PRIVILEGE GETS GRACE

blog Jan 07, 2018

Privilege gets grace. No matter what. Society does what it can to keep privilege above everything. Male privilege will always be given grace over women. How you ask? Let’s take the example of the tweet of Chantel Jennings who is a national college football writer for The AthleticsCFB. As we all know, college athletics journalism is a male-dominated profession. This profession sees very few women and the women within it have to take many hits regarding their gender. There is an assumption they do not know what they are doing, they are there just for fun, or they need to consistently bow to the men within the profession. Let’s not even get into the sexual harassment women face within that industry on a consistent basis, but that is neither here nor there.  Anywho, Chantel went into the locker room of the Alabama football players after the game for interviews. While in there something occurred for Chantel to tweet, “To the Alabama football player who was shocked...

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BLACK PEOPLE AREN’T SURPRISED AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU BE.

blog Jan 07, 2018

I am honestly not sure what would surprise a black person when it comes to incidents with the police, being thrown off different types of transportation, schools of black and brown students not getting adequate heat/air, general acts of racism/prejudice/bias, or anything else we consistently see on a regular basis. Black people are not surprised. Why do you ask? It is because this has been occurring for hundreds of years. We have been seeing it and talking about it. We know it occurs. We truly think you know it occurs which is why we are surprised YOU are surprised. Did you think rappers were just talking about hypothetical dealing with the police? Did you think driving while black was just a joke? Were you not listening to what we said? Did you think the Rodney King beating was a one-time exception to the rule?

Before smartphones, there was eyewitness proof, conversations and occasional videos. But NOW! Now, we have constant video which goes against the idea that black people are...

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CAN WE START THE CONVERSATION ON WHITE MALE VIOLENCE NOW?

blog Nov 07, 2017

It’s time folks. It is time to have the dreaded conversation about white male violence. I know, I know. Conversations about white male mass murders are different (they “always” are). They aren’t a representation of all white males. I know. I know because white male violence is NEVER a representation. It is an individual “lone wolf” act. The conversation on white male violence usually never occurs because the automatic retort is “what about black on black violence”, “what about the violence in Chicago or in Baltimore”, or the oldie but goodie “shouldn’t you be worrying about what is occurring in your own community and fixing those issues?” We have heard it all. We have heard the dog whistle of black on black violence. This talking point is not meant to attempt to solve the issue that is the result of segregation, redlining, over policing, racism, or discrimination, it is meant to stop the conversation from...

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THE KNEELING STUDENT-ATHLETE: HOW DO I HANDLE IT?

blog Sep 30, 2017

I have been hearing from quite a few coaches friends who are saying: Help! My student-athletes want to kneel and I do not know what to do about to do it! How do I show my student-athletes support if my administration does allow it? How do I show support if my administration does not allow it? And lastly, how do I show support to those who are from a military background who might oppose kneeling?

First, it needs to be realized that all of these are valid concerns and should not be dismissed. When thinking about this subject we need to step back and look at the totality of the situation. We need to look at both the people of color who feel not only need, but the necessity to protest, as well as the potential anger or hurt by those in the military or have military backgrounds. 

Kneeling during the national anthem was started by Colin Kaepernick (CK) during the 2016 season. CK decided to kneel during the national anthem because, “…”I am not going to stand up to...

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RACE AND RECRUITING FOR THE COLLEGE COACH

blog Sep 28, 2017

By: Jen Fry, MA and Jen Jacobs, MA 

Race. Ethnicity. Culture. Privilege. In the wake of heavily publicized, and often violent events that have occurred to communities of color, the current racial landscape in our country has been moved to the front and center of our daily lives regardless of our race.  These countless incidences of hate combined with the current political landscape have lifted the discussion of how race, a socially constructed concept, plays itself in American society.  College campuses, athletics programs, and teams are not immune to this conversation and are finding themselves grappling with the complex discussion, meaning, and implications. More and more evidence is pointing to the fact that athletes of color from diverse backgrounds experience the world, our nation, our campuses, and our teams in a different way from those who have benefitted from the concept of privilege within America.

The aforementioned concepts, race, ethnicity, culture, and...

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MICROAGGRESSIONS AND THE STUDENT-ATHLETE

blog Sep 25, 2017

You are pretty for a black girl. Don’t worry you sound white. You are like an Oreo. Can you please speak English while you are here, you are in America. No really, where are you from? Why are black women so loud? I wish I was black so I could jump high. You are only here because you are an athlete. I am colorblind. I can’t say your name so I will call you “X”. Good thing you are pretty. Black people are so hood.  You just got in because of affirmative action. You aren’t “really” black. No homo. That is so gay. 

If you have heard these things being said on your team, regardless of if there is laughter, then you have heard microaggressions. Microaggressions are defined by Dictionary.com* as, “a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype or the act of discriminating against a nondominant group by means of...

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RACE AND RECRUITING FOR THE STUDENT-ATHLETE

blog Sep 18, 2017

By: Jen Jacobs, MA and Jen Fry, MA

Race. Ethnicity. Culture. Privilege. Safety. Security. Recruiting. College. University. Words that previously were not taken into consideration together during recruiting for a high school student-athlete. However, in the wake of heavily publicized, and often violent events that have occurred to communities of color, the current racial landscape in our country has been moved to the front and center of our daily lives regardless of our race.  These countless incidences are occurring on the grounds of colleges and universities, and affecting our student-athletes. The hate combined with the current political landscape have lifted up the discussion of how race; a socially constructed concept, plays itself out in American society.  College campuses, athletic programs, and athletic teams are not immune to this conversation and are also finding themselves grappling with the complex discussion, meaning, and implications. More and more evidence is...

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YOU DON’T LIKE JURY DUTY? I DON’T LIKE NOT GUILTY VERDICTS FOR KILLERS….

blog Aug 03, 2017

You don’t like jury duty, me either, what a coincidence!!!! Let’s be honest, no one enjoys it. But now I realize the importance of making sure there were people like us on the juries. Now I see what happens when all of us don’t want to be on jury duty.  There are millions of people like you and me who don’t like jury duty. We need to understand the importance of allowing those charged to have a jury of their peers. We need to remember that if we aren’t on the jurors then we aren’t able to help our communities.  It starts with us. If we aren’t serving on juries then who is? How many jurors are racist, yet are serving on these juries because all the good people found ways to not serve? How many of the jurors are solely blue lives matter and regardless of the video evidence will not vote a cop guilty? I do not like jury duty either, but what I have come to realize is I do not like the not guilty verdicts or mistrials even more. In...

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WHY DO BLACK FOLKS HAVE TO ALWAYS COMPLY PERFECTLY, BUT WHITE FOLKS DON’T?

blog Jul 02, 2017

So I was pulled over for an out head light last night coming back from a cookout, and I was scared shitless. Scared, and was honest with the officer that I was scared. He was very nice, explained why he pulled me over and we realized we had the same tattoo guy for our ink. But it makes me think of how different it could have been. How the expectation for black folk is so tight and narrow,  that getting upset at being wrongly accused of something could end up with us being killed. Being pulled over made me stiller than I have ever been with my heart racing a million miles a second. It made me afraid to make a move in case that move was read incorrectly. It makes me think of the thought of “compliance” and the expectations people of black people complying.  My mom said she is more worried about a cop having a bad day and shooting me then she is of me traveling the world by myself. Let that sink in. My white mom is more worried about a cop than me going to Cuba...

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I KNOW YOU AREN’T A F*CKING RACIST

blog Jun 14, 2017

I KNOW YOU AREN’T A F*CKING RACIST

Dear friend,
I know you aren’t a f*cking racist so please stop using that phrase. Seriously stop it. It seems that when conversations start making white people uncomfortable and when confronted with their problematic language or views the logical step is to assume “we think you are a racist.” Well, we don’t.  But what does make sense is the fear that you as a white person are going down racist lane. You are worried that we will judge your lack of knowledge or your lack of understanding and immediately consider you a racist. You think because you realized you aren’t as “woke” as you thought or maybe because you hang around black folks and thought you “got it”means you would not have the same response to situations as those other “white people”, but you did, and then the worst happened. You were corrected by a person of color, you were asked to look at how...

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