Anyone in touch with reality recognizes that we are nowhere near a post-racial existence in our society. Nevertheless, we are frequently reminded of this each time the private racist rants of prominent figures are exposed for all to see. On this current events episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri weigh in on the racist rant of LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling and more!

Topics discussed include LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s racist rant about not wanting his then girlfriend to bring Blacks to his games or be photographed with Blacks, Obama being more outspoken about racism, Shabazz Napier’s statements that players often go hungry while colleges make money off of them, why college athletes should be paid and should be allowed to unionize, Heit & Cheri’s recent trip to Lake Charles, how the extreme weather has effected the fishing industry in Louisiana, how casinos are a losing proposition for the visitors who play the games, NYPD’s failed Twitter campaign, continued Chicago gun violence and the FBI becoming involved, and more!

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  • Discussion about the LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling’s racist rant about not wanting his then girlfriend to bring Blacks to his games or be photographed with Blacks.

    The players in the National Basketball Association spoke out Sunday about racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
    The Clippers players staged a silent protest. As they warmed up for an NBA playoff game, the players removed their warmup shirts bearing team logos to reveal red T-shirts worn inside out, with the logos hidden. They finished warming up, removed the red shirts and played the game wearing their regular uniforms.
    Magic Johnson: Sterling should step down NBA team owner in hot water over remarks
    The National Basketball Players Association demanded Sterling be barred from all playoff games this season. The players also want an accounting of past accusations of racism against Sterling; an explanation of what kind of discipline might be issued; assurance that the league commissioner will work with the association; and assurance the investigation will be conducted swiftly.
    And throughout the day, past stars including Michael Jordan slammed Sterling.
    Sterling wasn’t there to see the protest or his team lose 118-97 to the Golden State Warriors. He agreed to stay away from the game because of the controversy that heightened Sunday when the website Deadspin released an additional audio recording of a conversation that purports to be Sterling talking with girlfriend V. Stiviano earlier this month.
    Neither Deadspin nor TMZ, which released a similar recording Saturday, said where they got the recordings. Stiviano’s lawyer’s office said Sunday that she didn’t release the recordings but that they’re legitimate.
    Source: CNN

  • Discussion about how Sterling is probably representative of the attitudes of many people toward Blacks.
  • Sterling’s business is still being supported by Blacks. The Clippers made an ineffective silent protest in response to the comments.

    Los Angeles Clippers players have let Coach Doc Rivers do the talking for them ever since a report surfaced of a recording that allegedly shows the owner of their team making racially insensitive comments. But when they took the court for warmups before Game 4 of their playoff series against Golden State, they made a collective statement without a saying a word.
    They walked to center court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, removed their shooting shirts, put them in a pile and warmed up for the nationally televised game in inside-out playoff gear with the logo barely visible.
    Source: Washington Post

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  • Should the players be able to strike and refuse to work for Sterling?
  • Even President Obama remarked on Sterling’s blatant racism.

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  • Discussion about Obama being more outspoken about racism.
  • Discussion about Obama granting clemency to large numbers of people before leaving office.
  • Discussion about the business of sports being a system of exploitation.
  • Discussion about working for racist bosses.
  • Discussion about the Northwestern University players being deemed “employees” by the courts, and whether they should be paid and/or unionize.

    Northwestern University football players are scheduled to vote Friday whether to join a union, part of a labor battle that is drawing intense scrutiny from colleges with major athletic programs, national union leaders and higher education lobbyists in Washington.

    At issue is whether players on scholarship at the private research university in Evanston, Ill., are effectively employees with the right to seek collective bargaining. A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, Peter Ohr, determined March 26 that the football players should be considered employees under federal law. Northwestern disagreed and appealed the decision to the five-member board in Washington.

    The board announced Thursday that it had accepted the university’s request for a review. There is no timetable for the board to rule.

    The outcome of the secret-ballot vote among Northwestern’s football players will not be known for some time as the board considers a case with broad ramifications not only for intercollegiate athletics but also for how colleges operate.

    “This is not the same thing as organizing a steel mill. This is a university,” said Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president at the American Council on Education, which represents colleges and universities. “We think that students are students. They are not employees.”

    To call students employees, Hartle said, would raise “vast and unknowable” issues. If scholarship football players are employees, what about students in other sports with partial scholarships? What about students with scholarships in music or dance programs, or those with general academic scholarships?

    Hartle said his organization would weigh in on the side of Northwestern as the board deliberates.

    National labor leaders are standing with those who want to join a union called the College Athletes Players Association.

    “Like workers everywhere, they want a voice on the job — and don’t let anyone tell you these football players are not working for the university and padding its bottom line through their jobs on the football field,” Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, wrote on the organization’s Web site this week. “They want and deserve a say in how they spend as many as 60 hours a week under the tight control of coaches and the university, in honing their football skills while finding enough hours outside of football to keep up with their demanding academic responsibilities.”

    Several colleges and universities are closely tracking the issue. Higher education experts say the case has a direct impact on private institutions because the labor board’s jurisdiction is focused on the private sector. But public universities could have a stake in the outcome because big-time sports, especially football and basketball, operate in national markets.
    Washington Post

  • Discussion about Shabazz Napier’s statements that players often go hungry while colleges make money off of them.

    When University of Connecticut star basketball player Shabazz Napier told reporters right after winning the NCAA Division I men’s basketball national championship he sometimes went to bed hungry, you could almost hear the collective gasp from mothers around the country.

    The comment kicked up a media firestorm, and NCAA President Mark Emmert found himself under pressure to ensure student-athletes could get food outside of their meal plans, which aren’t sufficient for many of them. On April 15, the NCAA council approved new rules allowing student-athletes unlimited snacks and meals.

    But while the notion of hungry student-athletes seems to have caught many by surprise, it’s far from a new struggle. For one student, the effort to unionize college players started 18 years ago with a bag of groceries.

    Back in 1995, University of California, Los Angeles football star Donnie Edwards told a radio reporter he didn’t have food in his refrigerator. When he got home, there were groceries on his doorstep. The NCAA suspended Edwards for accepting $150 worth of food, which reportedly came from a sports agent. Meanwhile, the NCAA was selling a jersey with his number on it.

    That struck a chord with Edwards’ teammate Ramogi Huma.

    “That was the moment that made me realize that, not only are there inequities that should be addressed, but that players didn’t even have a voice,” Huma told NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman in a profile back in 2011.

    A year after the Edwards suspension, Huma formed a student-athletes association to give students that voice. His group later morphed into the National College Players Association, or NCPA, a major player in the push to unionize student-athletes today.

    “A scholarship just doesn’t cover everything,” Huma tells The Salt.

    That’s why Huma wants students to be able to collectively bargain for benefits, just like other employees. And Napier’s comments have helped bring attention back to his cause.

  • Arguments on why college athletes should be paid and should be allowed to unionize.
  • Discussion about Heit & Cheri’s recent trip to Lake Charles, LA. It was Cheri’s first visit to Heit’s hometown.
  • Discussion about how the extreme weather has effected the fishing industry in Louisiana. The fresh water melting in the north was affecting the fish catch in the South. Everything IS connected in our environment.
  • Discussion about Heit & Cheri’s trip to the casino in Lake Charles.
  • Discussion about how casinos are a losing proposition for the visitors who play the games.
  • The slot machines are computer programs designed for you to lose.
  • Discussion about the NYPD’s failed Twitter campaign.

    Whoever is running the social media strategy for the New York Police Department needs to be fired because that person has no idea how to follow the rules of social media.
    On Tuesday, the NYPD’s Twitter account, @NYPDNews, asked New Yorkers to “tag themselves” in photos with New York Police officers using the hashtag #myNYPD. Before midnight, more than 70,000 tweets containing photos or stories of police brutality flooded the Twittersphere, replacing #HappyEarthDay as the trending topic by late Tuesday evening.
    It was a disaster.
    Instead of igniting a positive viral PR campaign, a single tweet managed to set the NYPD’s reputation on fire. They should have seen this one coming. Twitter is a great tool to read breaking news, research prospective clients, connect with friends, discuss live events or gain access to your favorite celebrity. But it’s a terrible place to try to control a conversation because you simply can’t.
    Social media disasters are becoming a regular occurrence. Remember the PR executive from media company IAC who sent out a racially offensive tweet and raised a firestorm? Or when Burger King’s account got hacked and fake tweets referencing race and drugs were posted?
    It’s like rubbernecking an accident on the highway — we can’t help but stare and comment before we move on with our lives. And while #myNYPD will be largely forgotten by you and me, the NYPD will feel the pain for months to come.
    Source: CNN

  • Discussion about continued Chicago gun violence and the FBI becoming involved.

    FBI Director James Comey said during a visit to Chicago on Monday that his agency would consider doing more to help stem street-level violence in the nation’s third largest city, though he stopped short of offering specifics.
    Comey’s comments to reporters came after a particularly violent weekend in Chicago, where a 17-year-old girl and three other people were shot and killed between Friday afternoon and Sunday night on Chicago’s South and West sides. More than 30 others were also wounded.
    In remarks before fielding questions at the news conference, Comey listed counter-terrorism, home-grown extremism and cybercrime as some of the FBI’s top priorities. Asked later how high a priority reducing Chicago violence was, he responded, “Very high.”
    Flanking him was Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, though the city’s top cop didn’t speak during the event at the agency’s Chicago office. During Comey’s visit, which was planned well before the weekend shootings, he met with McCarthy, and state and federal officials.
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois’ two U.S. senators and others have been pressing for more than a year for the FBI, U.S. attorney’s office and other federal law enforcement agencies to do more to combat the persistent violence, which claims hundreds of lives each year.
    Comey said the FBI already devotes major resources to fighting gang- and drug-related violence in the city, saying around 100 agents are specifically assigned to violent-crime cases. But he said he talked to McCarthy and other officials about what more the agency could do.
    “I asked them, please, think about ways we can make additional contributions,” Comey said. “I don’t know what that might be. But if there is, I want to do that.”
    Source: Crain’s Chicago Business

  • Discussion about unprosecuted murders in Chicago.
  • Gun violence id directly connected to the health of the community–the socioeconomic health.

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