Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]M[/dropcap]ost of the students at my public school were African-Americans and so were my friends. I had sleepovers at Craig’s house (he was Jamaican). Or Rob’s (his family was from Montserrat). Or Napoleon’s, whose family was from the deep South.As an only child whose extended family lived far away, my childhood was never some exotic adventure for me, some daring venture into black coolness. It was all I knew.When I was a senior, my first child was born. I was only 18. My mother wasn’t happy, mainly because I was messing up my chances for higher education. Her mother, also from the South, wasn’t happy either, mainly because I was white.It was unfair treatment, I thought. I certainly didn’t consider myself white, culturally speaking, but I did have to learn there were boundaries I couldn’t cross.While I dabbled with my appearance—designs buzzed into my hair, my oversized clothing—I learned when proposing a fun Halloween costume that blackface was never acceptable.Though I was one of the few white people who, in certain company, could get away with using the N-word as informal term of endearment, I decided it was wiser not to let it become part of my casual vocabulary.Despite my sincerity, I also had to accept that many people saw my adoption of hip hop mannerisms as mockery, perhaps part of a long, historically uncomfortable practice of cultural appropriation.Impregnating a black girl didn’t help.Of course, teaching myself boundaries didn’t come easy. Having little outside influence, how could I not develop the same cultural characteristics as my darker-skinned brethren? We shared nearly all our waking moments together. I spent time at their houses. We stayed up late Friday and Saturday nights playing video games, listening to rap music on the radio—when rap music was only on the radio late Friday and Saturday nights.My preferences—fashion, musical taste, language, television, movies—all were influenced by my peers.For the most part, we looked past our pigmentation, and for me, it wasn’t just a phase. Although the relationship with my first son’s mother didn’t work out, he lived with me for a good portion of his life. I later married a black woman, and we had two children together, all while becoming a stepfather to her 100-percent black daughter.Through her I was exposed to religion and eventually was baptized a born-again Christian at an all-black church in South Jamaica, Queens.I expanded my interest in rap music: producing, writing and performing throughout the years. Later, in my spare time, I launched a hip hop magazine and I’ve become an outspoken advocate for hip hop culture.Now, as many people who have grown up, were educated in, or work in multi-cultural environments, I haven’t been exclusively intertwined with any singular way of life, but black American culture is certainly a foundational aspect of who I am.I’m not trying to pad my Black Resume´. I am trying to demonstrate how easily I could—as Rachel Dolezal, the disgraced former head of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP, has stated—“identify” with being black, to the point where I’d say I have just as much right to call myself black as she does.But I don’t. Because I think that is absurd.Soul Man“Mike is BLACK!” Coleman, one of my oldest friends, will state, loudly and emphatically, to anyone who would dare question my cultural affiliation.Despite all my deep, sincere, empathic ties to African-American people, culture and lifestyle, I have to smile and shake my head “no” to anyone else who might be listening, even those who would—and do—agree with Coleman.But I know what he means. And I know what Rachel Dolezal means when she says, as she did to Matt Lauer on The Today Show, “I identify as black.”And I know how being white can be a stumbling block when dealing with minorities. In any interaction there are always hovering middlemen of privilege and mistrust. It’s for good reason, but for someone eager to be accepted as a full friend or ally, I know it can be frustrating.In fact, Dolezal sued traditionally all-black Howard University in 2002, claiming she was being discriminated against (she was not “claiming” to be black at that time). Clearly, she felt she was fully qualified, but she was being overlooked because she was white.Yet instead of using that experience to further understand and empathize with the similar experiences that black people have to deal with everywhere besides places like Howard, Dolezal seemingly got the notion that it might be better to cut out those middlemen.After all, in an age when identity is starting to mean whatever one wants it to mean, and when race has been determined to be a social construct, why can’t someone with such a visceral connection to the black American lifestyle, simply consider themselves “black?”*Snaps finger* POOF!Perhaps the biggest problem with this idea of Dolezal being “transracial,” and the term itself–aside from her dubious story about depicting herself as a brown-skinned girl with crayons when she was 5, her claim that a black man was actually her father, and her assertions that she lives the black experience because she has black children—is that race isn’t really a thing.The idea that race is a social construct is a concept that, in essence, suggests that no clear definition of “race” exists, that it is simply a fabricated lumping together of people based on some set of characteristics that are convenient for whatever reason. Race, often mistaken for ethnicity or ancestry, is in of itself not something concrete.As such, there is no white race. There is no black race. No one can belong to one or the other.So while technically someone can decide that they identify as another race, the only people who could find this acceptable would be people who recognize that there is no clear definition of race to begin with. So any such claim becomes moot.This is why a term like “transracial” can’t possibly exist, and why any correlation to transgender doesn’t make sense.I can understand the concept of transgender. If you are a man biologically but inside you feel you are a woman, you can make a claim to identify as a woman because each is clearly defined. You can’t biologically be a woman if you are biologically a man.So, you can be a woman trapped inside the body of a man. Or vice-versa. Cool. I get it.In the case of Dolezal, however, if race cannot be truly and clearly defined, there is nothing preventing someone from simply considering themselves part of another group or culture in the first place, without having to go through a presto-change-o makeover and make up a litany of presumably fabricated backstories.How can someone feel trapped on the inside, being part of another group of people that isn’t, by definition, exclusionary in the first place?Black Is BlackSo it’s a strange paradox that Dolezal has put herself in. Perhaps, because we are collectively in the throes of a national discussion regarding identity, coupled with the recent high-profile emergence of GLBT issues thanks to Caitlin Jenner, there is a rush to equate the two.The debate can be interesting but the idea that Dolezal, by adopting a particular lifestyle, advocating for a group of disadvantaged people and changing one’s appearance to match them, means that she can be considered one of them, ignores the real characteristics that historically most black Americans have in common.The shared consciousness of the black experience in America cannot simply be adopted.No matter how close I have been to black people, no matter how much I consider black American culture to be a part of my life, no matter how much I raise my mixed children to recognize, embrace and celebrate their “blackness,” nothing I could ever do, say or experience, could bring me close to knowing what it would feel like if it was my father telling me what it was like being raised in fear of the Ku Klux Klan, stories I heard from my ex-father-in-law.No matter how many times I’ve been pulled over in poor, black neighborhoods—because I was obviously only there to buy drugs—it could never come close to knowing the constant fear that I or one of my family members might be killed by police—21 times more likely.Acceptance by the hip hop community doesn’t mean that I know what it’s like to not get called for a job interview based on my last name, or to receive a more lengthy jail sentence than some of my white friends for the same crime, or to be turned down for a home loan, unlike my white friends with similar income.Being called a “nigger lover” while walking with a black girlfriend in Atlanta is not the same as being called a nigger.People of color in America deserve equal treatment. Until this happens, they need smart, dedicated, sincere people of color in positions that can advocate for the issues that need to be addressed.Ideally, this can be done through local politics, through community organizations and through institutions like the NAACP.But until equality is reality, people of color in America also need outside allies in these positions. Allies can do great good for these causes, as they have in the past.It is not entirely clear why Dolezal felt she had to be one instead of the other.While she is currently doing the media rounds, attempting to explain her behavior, I contend that Rachel Dolezal did herself, her family, her children, her causes, and the group of people that she says she feels so connected to, no favors with her elaborate roleplaying.Instead, she ironically expressed an incredibly extreme example of privilege—the arrogance to think that she is worthy of owning the resilience, self-love, pride, ancestry, heritage and unique experience of another group of people, simply because she decided she could.Equal, But SeparateA common refrain I’ve heard all my life is that “Mike wishes he was black.”No. I am extremely proud of who I am and how I live.But I am also similarly proud of the culture and larger communities I have become a part of.I believe these things are not mutually exclusive. I can be both without having to hide behind makeup or made-up terms.My perceived cultural “blackness” is derived from my participation in a varied set of experiences, lifestyle choices and preferences, perhaps shared more by people of color than otherwise, but not always exclusively so.But it is absolutely vital that, in any culture, participants respect those who created and developed the customs and traditions they follow, and acknowledge how and why they came to be.Completely, not just when it’s convenient. For originators as well as converts.Black Americans have endured an incredibly difficult journey. But out of that journey, great contributions to humanity have emerged. I personally admire many of them, the communities that created them and many individuals from those communities. I have chosen to immerse myself among them, advocate for them and many, I view as family.But I will never forget that the lifestyle is theirs. The culture is theirs. The stories are theirs. The history is theirs. The bloodshed was theirs.My involvement is voluntary. Their acceptance of me is a privilege.I could never pretend otherwise.
Arsene Wenger hits out at Arsenal’s Europa League final ‘nightmare’ Comment Advertisement The veteran Frenchman has hinted he may not return to football in a coaching capacity (Getty)Wenger has been linked with a host of top jobs since leaving Arsenal a year ago and says he is now ready to return to football, though not necessarily as a manager.He added: ‘I thought I would come back into management very quickly, but I enjoyed taking a little distance. Now I’m at a crossroads. You will see me again in football. As a manager? I don’t know.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 May 2019 1:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Mkhitaryan made the decision not to travel to Azerbaijan (Picture: Getty)‘It’s a little bit of a nightmare [for the fans],’ the 69-year-old – who will not be travelling to Baku to see the game either – told reporters on Thursday.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The teams have no problem. They live in ideal conditions – they have their private jet, nice business seats. But it’s the fans.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘That [Mkhitaryan’s situation] is something that should not happen in football.‘I feel it’s not normal that in 2019 – inside Europe, with very sophisticated democracies – that you cannot play for political reasons.’ The former Arsenal boss has voiced his displeasure with the situation in Baku (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at the decision to stage the Europa League final in Azerbaijan following a series of controversies.The Gunners will travel to Baku at the end of May to take on Chelsea, though the stadium is expected to be well under capacity after both teams failed to fill their allocations due to the difficulty in getting to the city.Arsenal will also be without Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan due to political tensions between his nation and the host country, and Wenger is saddened by the situation.
July 17, 2019 Pennsylvania to Honor Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens with Flag Lowering Flag Order Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff to honor Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the day of his burial. The commonwealth flag order corresponds to an order for the United States flag, which shall also be lowered until sunset on Tuesday to honor Justice Stevens.“Justice Stevens sought the best for the United States regardless of political ideology and ruthlessly defended the constitution and rule of law,” said Gov. Wolf. “We should continue to aspire to this type of nonpartisan justice at all levels, which will ultimately result in a stronger nation for Americans in perpetuity.”The commonwealth flag is also ordered to half-staff on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, to honor Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer Calvin Hall, whose funeral service has been announced for that day.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
ON JULY 29 regional passenger franchisee North Western Trains announced that it was to buy a fleet of 70 diesel multiple-unit vehicles from GEC Alsthom Metro-Cammell for £64m, with an option for a further 50. Financing and ownership arrangements have yet to be settled. The fleet will be formed in three batches, including Britain’s first underfloor-engined 200 km/h DMUs. All vehicles will have air-conditioning and a disabled-accessible toilet; they are due to be in service by April 2000.There will be 11 two-car and 7 three-car units capable of 160 km/h for regional services around Manchester, with 140 and 200 seats respectively. They will be powered by Cummins N14R Celect engines rated at 450hp. The nine 200 km/h units will have a more luxurious ambience, with 160 seats in three cars and a catering point for trolley service. Powered by 750hp Cummins QSK19 Celect engines giving a power-to-weight ratio of 16·5hp/tonne, they will be used on open-access services to London from Holyhead, Rochdale and Manchester Airport. o
A contract “above the $5 million mark” was negotiated in the hours after but that deal was still yet to be inked.Amir Prestige Property Agents’s Ivy Wu, who is marketing the property alongside Isaac Kim, said the contract was still being negotiated but they decided to relist the property with a $5.25 million price guide for other interested buyers. The castle has had a fluctuating price guide. The current price tag is $2.15 million less than the initial price attached to the property in 2017. MORE NEWS: Suburb’s first residents sell up MORE NEWS: Quaint house skyrockets almost $2 million past expectation The iconic property, known as Villa Verona, has had a fluctuating price tag since it hit the market in November 2017, according to CoreLogic. First an expressions of interest campaign was held before it was listed with an asking price of $7.4 million. The price guide was then slashed to $6.95 million, then dropped by a further $1 million, before jumping back to $6.295 million. During this time, multiple agents tried their hand at selling the mega-mansion. An auction campaign was used to sell the property in August when the Amir Prestige Property Agent’s duo took over the listing. The $5.25 million price tag is $2.15 million less than the vendor’s initial price hopes. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe grand residence has had a multimillion-dollar makeover. The owner plans to downsize.The five-bedroom property was built by Russian couple Igor and Irina Farbitnik in 1997 before it was purchased by the builder behind the Coast’s renowned Utopia mansion, Scott Widdicombe. Mr Widdicombe spent millions refurbishing the luxury house, only leaving the structure and marble staircase untouched. The opulent offering features towering temple columns, a crystal chandelier, black granite fireplace and a pool house with an 18m heated pool, sauna, marble fountain and entertainment zone with a bar and gas firepit. The owner is selling to downsize. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralian homes fit for a celebrity01:01 A regal residence at 1-3 Queen Guineveres Place, Sovereign Islands, now has a $5.25 million price guide.A REGAL residence that has been on the market for almost two years has had its multimillion-dollar price tag slashed for a fourth time.It is now listed for more than $2 million less than the initial asking price.The distinctive Sovereign Islands castle went under the hammer earlier this month and passed in on a $4.65 million bid. RELATED: Castle and property guru Andrew Winter’s house pass in at auction
I don’t know if you read an article by Gregg Doyel in the Indy Star about a softball game between the state’s best (New Palestine) and probably the state’s worst (Marshall of Indianapolis). At the time of the game, New Palestine was rated #1 and Marshall had not only lost every game, but seldom if ever even played a full game because of the Mercy Rule.New Pal obviously won the game, but they did it with class! They helped the Marshall girls during the game through teaching basic principles of softball. The game still ended with the Mercy Rule, but the Marshall girls were so into the game they wanted to continue. I believe they talked the umpires into extending the game slightly to let them bat again. During this time, the New Pal parents went out and set up an impromptu party for both teams.Since most of the Marshall girls were underclassmen, I am sure more will want to play softball next year, and I hope they improve enough to at least be competitive. The girls this year did not even have proper equipment to play the game correctly. I am guessing they will look like a real softball team by next season.
By Jeremy FoxOSKALOOSA, Iowa (June 15) – Austin Paul visited victory lane for the first time this season at Southern Iowa Speedway, following Wednesday’s KBOE Radio IMCA Northern SportMod main event.Paul held off Matthew VanGelder early and later denied the hard-charging Curtis VanDerWal to take his first local checkers since last August. VanDerWal was second ahead of Carter VanDenBerg, VanGelder and Jason McDaniel.In the Musco Lighting IMCA Modified feature, Scott Dickey appeared to be heading to the win as he led the first 13 laps but points leader Colt Mather grabbed the top spot away on lap 14 and went on to pick up the win ahead of Dickey, Zack Vander Beek, North Carolina’s Kyle Strickler and California’s Cody Laney.Cayden Carter cruised to his seventh straight Budweiser IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win. Danny Thrasher repeated in the Pepsi Cola IMCA Hobby Stocks and Shane Evans paced the Mach-1 Sport Compacts for his first SIS victory since opening night.
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Suarez agrees Atletico terms Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Liverpool’s reign as European champions came to an end at the hands of Atletico Madrid as a 3-2 home defeat saw them exit 4-2 on aggregate after extra time. In a tale of two goalkeepers, the LaLiga side’s Jan Oblak showed why he is one of the world’s best by single-handedly holding the visitors at bay in the second half as shots rained down on his goal with the tie level on aggregate at 1-1 after Georginio Wijnaldum’s opener. By contrast Adrian, the goalkeeper who did not have a club in the summer and who was standing in for the injured Alisson Becker, had a shocking nine minutes in extra time with his error leading to Marcos Llorente’s goal after Roberto Firmino’s first at Anfield since April had put Liverpool ahead in the tie for the first time. The Spaniard then seemed slow to react to Alonso’s long-range effort, which left Jurgen Klopp’s side needing two goals in the final 15 minutes. For once Anfield could not deliver one of its famous comebacks as Klopp lost his first two-legged tie as Liverpool manager at the 11th attempt, with Alvaro Morata adding a third in the 120th minute. In truth it should never have got that far and would not have one had it not been for Oblak. After Diego Costa fired into the side-netting after just 14 seconds the direction of travel was mainly towards the visitors’ goal, although Simeone’s side did enjoy a spell of possession midway through the half which succeeded in quelling the crowd. It succeeded in stunting the Reds’ momentum which had been growing with Oblak saving from Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane and Alexander-Arnold as the return from injury of captain Jordan Henderson immediately made Liverpool look a different side. Atletico offered one more threat, Angel Correa heading wide from a corner, before the gamesmanship broke out with players crowding referee Danny Makkelie in an attempt to get Alexander-Arnold booked and Simeone looking to get in the ear of the fourth official at every opportunity. But the tension was building, with Liverpool’s right side their most profitable avenue of attack as Oxlade-Chamberlain drove forward and Alexander-Arnold, given plenty of time and space to whip in cross after cross, stood out. So it was no surprise when one of that pair, Oxlade-Chamberlain, produced a brilliant cross on the run from the byline for Wijnaldum to head down and away from Oblak a minute before the break. It was his fourth goal in nine Champions League appearances – which included two in May’s famous 4-0 comeback against Barcelona – having scored three in 33 in the Premier League during that time. The Atletico goalkeeper was back in employment in the second half saving a weak shot from Mohamed Salah, cutting in on his left foot, close-range strikes from Mane and Roberto Firmino and one further out from Oxlade-Chamberlain. Costa was replaced by Llorente after failing to test Adrian or do the other part of his game and annoy his opponents and the best connection he had all night was when he booted a rack of water bottles in frustration on his way to the bench. But while Oblak was giving a commanding performance in front of the Kop, Adrian was less convincing after being fortunate to escape after parrying Joao Felix’s shot into the path of Correa. Seeing that fragility prompted Saul Niguez to attempt to lob the Liverpool goalkeeper from well inside his own half but the ball drifted wide. Robertson’s header against the crossbar re-established the natural order, with Alexander-Arnold’s inswinging corner almost palmed into his own net by the otherwise impeccable Oblak, who then denied Alexander-Arnold and Wijnaldum as the saves kept coming. Liverpool resorted to the spectacular in an attempt to beat the Slovenian, with Mane’s two overhead kicks and Salah’s cut-inside-and-shot all off target. Niguez’s header was the last touch of regulation time and although the ball hit the back of the net he was offside. Four minutes into extra time Firmino, poor all game by his standards, enjoyed a huge stroke of luck as his header from a cross by Wijnaldum, who by contrast got better as time went on, hit a post but rebounded straight back for him to side-foot inside the opposite upright. However, a duffed kick from Adrian straight to Joao Felix led to Llorente’s first and the substitute found the same corner from a counter-attack just before the interval and Liverpool, uncharacteristically, went out with a whimper.Tags: Atletico MadridJurgen KloppLiverpoolRoberto Firmino
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says it has some catching up to do.The agency, which serves most of the county, lacks body cameras.However, that could soon change.County mayor Dave Kerner said last week that he plans to raise the idea of shifting sales-tax money, in an effort to find the nearly $19 million Sheriff Rick Bradshaw says he needs to buy the cameras.Kerner added that he plans to bring up the discussion this summer.The mayor went on to say that he had “positive” talks Tuesday with County Administrator Verdenia Baker, and had also spoken with Bradshaw.Twelve municipalities in Palm Beach County currently have body cameras, as does Florida Atlantic University’s police department.PBSO is responsible for 1,874 of the 2,227 square miles in the county.The agency is also contracted to 14 of the county’s 39 municipalities, or a combined population of 185,000 people.Its proposed 2020-2021 is about $740 million.Currently, PBSO has dashboard cameras in 960 of its 3,200 vehicles, which include patrol cars, unmarked units and support vehicles.
LONDON: Watford manager Nigel Pearson has warned that players lives could be in danger if the Premier League returns too soon during the COVID-19 pandemic.”God forbid we have a fatality,” the Times newspaper quoted him as saying on Saturday. “Yes, we would like to restart it but it’s got to be safe. We should be cautious. To ignore possibilities is foolhardy. It’s about safeguarding people’s health.” Britain’s Culture and Sport secretary Oliver Dowden said on Thursday that the government was “opening the door” for football to return next month and complete the season in stadiums without spectators. Players, clubs and the government are discussing safety measures needed for ‘Project Restart’ to happen with another meeting planned for Monday when medical protocols will be discussed. Clubs could also resume some form of training that day, while Germany’s Bundesliga started playing again on Saturday. Government figures published on Friday showed the number of people who have died in the United Kingdom after testing positive for the new coronavirus was 33,998 by 1600 GMT on Thursday. Agencies