The Blog About Nothing 11/13 Edition

Logo BaNWelcome to another edition of The Blog About Nothing. I’m sitting here in mild New York City, listening to Ty Dolla Sign’s Free TC album and just thinking of what I want to fill this blog space with this week. First off let me say that this Free TC album is very good. Surprising, since I’ve never really been a big fan of Ty’s but this album feels like something more than a typical R&B album. It feels disjointed but in a good way. It has a nice track list, and an interesting sequence to it. My only beef is that it has too many features but most albums now are over-saturated with features, so I guess Ty decided to go par for the course.

Ty Dolla Sign’s Free TC albumMy goal today is to listen to Ty’s album and to the rapper Logic’s album The Incredible True Story. So, those will be the soundtracks to today’s blog and I encourage anyone reading this to listen to those albums on their own time. Both have my personal seal of approval, and I try not to steer my readers wrong. OK? Let’s do this!

I have to be honest. I’ve avoided most of the news reporting when it came to the student protests at the University of Missouri. Why? As much as I seek to be informed on everything and anything, I do go through periods where I isolate myself from the news. It can be too much. However, once I got through that period earlier this week I decided to delve into the protests that were called Concerned Student 1950. 1950 was the year black students were first admitted to the University of Missouri. The reason for the protests were the increase in racial incidents at the campus, and surrounding areas, and the lack of support black students felt from the President of the University.

After a hunger strike and mass student protests, the President and the Chancellor of the University did step down. Mass protests by the student body, as well as a threat from the football team to not play this Saturday against Brigham Young University did have the effect it sought and changes will be on the way at the University of Missouri. An element of student protest, something that hasn’t been seen the 1960’s and early 1970’s, may take growth in our nation. Students at Ithaca College in New York have launched their own protests in response to race related issues on campus. These incidents includes alleged racial profiling by campus security, and a fraternity party on campus with racist stereotypical themes.

Solidarity Walkout at Ithaca CollegeThe Solidarity Walkout at Ithaca College and other protests at campuses across the nation is awakening a sense of activism on college campuses. As someone who left college in his rearview mirror in 2005, I’m trying my best to remember if any activist spirit existed on the two college campuses I attended. The fact that I have to sit here racking my brain, to remember if there was even any semblance of activism or any semblance of student activity tells me that times are changing in a good way. Students have power. College campuses across the nation can truly plant the seeds of change.

It’s the place where ideas can come together, grow, and then explode for both good and bad. So while some are being critical of the activism at Missouri, and I’m sure against activism in general, I applaud those who are willing to make their voices heard. Concerned Student 1950, might be an offshoot of Black Lives Matter, and that is a damn good thing. Too often we let the moment die, and something like Black Lives Matter, Concerned Student 1950, etc… needs to live on. Open your mouth, say something, and have that voice heard. It’s the only way to get what you really want.

Greg HardyThere’s something else I’ve been avoiding, and that is talking about Greg Hardy. Look, I find the Dallas defensive end to be a repugnant human being. Well I find any man who puts hands on a woman, and then is completely unrepentant about it, to be a repugnant human being. I honestly do not care for his reasoning, nor his attempts to explain himself. As far as I see it, he can burn in hell. Are we clear? Good. So, whether or not a judge exonerated Hardy because his girlfriend dropped her case against him for abusing her and then throwing her on a futon of loaded weapons, is his business. I’ve already made my feelings clear.

What bothers me, though, are the people who choose to defend and support Hardy. Starting with the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones. Look, the Cowboys have had plenty of players with questionable morals and judgment playing for them before. That is not new. However, I thought we were an era where men abusing women, particularly athletes abusing their partners, were going to be seriously punished. Hardy was suspended but he seems to be skating by. Deadspin recently posted pictures of Hardy’s ex-girlfriend showing the extent of the abuse, and both Jones and Hardy seem to be doing their damn best to make Deadspin to be the enemy instead of themselves.

To quote Jeff Van Gundy, the ESPN NBA analyst and former head coach of the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, it is absurd. This week the Los Angeles Clippers played against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas, and the headliner was DeAndre Jordan who agreed to a deal with the Mavericks only to back out and re-sign with the Clippers. Many expected Jordan to be booed, and he was by the crowd. However, to Van Gundy, and myself, it was absurd to see people boo Jordan for a change of heart but cheer an abuser. Makes no damn sense.

DeAndre JordanActually what makes less than no damn sense to me this morning are that there are people criticizing Van Gundy for using his national profile to find any absurdity in booing Jordan but cheering Hardy. Excuse me? Are we kidding? Yes, DeAndre handled the negotiation with Dallas poorly, but changing your mind, happens. It’s not a reason to crucify him really, but to give him the business and give Hardy the pass is just sickening. So to any Mavericks and Cowboys fan who boos one and not the other, please know that I think you need your head checked, your priorities re-evaluated, and you need a swift kick to your balls. Why? You clearly don’t need them.

I’m done. Thanks for reading.

Peace.

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Born, raised, and still reside in Brooklyn, New York. I'm in my mid 30's, and I love sports, music, politics, and blogging about real life. You can find me on Twitter at @EJ_Brooklyn_Own

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  1. As a college student and young ciitzen who was heavily involved with the antiwar/antipoverty protests/movement that were occurring back in the early 1970’s (which was especially spurred on at college campuses all over America after the Kent State tragedy) I applaud this activism by today’s students. As for those peeps who are calling these student protestors immature, and worse names, it reminds me of when back in the day when we would be demosntrating/marching out in the streets, or on the campuses, and we would hear comments like “America… love it or leave it”, “Commies”, “Pinkos”, and, yes, a lot worse, too.

    In some aspects we have come a long way but in others we have so far to still go… hopefully these student movements/[rotests will entice others to examine their consciences so that they will realize we still have a need to get a lot more done so that all people have equality and justice.

    Good column…

  2. Thanks. I think its the era I came of age in. Don’t think such activism existed in the late 90s and early 2000s. Maybe the 2008 Presidential election woke up the youth. I don’t know.

    Anyway I agree with your point that there is a way to go but there’s a good start out there. Just needs to keep going.

  3. I was an undergraduate of the “silent generation,” (the 1950’s). Previously to that generation, students inn the US and around the world had been active regarding social and political issues — but our generation was simply studious but not activist.

    Then in 1956, Hungarians fought Russian tanks with stones. By 1958, I had some Hungarian friends who came to the US to escape retribution at the hands of the Russians. At that time, the Hungarian puppet leaders had arrested a poet, Tibor Dery, who they charged was a leader of the revolt. He had written a short book containing a single poem which translated to English as One Sentence on Tyranny. The newspaper The Manchester Guardian (of the UK) organized a world-wide effort to collect signatures to protest his arrest and subsequent trial. We were one of two efforts in tghe US that I know of to participate.

    We received a lot of hate for our efforts. We were wasting our time as we should be in the classroom or reading textbooks. We were pro-Communist (although we were protesting a Communist regime). We were anti-American (although we were staunchly upholding the Constitutional privilege of free speech. We were jerks. We were unappreciative of the great things which benefited us from our wonderful country. By supporting Hungarian rebels, we were American rebels. All in all, according to some, we were just out and out nasty.

    It took another couple of year before the excrement impaled itself upon the rotating blades. Students around the country impacted the 1960 presidential election by supporting a service option the Peace Corps) other than the military. Human rights efforts from all strata of the US began to change the way all citizens were seen, treated, and respected.

    In short, I became an activist.

    I have never regretted it. And to this day, I support all those who speak out and work for what they believe in even if it differs from my own beliefs. I am in accord with the Mizzou students, but would support their efforts even if I were not. The only thing I ask from them is what I also ask of myself. Always respect everyone. Do no harm.

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