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Soapbox: Trashtalk, NFL, and Perceptions of Decorum

 

 

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Full disclosure: ¬†I am not a football girl. ¬†I can watch it, I can understand plays, I get it. ¬†I just don’t have time for it. Coupled with the fact that I am married to the one man on the planet who hates watching sports. ¬†NO really. ¬†He hates it. ¬†He will watch the occasional game, but his perspective is why watch something that he could go play. ¬†He was a football and baseball player in his youth, so he just thinks its lazy to be an arm-chair quarterback.

However, I am an academic — and a person who is completely interested in the perspectives and assumptions that humanity makes dealing with controversy. ¬†Even more so controversy that falls under racial stereotypes and assumptions. ¬†[Note: ¬†My undergraduate research dived into racial psychological and sociological issues on a fairly consistent basis, my law school work honed in on critical race theory and critical gender theory and the law. ¬†I have done less CRT/CGT studies in my Masters and PhD work, choosing to focus more on the prison industrial complex and fiscal inequality through the lenses of policing, local government, nonprofits, and networks.]

So in walks the Sherman post-game interview:

In case you have trouble deciphering what he is saying (or if the link dies) here is a written transcript thanks to the Young Turks:

Sherman: “Well I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that is the result you are going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me”
Andrews: “Who was talking about you?”
Sherman: “Crabtree. ¬†Don’t open your mouth about the best, or I’m going to shut it for you real quick. ¬†‘LOB!’ (Legion of Boom)”

And BOOM goes the internet! ¬†Like this was the first time anyone had ever trash talked on an open mic…..

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Politics of Food — Hungry Enough to Care?

*** This post appears on a blog that I am required to write for a class that at this point in the semester I only marginally tolerate. ¬†However — I thought it was a good post. ¬†That and it took me long enough to write I thought I should get a few more miles out of it. ¬†We are required to write in a “What; So What; Now What” format — which you will see below. ¬†However — the point is that we have a major policy issue on our hands. ¬†Food insecurity. ¬†What in the hell we do with it — I don’t know. ¬†As you can see from the end, I’m mad as hell and I don’t have an answer. This problem is not as simplistic as organizational change. ¬†It won’t be solved by taking a personality inventory on how you solve problems. ¬†This is a real issue — where real people in this nation are hungry, sometimes hungry, or are unhealthy due to their ability to purchase foods [that is not just obesity, but also¬†developmentally¬†challenged due to malnutrition]. ¬†So what do we do — and is the nation hungry enough to care about this issue? ****

 

What?:

For most Americans — the idea of hunger¬†conjures¬†up a photo of a modern day Christian missionary in sub-sahara Africa. ¬†The man or woman is pleading with you to open your purse and sponsor a child for a few cents a day. ¬†Then they pan to a small child who looks completely emaciated and¬†devastated. Videos like the one above are truly heartbreaking. However, is this the only face of hunger? ¬†Is this the only face of people who are searching for their next meal? ¬†No.

“I have enough to pay my rent, but not enough for food.” –“Who’s Hungry in America” Second Harvest

There are people right here in the greatest Nation, who are hungry and/or food insecure. ¬†As of 2006, the United States Department of¬†Agriculture¬†(USDA) has introduced language to describe various ranges of food security and insecurity. ¬†The USDA now¬†defines¬†food insecurity¬†as: “the condition assessed in the food security survey and represented in USDA food security reports–is a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.” ¬†Hunger¬†is defined by the USDA as: “an individual-level physiological condition that may result from food insecurity.” (Source: USDA Economic Research Service, “Definition of Food Security“) ¬† The ranges the USDA has adopted are as follows:

Food Security:¬†High food security¬†(old label=Food security):¬†no reported indications of food-access problems or limitations;¬†Marginal food security¬†(old label=Food security):¬†one or two reported indications–typically of anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house. Little or no indication of changes in diets or food intake.¬†Food Insecurity:¬†Low food security¬†(old label=Food insecurity without hunger):¬†reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake. ¬†Very low food security¬†(old label=Food insecurity with hunger):¬†Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. [SOURCE]

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Nerdland: Voting Rights Restoration in Dixie

“In a democracy, voting is a right, not a privilege.¬†Yet in our democracy, well over five million Americans are unable to participate in this most basic, fundamental right of citizenship because of past criminal convictions.¬†As many as four million of these people live, work, and raise families in our communities, but because of past convictions are still denied the right to vote.” — ACLU

Something¬†extraordinary¬†has happened in the Commonwealth. ¬†I am a Virginia girl — born and raised. ¬†We are¬†traditionally¬†a conservative strong-hold. ¬†Home of the Capitol of the Confederacy, one of the first states to adopt Confederate History Month. ¬†Typically as red as red can be. ¬†Now mind you we did go blue for President Obama both in 2008 and 2012, but that is just the changing tide of Virginians -mostly due to the demographic changes in Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads areas. ¬†But really this year already something amazing has happened that delighted and¬†surprised¬†me, then made me just as angry and cranky as normal.

In the Commonwealth of Virginia (no we aren’t just a “state”), if you are adjudicated a felon your voting rights are revoked, along with your rights to own a firearm (so much for this talk about everyone’s 2nd¬†Amendment¬†right to carry…because I sure haven’t seen the NRA advocating for felons to have their carrying¬†privilege¬†reinstated….things that make you go *cough* bullcrap *cough*). ¬†In most states, including the Commonwealth — there is a process to having your voting rights restored (sorry, still negative on gun ownership). ¬†However, in some states you can loose your rights to vote for life (source:¬†ACLU). ¬†The ACLU states that there are rougly 5.3 million Americans who are disenfranchised from voting due to “a criminal conviction, most of which are non-violent in nature, thirty-nine percent have fully completed their sentences, including probation and parole, yet such individuals are still deprived of their right to vote. In several states, people with criminal records encounter a variety of other barriers to voting, including, most often, cumbersome restoration processes or lengthy waiting periods before rights restoration applications may even be submitted.” ¬†Further, this disenfranchisement¬†disproportionately¬†effects communities of color due to their historical roots in the Jim Crow era. ¬†The ACLU states that¬†roughly¬†1.4 million of the above cited 5.3 million American’s who are¬†disenfranchised¬†are African-Americans. ¬†Voting disenfranchisement codes in states like Mississippi, stem from¬†specifically¬†intended constitutional changes that removed voting rights for crimes that were shown to be committed most often by African-Americans.

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