• HE Is Right. WE Are Right. YOU Are Wrong, Period.
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    By Tim Carthon (Blog #43: Greek Life, Race Relations, Sports)


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    There comes a time in a person’s life where they’ve had enough.  Whether it’s being financially unstable or being in an unstable and unhealthy relationship, it’s a point that one reaches where a fork in the road comes and they take the road marked ‘Exit.’

    Colin Kaepernick finally reached his fork in the road.

    If you didn’t know who Colin Kaepernick was, you probably do now.  He’s a member of Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc.; one of the 5 historically Black Greek-letter fraternities within the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and a professional athlete who plays for a team within one of the four primary sports leagues in America: The NFL®.

    This league is so gargantuan in America that its flagship championship game is the 4th largest sporting event ever watched in world history.  The National Football League, the league’s official name, has so much power and wealth that it even fought off facts of what 200 lb – 400 lb men colliding with one another at great speeds and with devastating force did and does to its players, particular their brains.  They even made a movie about it.

    The NFL®, in essence, did the same thing that the tobacco industry did when it came to what tobacco did and does to its customers(CLICK HERE to Read More…).


    * The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Greek All-Star™ Awards™.






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  • Hate is Too Great a Burden to Bear
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    By Tavon Harris (Blog #4: Police Brutality, Race Relations)


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    I can’t breathe!“, “Don’t shoot!”  “It’s a toy!

    Both were cries heard by two African-American males who were killed by police officers, Eric Garner and John Crawford III. When we think about government and those who are in place to protect us, never would we have thought that this type of betrayal and savage behavior would come from those we call on for help. Let me enlighten you for just one moment.

    These crimes toward unarmed African-American men and women cannot be downplayed by the crimes we commit on one another. Which is what the media will always argue, that in itself is another issue that is never ending. While some cities and states have gotten better regarding homicides, others still do struggle tremendously.  We have a long road ahead to be able to reach the expectations we all have of non violence of any race or ethnicity.

    Now that I have cleared that path, we have more digging to do.  The underlining argument and focus in this article is this:

    In the recent months and weeks, we have seen a flash back of the same brutality and injustice we saw during the 60’s. Power hungry, out-of-control police officers using their badge to justify deaths, beatings and behavior unbecoming of an officer that has taken an oath to defend, serve, and protect.

    We know we have a issue when…(CLICK HERE to Read More)

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    Tavon Harris

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    * The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Greek All-Star™ Awards™.

     

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  • My Racist MLK Day
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    By Tim Carthon (Blog #28: Racism)


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    Today, my company was suppose to put out a press release about how we are helping aspiring writers, who are members of an eligible Greek-letter organization, to expand their reader base by joining forces with the National Greek Awards™.  I was really looking forward to sharing that with all of my Greek-Life friends and colleagues.  Sadly, a temporary cloud decided to rear its ugly, but not unfamiliar head, and I felt it necessary to first shine a light on and through that darkness.

    I cannot remember their name, but there was a comedian who said that yes, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was all about non-violence, but if you drove down any street named after him, there would definitely be some violence going on.

    Unfortunately, it seems the same goes for racism on any MLK Day.

    I’ve noticed over the years how racism seems to get turned up on the day of one of the most non-violent, prominent figures in American history.  It is as though the privileged feel attacked when they are reminded of the atrocities of slavery, genocide, and oppression done by their ancestors and the American economic, political, judicial, and ‘law enforcement’ systems that both directly and indirectly perpetuate those atrocities to this day.  And those of the privileged who are fueled to the fullest by the depths of bigotry and misdirected rage seem to use…(CLICK HERE to Read More…).
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    Tim Carthon; Author, Educator

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    * The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Greek All-Star™ Awards™.

     






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  • Racial Injustice Protests Win. University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe Resigns
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    By Tim Carthon (Blog #25: Race Relations)


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    The Students spoke, and the University listened.  University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe has now resigned.

    This resignation comes after several racially-charged incidents occurred at the university.  Just recently in September, the president of the MSA spoke on his Facebook® page about how he was called racial slurs while all he was doing was walking across campus.

    I really just want to know why my simple existence is such a threat to society,” said Peyton Head, president of the Missouri Students Association and member of Alpha Phi Alpha® Fraternity, Inc., the first historically black collegiate social Greek-letter organization.

    Well Mr. Head, the state of Missouri has a well known history of racism, so your simple existence being such a threat has a very simple answer.

    Bred racism.

    This history was seemingly solidified by what occurred at the beginning of the following month when Legion of Black Collegians members were called the N-word while rehearsing for the school’s yearly homecoming festivities.

    Think that was bad?

    Almost three (3) weeks later(CLICK HERE to Read More…).


    * The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Greek All-Star™ Awards™.

     

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