Welcome 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.
My 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.
The 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.
There’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.
Actually 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.
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