“An element of hypocrisy hovers over this scandal. The N.B.A. more or less turned a blind eye to Sterling until his words blew up in everyone’s face…Digging out from the rubble of racism continues to be a long, arduous, uncomfortable process.” William C. Rhoden, Calm in the N.B.A. After the Sterling Storm, New York Times 05/04/2014
The disgraceful owner just keeps talking and now his “estranged” wife has chimed in to protect her financial share of the team. Just a question but who would want to play, or coach, for either one of them after this soap opera plays out?
This is (almost) better than the playoff basketball games themselves!!!
Earlier this month in Westchester County two different New York City police officers fired their weapons during separate incidents, though they both involved the same city. The first cop was drunk at 1:00am and unloaded on a vehicle injuring a resident of New Rochelle. When apprehended by Pelham police it took some time since the suspect started waiving a weapon outside the car window at the time of approach. In the second instance a cop used his gun to fire shots, up in the air, outside a New Rochelle housing complex. Nobody injured or killed but rumors floating that justice may be distributed unequally here. And it won’t have anything to do with the terrifying acts themselves.
Ras Baraka is elected Mayor in Newark, New Jersey…does anyone have a twenty on Cory Booker? Leaving the city in quite a mess now Senator Booker has been very quiet since being anointed into Congress.
Old friend Ken Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State and master of the 2004 presidential voting irregularities in that state, has a new gig as Chairman of SOS for SOS. This group will use influence and dollars to shape national elections in favor of conservative candidates. To see a sample of Mr. Blackwell’s work check out the 2006 documentary film American Blackout [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0492443/.
Speaking of Newark (AGAIN?!?) according to May 3rd/4th Wall Street Journal (Amid Controversy, a ‘Doable’ Job in Newark) the present Superintendent of Schools, Cami Anderson, is doing such a great job Governor Chris Christie’s “administration recently awarded her $32,992 in bonuses on top of her $247,500 salary, on grounds that she accomplished most of her contract’s performance goals for the 2012-13 school year, such as rolling out a merit-pay plan for teachers (my emphasis).” I hope for that type of incentive pay no kid in that district is without a school book, teachers don’t have to bring their own copier/printing paper and every high school student received free SAT test preparation.
Maybe it’s time for a stronger voice monitoring the outcomes of school children in The Garden State.
Ras Baraka is elected Mayor in Newark, New Jersey…
“Signed…An Educated Brother!”
I agree wholeheartedly that education (and governance) is not a business, but nor is it ‘entertainment’. So many seem to be obsessed with sports rather than spirit, watching rather than doing, following rather than leading. Some aspire to lead for the pay differentials and perks while the true meaning of service disintegrates in the media to extol and publicize ‘other’ values and neatly arrange for profits. Any reference to the Sterling debacle merely exposes the carousel of use and abuse of others, across business, personal, social, economic and interpersonal lines. And while Nero continues to fiddle as Rome burns, the only resolve most can muster is to grab the remote and yet again watch and wait for the outcome. Cries of common sense in question of common core seem oftentimes to play ‘second-fiddle’ to the entertainment that careens around cable. Blessings to those who persevere….