When riots broke out after citizens of Ferguson took to the streets to protest the murder of Mike Brown by a police officer, the media was littered with imagery and stories of violent and savage Black people destroying the city. To a large extent, those images overshadowed the reason for the protests and even gave some the reason to excuse the mistreatment, oppression and brutality faced by African-American people struggling against an often unfair judicial and legal system. The painting of the African-American population as violent is a common tactic used to derail and misdirect necessary conversations about the racism and discrimination that still plagues the nation. This is especially evident after witnessing how the media treats “Black” riots vs “White” ones. While there is no “good” reason for a riot, some are most certainly better than others. To combat these stereotypes, let’s explore some reasons why Americans, both black and white, riot.
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There comes a point right around this time of the season where a thought runs through my brain that I would never dare utter out loud: “This is too much football.” We just wrapped Week 5, are close to being midway through the season, and even though I just spent the entire summer lamenting the lack of exciting sports to watch (sorry, baseball, until October, you’re a distant third to “Law & Order: SVU” reruns), between Thursday Night Football, games all day Sunday, and Monday Night Football on top of that – it all gets a little overwhelming. Keep reading »
A few weeks ago, I was watching the Packers- Seahawks game, when it sounded like the commentator referred to one of the Green Bay players as “Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.” All of a sudden, I was paying close attention because I thought I missed an inappropriate political joke. When the announcers continued to say it, I immediately Googled Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to find that he is, in fact, a Safety on the Packers. BEST. NAME. EVER. Now, whenever one of my friends sends me a funny text message, instead of replying “Ha Ha,” I send them a photo of my favorite new player. But he’s not the only man with an unfortunate moniker to grace the NFL. Here are 11 players, both past and present, whose names alone make watching football worthwhile. Keep reading »
We’re coming up on Week 4, the season is almost a third over already, and if you’re in a fantasy league, this means you’ve had plenty of time to see the true colors of the people you fake-own football teams with: and as it turns out, that color is obnoxious. If you have the misfortune of being a slave to your lineup week in and week out, you’ve probably met one, or all, of these fantasy league jerks before. Keep reading »