Racism, coronavirus, and African Americans

first_img The fire this time Related Why America can’t escape its racist roots Heavy. Overwhelming. Daunting. Those were some of the words used at a recent panel to describe the two crises disproportionately affecting the black community right now: the novel coronavirus and the unjust killing of African Americans by white police officers.“It’s just heavy,” Ande Durojaiye, Northern Kentucky University’s vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs, said. “It’s a lot of things that are happening at one time and a lot of things that are weighing pretty heavily. Prior to the incidents surrounding George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, we were dealing with the global pandemic of COVID-19. As African Americans, we were disproportionately being impacted, and it continues. So, when you’re dealing with that and working through that, to then have it coupled with this huge national outrage around an issue that has, frankly, been going on since the beginning of the country, it’s a lot, and it’s a lot to balance. … You feel like it’s compounded to the point where you wonder: How do we get out from under?”Durojaiye was part of a four-person virtual panel discussing racial injustice organized by the diversity, inclusion, and belonging officers in the FAS’ Division of Science and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Other participants in last Tuesday’s session were Evelynn Hammonds, Harvard’s Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and a professor of African and African American studies; Tiffany Pogue, an assistant professor of education at Albany State University; and Tracy Robinson-Wood, professor of applied psychology at Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences. More than 600 attendees were led in a moment of silence by Dean of Science Chris Stubbs and SEAS Dean Francis J. Doyle III, before Alexis J. Stokes, director of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, began moderating the conversation. “You feel like it’s compounded to the point where you wonder: How do we get out from under?” — Ande Durojaiye Orlando Patterson says there’s been progress, but the nation needs to reject white supremacist ideology, bigotry in policing, and segregation Lawrence D. Bobo dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope Facing the denial of American racism The conversation revolved around examinations of why black Americans have higher rates of infection and death from the novel coronavirus and the proliferation of rage and protest across the nation in response to the death of George Floyd after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes during an arrest. Panelists discussed ways to deal with trauma caused by structural racism and strategies to overcome some of these longstanding issues, including a focus on addressing racial bias and being an effective ally.“For me, starting with seeing the outbreak of COVID in China, as a historian of science and medicine, I knew it was only a matter of time before it arrived to the United States and therefore following that it was only going to be a matter of time when the virus struck at the most vulnerable people in our population,” Hammonds said. “For African Americans, in particular, historically, we have been disenfranchised with respect to access to health care, to vulnerabilities based on the social determinants of health, housing, work, all the kinds of things that would make our people more vulnerable to the virus than many others. … Then following that, we have the incident that happened in Minneapolis [that] just ripped the scab off what was already a festering wound of racism in this country.”“There’s something about racism that works in this country because the same brokenness that Emmett Till’s mother had in 1955 when her child was murdered, that’s what George Floyd’s family is dealing with right now. This is 60 years later,” Robinson-Wood said. “Unfortunately, there will be more situations like this that we are grieving now.”A main focus of the conversation involved the generation of ideas on ways colleges and universities can promote diversity through student recruitment and the sustained hiring of faculty and staff to adequately mentor and support each group.Panelists said it’s not enough for institutions to simply state they’re committed to diversity or hire diversity officers or focus on racial issues when responding to periods of unrest or a crisis, but to consistently work on and communicate how they’re addressing inequities.“That’s definitely the key, that internal, constant, consistent reflection on why we make the decisions we make is imperative for anyone who is interested in addressing issues of race,” said Pogue.“We just represent the beginning of the conversation,” added Hammond. “In so many places, it seems to me, once you’ve appointed a diversity officer, people think that’s the end of the story. ‘We have the person who’s supposed to take care of that, and now we can just keep doing what we want to do, because we really do have it covered.’ You do not have it covered, and what happens is, it seems to me, that actually in certain respects it’s just a placeholder, just like the language of diversity and inclusion in mission statements. The intent was never to put forward an action plan that was going to get us from A to B.”Pogue also said it’s important to understand racial biases and assumptions when considering issues playing out in the media, like the fallout from the confrontation between Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the police on Christian Cooper, a Harvard-educated African American man who was bird-watching in Central Park.“Why does his educational background come up in the conversation? It doesn’t make sense. Why does it matter whether or not a man had a criminal record? It shouldn’t. Why does it matter? That Breonna Taylor may have once dated someone who practiced illegal activities, allegedly. None of that should matter,” Pogue said. “When we engage in the conversations around someone’s work as a victim to brutality [or injustice], then we are subconsciously saying that only some of us deserve protection and the others of us may be expendable. So even in the bias awareness, we have to constantly be checking our own language, and how we make arguments about these things.” Radcliffe Institute panel explores its social roots and explores ways to raise awareness Panelists also spoke about the importance of allies, a popular topic during the Q&A portion.At one point, Durojaiye flipped the question, putting the onus on potential allies to engage in self-reflection and commit to tangible actions.“You all are extremely intelligent people. You all have done quite a bit of work and are experts in various fields; you can think of things that you can actually do or things that you may have contributed that have negatively impacted the outcome for a certain population,” Durojaiye said. “It goes back to us saying … ‘What are these concrete acts that we can take and think that we can do to ensure that we don’t further perpetuate these stereotypes, these racial barriers that currently exist?’ So if I’m talking to an ally, that’s the first thing I would say: I want you to go back and have that self-reflection because coming to a session and saying, ‘I want to stand with you,’ but I don’t see you really putting your money where your mouth is, so to speak, it doesn’t do anything for me. And then it just is no different than someone who’s sitting on the sidelines.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

B’way Grosses: Curious Incident & Fun Home Celebrate Tony Wins

first_imgAfter securing five trophies each, the two productions that received top honors at the 2015 Tony Awards celebrated gangbusters weeks at the box office. Best Play winner The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time saw its highest gross since New Year. Meanwhile, Best Musical recipient Fun Home brought in its biggest gross of its run, as did three other musicals that performed on the June 7 ceremony: An American in Paris, Something Rotten! and Finding Neverland. Although it still appeared on the bottom end of shows by gross, It Shoulda Been You seemed to benefit from its audience favorite performance on the Tonys, having received a considerable boost in gross and capacity. On the Town, while drumming up a slight increase in gross via its average ticket price, was unable to fill the colossal Lyric Theatre any more than in recent weeks.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending June 14:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1.The Lion King ($2,102,748)2. Wicked ($1,954,144)3. Aladdin ($1,592,508)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,494,196)5. An American in Paris ($1,399,818)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Gigi ($508,643)4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch ($456,585)*3. It Shoulda Been You ($403,081)2. Hand to God ($389,264)1. The Visit ($274,465)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (103.31%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.58%)3. The Audience (101.26%)*4. Aladdin (100.01%)5. Skylight (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (68.92%)*4. The Visit (64.00%)3. Gigi (58.54%)2.  On the Town (55.76%)1. Wolf Hall Parts One & Two (54.03%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

Paul Frank + Collins Welcomes New Hire Kristina M. Roomet

first_imgThe Burlington law firm Paul Frank + Collins is pleased to announce the addition of Kristina M. Roomet to the firm. Roomet is a member of the Property & Development and Environmental Law teams at PF+C. Her practice focuses on environmental, land use, energy, and health & safety law. Ms. Roomet is a 2008 graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where she concentrated her studies and internships in the areas of environmental and land use law. Prior to joining Paul Frank + Collins as an associate, Ms. Roomet worked as a Legal Intern for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Division. She previously worked as a Law Clerk for the firms of Cetrulo & Capone, LLP and McRoberts, Roberts, and Rainer, LLP, both in Boston, MA. She has worked as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Margaret R. Hinkle in the Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston. She earned her B.A. in Religion studies at Colgate University in 2002. She then worked as the Records Manager and a Paralegal Clerk at Paul Frank + Collins before attending law school.last_img read more

Kroger officials warn of fake ‘Black Friday’ coupon

first_imgCincinnatti, Oh. — Kroger officials say they have spotted a bogus “Black Friday” coupon circulating on the internet.In a release on their official Facebook page says:“We do not recommend engaging with the site(s) or page(s) that are sharing the coupon or providing them with any personal information. Our team is actively working with Facebook to address the concern,”Scam experts say criminals use another page, in this case “Kroger Club,” to gain page likes and followers in order to execute a potentially larger scam.last_img read more

Cricket News Gary Kirsten reportedly applies for position of coach in India women’s cricket team

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: There are many names floating around when it comes to the position of the coach of the India women’s cricket team. One of the names added in this is Gary Kirsten, the former South Africa cricketer who helped India win the 2011 World Cup at home after a period of 28 years. According to a report in the Times of India, a top BCCI official said that Kirsten had applied for the position. Along with Kirsten, the other names in the list are Atul Bedade, David Johnson, Rakesh Sharma, Manoj Prabhakar, Owais Shah, Herschelle Gibbs, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Dominic Thornely, Gargi Banerjee, Vidyuth Jaisimha, Ramesh Powar, Colin Siller and Dav Whatmore.The three-member panel appointed for conducting the interview includes former India skipper Kapil Dev, who helped India win the World Cup title for the first time in 1983, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad and the interviews will be conducted on December 20. It is reported that the decision will be made prior to the women’s cricket team departing for New Zealand on January 24. India will play three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals against the New Zealand side.Read More | Ganguly says this ‘very, very special’ knock saved his captaincyThe likes of Prabhakar and Gibbs have been accused of match-fixing but the conundrum has deepened even further with Ramesh Powar, whose tenure was not renewed after India’s exit in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies. Powar has reapplied for the post after getting strong support from India women’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. Speaking to PTI, Powar confirmed that he had applied. “”Yes, I have applied this evening because Smriti (Mandhana), Harmanpreet (Kaur) have supported me and I can’t let them (the girls) down by not applying,” said Powar.Read More | MS Dhoni is the hero of the country, learnt a lot from him: PantDuring the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final, the team management including Powar and Harmanpreet dropped Mithali Raj, triggering a massive controversy. After returning home from the West Indies, Mithali went on to accuse Powar and COA member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her. Powar, on his part, accused Mithali of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team.  Following the controversy, the BCCI decided to invite fresh applications for the post. last_img read more

WRC is hosting annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night Saturday

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Rupununi promoted as tourism destination

first_imgThe Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) and Visit Rupununi on Friday launched the presentation of the Rupununi calendar of events in an effort to promote and market the area as a tourist destination.A representative of the Business Ministry (left) and President of Visit Rupununi, Melanie McTurk share a poster showcasing the calendar of events during the launch of its fourth annual calendar of events 2019In brief remarks at the launch at the GTA boardroom, Sophia Exhibition Site, Greater Georgetown, the agency’s Director, Brian Mullis said the Rupununi calendar of events was one of many marketing initiatives that the GTA and Visit Rupununi would be working on to ensure tourism development.Mullis noted that these initiatives are major marketing tools that the Guyana Tourism Authority will be using, as well, to show case trade shows abroad.The GTA Director highlighted that the partnership achieved with Visit Rupununi helped in the areas of marketing of new products and product development, joint ventures in community meetings and scoping, especially in training and capacity building.He noted that the Agency was involved in tour guide training for North Rupununi residents, and hopes to facilitate a boat captain training soon. The GTA Director urged the public to visit the Rupununi.Visit Rupununi’s Tourism President, Melanie McTurk, noted that Visit Rupununi stakeholders recognised that strengthening the linkages between the region’s population, local and international NGOs regional and nationally especially the formalising of strategic partnerships with national tourism bodies such as the GTA and THAG will play a critical role in achieving this vision.“Over the past three years, Visit Rupununi has worked with a mixture of community-based enterprises, private operators, regional organisations and most notably the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and the GTA to provide access to various training opportunities, representations at exhibitions, technical advice and as a forum for information and stakeholder input on a range of issues relevant to the development and enhancement of the sector”.While echoing similar sentiments, Coordinator Candace Phillips said the production of the events showcased collaborative pieces that exhibited the key areas of the Rupununi.She noted that the folders provided information on accommodation, tour operators and titled Amerindian villages. Phillips expressed gratitude to the GTA for publishing the first prints of the Rupununi calendar of events since it minimises the cost of the printing materials.The calendar for the first time allows visitors and prospective visitors at a glance to know what are the big events and more importantly when.For the domestic and international travelers, it will hopefully serve to provide information on the variety of products available and reiterate that the Rupununi is one destination with a variety of products to offer.Travellers who seek more information can visit the website at http://www.visitrupununi.com/Visit Rupununi was established in 2015 to develop international and local tourism through capacity building of communities and tourism service providers to market the destination, raising awareness within local communities and supporting the establishment of tourism services to provide quality, diversified and safe tourism and conserve the nature-based, traditional heritage of the Rupununi.last_img read more