Opinion: Encouraging Minority Youth in the Wake of Donald Sterling

first_img 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. On April 15 ballplayers at Dodger Stadium and throughout Major League Baseball donned Jackie Robinson’s number 42 in remembrance of Robinson’s historic breaking of baseball’s color barrier nearly 70 years ago. Then, less than two weeks after that soaring celebration of racial unity, those horrid phone recordings of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling reminded us that racism lives on.The Jackie and Mack Robinson memorial across from Pasadena City Hall is a breathtaking reminder of how far the nation has come since the Robinsons and others battled bigotry while making sports history in the pre-Civil Rights era. In those days — indeed throughout most of US history — racism was legally sanctioned, socially accepted and unashamedly mainstream. But for the last half-century or so, it’s been in serious retreat. Thanks to the sacrifices of our courageous ancestors, racial discrimination is no longer legal and racist words and behavior no longer enjoy societal acceptance. At least not in public. But in private, when they think that no one is paying attention, racists show their true colors.Donald Sterling foul’s remarks underscore that some Americans still adhere to slavery-era attitudes toward black people. Attitudes that consider it okay to exploit blacks and other people of color for fun and profit, to discriminate against us and even to feign friendship while refusing to respect us as equals. And since many of the people who hold these racist attitudes also hold economic, social and political power it is crucial for people of color – especially African-Americans – to be at our very best.When we reject the opportunity for education by acting a fool in class, ditching class or dropping out of school, when we embrace criminal culture, demean our women, or conduct ourselves in an undisciplined and reckless manner we not only set ourselves up for failure, we also play directly into the stereotypes that the Donald Sterlings of the world use to justify their mistreatment of us.But on the flipside, when we embrace education, when we carry ourselves with dignity, discipline and professionalism, when we love one another and use our God-given intelligence and talents to build up ourselves, our families and our communities – when we do these things we move forward on the path to success. And our success will contribute to the Biblical effect (described by Solomon in the book of Proverbs) of heaping hot coals on our enemies’ heads!The 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire stated that “the finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.” That’s the strategic goal of today’s racists — to persuade us that they do not exist. But their evil attitudes are very real, and those attitudes inevitably lead to evil actions.But take heart! It’s true that the bad guys still exist, and they do exercise power. But racism no longer defines the national character as it did for most of American history. Evidence of that was the avalanche of condemnation that crashed down on Donald Sterling, culminating in the NBA commissioner’s lifetime ban and demands by owners’ group that Sterling sell the team. So, the United States is filled with people of goodwill from every racial and ethnic group who know that everyone deserves respect and equal opportunity. As President Obama stated, part of why Donald Sterling’s statements stood so much is that “there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.”Thanks for listening. I’m Cameron Turner and that’s my two cents. Make a comment Opinion & Columnists Opinion: Encouraging Minority Youth in the Wake of Donald Sterling By CAMERON TURNER Published on Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 11:38 am Your email address will not be published. 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FULL THROTTLE: Drag boat race brings thrills to Lake Simmie

first_img Fisher and Slade Jones of Ozark stood in a drizzling rain to cheer on their favorite drag boat in the Southern Outlaw Drag Boat race. Even though they are fans of the sport, the youngsters agreed they would rather watch than race.And, perhaps most of the adults that lined the shore of Lake Simmie near Brundidge Saturday would agree that drag boat racing is not for the faint of heart.When the drivers hit the throttle and the boats launch, a wall of water shoots up in the air and the boats are airborne for a few seconds before they land to finish the race at speeds between 80 and 100 mph., depending on the class. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day IN MEMORY: Balloon release honors crash victims More than 100 people joined together in a verse of Amazing Grace Friday night at the Troy Recreation Department as… read more Sponsored Content “Even with the rain, we had a good crowd and an enthusiastic crowd,” Jackson said. “We had eight classes and 27 boats and 37 entries. The races were competitive. Lake Simmie is a great lake for drag boat racing.”Jackson said the spectator visibility is good from start to finish. However, some fans of the sport prefer to be near the launch site while others like to see the boats speed across the finish line.Saturday’s race was the second Jackson has hosted at Lake Simmie and he said the foundation has been laid for what could become a huge event for Pike County.“Drag boat racing is exciting and one that people of all ages can enjoy,” Jackson said. “Rayvon Graham, the lake owner, is supportive of the race and is agreeable for us to have other drag boat races a Lake Simmie. Right now, I’m thinking about moving the race to April. That’s the time of year when competitors are ready to get their boats in the water. The weather is warm and people are anxious to get outside so April would be a good time for drag boat racing.” Jackson said his hopes are that a promoter and/or sponsor would come on board.“That would really help kick this water sport off in this area of the state,” he said. “Drag boat races are also held on rivers. A race on the Chattahoochee River attracted around 3,000 people.”Jackson said he is looking forward to the growth of drag boat racing in Southeast Alabama and to Lake Simmie being a part of that growth. The next drag boat race in the nearby area will be on September 7 at Lake Jackson in Florala. Published 3:00 am Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Print Article 12PrevNextStartStop Next UpThe Jones brothers applauded all the racers with an extra “hoorah” for 15-year-old Lake Jackson, a formula 2 competitor who took the checkered flag.Jason Jones is a fan of drag boat racing and enjoys attending with his young sons. The roar of the motors, the hard launches and the speed of the boats makes drag boat racing an exciting sport to watch, he said.Jay Jackson, Southern Outlaw Drag Boat Association (SODA) race organizer, said the rain and threat of rain on Saturday, probably kept some folks home but he was pleased with the number of boats entered in the race. Email the authorcenter_img By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories You Might Like Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel FULL THROTTLE: Drag boat race brings thrills to Lake Simmielast_img read more