Posts tagged Good reads
Posts tagged Good reads
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Thoughts about race after reading Touré’s “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness” and Peter Godwin’s “When a Crocodile Eats the Sun,” two brilliant books that I completely recommend … You don’t need to be white, or privileged, to be impacted by white privilege … Reflections on race from six-months overseas in a foreign world … What racism does to a person.
The most racist thing I ever saw wasn’t a single action.
It wasn’t the time during college that some white guys yelled out “White Power!” from a car, as I walked to the grocery store with a black friend of mine.
It wasn’t the time when my wife, a U.S. citizen who was born in Brazil, was updating her social security card after we got married. The employee at the federal office sneered at her, asking if she “had some sort of green card or something” after she handed him her U.S. Passport, as if she wasn’t a “real” citizen.
It wasn’t even the time that a contractor at my mom’s house walked into my high school bedroom, looked at the cut-out pictures from “The Source” and “Sports Illustrated”that I had taped on the walls and asked if I had “some obsession with minorities.” Yes, that happened. I still shake my head at what the hell that idiot could have been thinking. At 15, it took me a few minutes to figure out what he was even talking about.
The most racist thing I’ve ever noticed wasn’t even what someone did to me – it was what someone did to himself.
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Roy Terrell, writing about then Golden Gophers quarterback Bobby Cox for the Nov. 4, 1957 issue of Sports Illustrated. That’s right, in 1957, the Gophers had a quarterback who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, had already survived homelessness for more than several years and also had been involved in a slush fund at the University of Waashington.
A great look back at a story about a young man and redemption. [SIVault]
Tom Perry, who worked as a position coach under then TCU coach Jim Wacker, speaking to then Sports Illustrated reporter Rick Reilly about TCU’s efforts to clean up a pay-for-play program at the university. [Sports Illustrated, 11/04/1985]
The late Wacker, of course, went onto coach for the Minnesota Golden Gophers for five underwhelming seasons. With his history at the U of M and the recent controversy surrounding future Heisman winner Cam Newton, it’s an interesting look back.
“Four years ago, Surly Brewing owner Omar Ansari struggled to persuade even a few local establishments to sell a single keg of his beer. Yet by most accounts today, Surly is not just a brewery. It’s a craft-beer force of nature.” - A friend, Aaron Masterson, on Surly Brewing Co. for a Vita.mn article. [Vita.mn]
(Photo credit: TCBMag, the Vita.mn pics are uploaded too small.)