food insecurity. What in the hell we do with it — I don’t know. As you can see from the end, I’m mad as hell and I don’t have an answer. This problem is not as simplistic as organizational change. It won’t be solved by taking a personality inventory on how you solve problems. This is a real issue — where real people in this nation are hungry, sometimes hungry, or are unhealthy due to their ability to purchase foods [that is not just obesity, but also developmentally challenged due to malnutrition]. So what do we do — and is the nation hungry enough to care about this issue? ****
For most Americans — the idea of hunger conjures up a photo of a modern day Christian missionary in sub-sahara Africa. The man or woman is pleading with you to open your purse and sponsor a child for a few cents a day. Then they pan to a small child who looks completely emaciated and devastated. Videos like the one above are truly heartbreaking. However, is this the only face of hunger? Is this the only face of people who are searching for their next meal? No.
“I have enough to pay my rent, but not enough for food.” –“Who’s Hungry in America” Second Harvest
There are people right here in the greatest Nation, who are hungry and/or food insecure. As of 2006, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has introduced language to describe various ranges of food security and insecurity. The USDA now defines food insecurity as: “the condition assessed in the food security survey and represented in USDA food security reports–is a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” Hunger is defined by the USDA as: “an individual-level physiological condition that may result from food insecurity.” (Source: USDA Economic Research Service, “Definition of Food Security“) The ranges the USDA has adopted are as follows:
Food Security: High food security (old label=Food security): no reported indications of food-access problems or limitations; Marginal food security (old label=Food security): one or two reported indications–typically of anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house. Little or no indication of changes in diets or food intake. Food Insecurity: Low food security (old label=Food insecurity without hunger): reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake. Very low food security (old label=Food insecurity with hunger): Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. [SOURCE]
“In a democracy, voting is a right, not a privilege. Yet in our democracy, well over five million Americans are unable to participate in this most basic, fundamental right of citizenship because of past criminal convictions. As many as four million of these people live, work, and raise families in our communities, but because of past convictions are still denied the right to vote.” — ACLU
Something extraordinary has happened in the Commonwealth. I am a Virginia girl — born and raised. We are traditionally a conservative strong-hold. Home of the Capitol of the Confederacy, one of the first states to adopt Confederate History Month. Typically as red as red can be. Now mind you we did go blue for President Obama both in 2008 and 2012, but that is just the changing tide of Virginians -mostly due to the demographic changes in Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads areas. But really this year already something amazing has happened that delighted and surprised me, then made me just as angry and cranky as normal.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia (no we aren’t just a “state”), if you are adjudicated a felon your voting rights are revoked, along with your rights to own a firearm (so much for this talk about everyone’s 2nd Amendment right to carry…because I sure haven’t seen the NRA advocating for felons to have their carrying privilege reinstated….things that make you go *cough* bullcrap *cough*). In most states, including the Commonwealth — there is a process to having your voting rights restored (sorry, still negative on gun ownership). However, in some states you can loose your rights to vote for life (source: ACLU). The ACLU states that there are rougly 5.3 million Americans who are disenfranchised from voting due to “a criminal conviction, most of which are non-violent in nature, thirty-nine percent have fully completed their sentences, including probation and parole, yet such individuals are still deprived of their right to vote. In several states, people with criminal records encounter a variety of other barriers to voting, including, most often, cumbersome restoration processes or lengthy waiting periods before rights restoration applications may even be submitted.” Further, this disenfranchisement disproportionately effects communities of color due to their historical roots in the Jim Crow era. The ACLU states that roughly 1.4 million of the above cited 5.3 million American’s who are disenfranchised are African-Americans. Voting disenfranchisement codes in states like Mississippi, stem from specifically intended constitutional changes that removed voting rights for crimes that were shown to be committed most often by African-Americans.