Dedicated to Madiba and all those who gave so much – risking their liberty and in some case their lives in the struggle against apartheid in south africa.
By Dave Zirin
There has never been a political leader who understood the power of sports quite like Nelson Mandela. Mandela’s relationship to the sports world defies easy characterizations, although the sports media has certainly tried their darndest. Sports Illustrated has a 24-frame slideshow that attempts to highlight his connection to sports, where Mandela looks so angelic, you wonder why they didn’t just photoshop a halo and some wings.
The slideshow highlights events such as Mandela’s embrace of Francois Pienaar after South Africa defeated New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, immortalized in the film Invictus. They show him raising the FIFA World Cup Trophy after learning that South Africa would host the 2010 games. They display this political giant posing happily with political and moral Lilliputians like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, and Don King.
The recent events at my alma matter school, San Jose State, are extremely disturbing and unacceptable. No human being should be subjected to treatment and harassment like that. Suspending these four young men is a quick-fix solution to a more larger problem and growing concern on this campus. The students have voiced their concerns and opinions loud and clear. Hopefully, their voices and concerns are not overlooked.
It’s a shame and ironic that such events could and are happening at a school which is committed to diversity, a school that is known for having a larger than life statue of myself and Tommie Smith on the campus grounds in honor of our protest at the 1968 Olympics alongside Peter Norman. That protest, and our continued fight today, is to bring awareness to incidents like these that were and are still happening around the world. Whether its isolated to a university like this or on a more larger scale globally, we need to show our support and commitment to the fight against injustices and racism.
Congrats to the students who rallied together and voiced their concerns.
SJSU let’s do right and make sure these actions and incidents never happen again. The students and our children deserve better.
Update: Student’s first semester ‘spent in fear,’ suspects suspended
In response to reports of SJSU students racially abusing their roommate in a Campus Village Building C suite:
Three students have been charged with battery and hate crimes against their roommate.
A fourth suspect has emerged but has not been formally charged.
All four students have been suspended.
SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi had conversations with the NAACP San Jose/Silicon Valley chapter and determined a university response.
CSU Chancellor Timothy White stated the CSU will conduct its own investigation.
“These outrageous criminal acts have no place in our society, and particularly not on a college campus where we teach tolerance, civility, and respect for diversity,” John Perez, California State Assembly Speaker, stated in a release. “I can assure President Qayoumi that the Legislature will work with Chancellor White to keep a close eye on his actions, so that every student knows that these unconscionable acts will not be tolerated anywhere, anytime, and to ensure that if these allegations are proven true that these individuals are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
“God has given me the ability. The rest is up to me. Believe. Believe. Believe…” – Billy Mills
Billy Mills (Makata Taka Hela) which means “love your country” or more traditionally translated, “respect the earth”, is an Oglala Lokota (Sioux) Indian. Born on June 30, 1938, in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Billy took up running while attending the Haskell Institute, an Indian boarding school in Lawrence, Kansas. There he discovered that he had an incredible talent for distance running. After breaking numerous records throughout his high school career, in the late 1950s, he enrolled at the University of Kansas on an athletic scholarship.
By Dave Zirin
Protests and raised fists have come to life to San Jose State University. For those who have not heard, three white students at San Jose State University have been charged with hate crimes—and a fourth has been suspended—after their African-American roommate was subjected to a series of racist torments that have shocked the entire community. The young man, whose name has not been revealed, had a heavy U-shaped bike lock put around his neck, had racial slurs and swastikas scrawled on dry-erase boards placed around the room and was renamed by the students with whom he was forced to live as “three-fifths” or “fraction”, after the Compromise of 1787, which deemed slaves to be three-fifths of a human being.
By Dave Zirin
Protests and raised fists have come to life to San Jose State University. For those who have not heard, three white students at San Jose State University have been charged with hate crimes – and a fourth has been suspended – after their African American roommate was subjected to a series of racist torments that have shocked the entire community. The young man, whose name has not been revealed, had a bike chain put around his neck, had racial slurs and swastikas scrawled on dry erase boards placed around the room, and was renamed by the students with whom he was forced to live as “three fifths” or “fraction”, after the Compromise of 1787, which deemed slaves to be 3/5 of a human being.
The Olympic Games is truly one of the world’s greatest competitions and biggest spectacle. Athletes from around the world are brought together under one roof to compete for the title of the best in the world. We remember these athletes’ years later for their incredible performances and for usually claiming the title as the best athlete in the world. Rarely do we get to hear stories from athletes, who despite not claiming the gold, silver or bronze medal, still deserve a platform of their own. Mamie Rallins is one of those athletes that deserve that platform.
This remarkable woman participated in her first Olympics at the age of 27, received a full scholarship at the age of 30 to Tennessee State University, and then made her second Olympic team at the age of 31.
In a recent telephone conversation earlier this month JC68 got a chance to ask her some questions regarding her track and coaching career, the 1968 Olympics, and the remarkable quilt she made for Dr. Carlos.
BY KENDAL MITCHELL
Sy Stokes almost dropped out of UCLA during his first year because he felt isolated and alone as a black student on campus.
The third-year Afro-American studies student said he struggled to find groups with whom he shared common interests during his first quarter. While he eventually found his niche in the Undergraduate Students Association Council Cultural Affairs Commission, Stokes said he originally felt scrutinized for being black.
“(That feeling) makes (black people) stick to their comfort zones because they want to feel safe – physically and emotionally,” Stokes said.
I saw on the internet that you called the President a liar. I deplore what you are doing and the things you are saying about the President in order to gain favor with these greedy, thieving, selfish Republicans. How dare you call President Obama a liar. You are a pathetic, obviously brainwashed Black man who has lost his way … and his mind. You have had opportunity and a smattering of privilege in America that has made you forget your roots. I despise people like you and Clarence Thomas, and you both have Georgia roots.
By William Thomas
There was a time not so long ago when Americans , regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a Republican or Democrat, but the President of the United States . The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.
Suddenly President Barack Obama , with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.