Saint Mary’s engages in conversation about anti-racism

first_imgIn coordination with Black History Month, members of the Saint Mary’s community discussed the importance of fighting against racism in modern society during a brown bag lunch discussion Wednesday. “Beyond White Guilt and Anger: Becoming Actively Anti-Racist,” sponsored by Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS), addressed systematic racism and inequality in terms of white privilege and guilt about the legacy of racism.  The conversation was moderated by Marc Belanger, associate professor of political science, who said white people must acknowledge how race affects them personally for this anti-racist discourse to effect change.  “It is important to me for whites to see the negative consequences of race within their own lives,” he said. “Not in the sense of reverse discrimination, but rather how white privilege has consequences for people of all races.” Belanger said racism is a system of advantages based on white privilege, but systems of privilege based on gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status also pervade society. “There are many different types of privileges,” he said. “We are complicated people that come from all different backgrounds, and all of that shapes who we are.”  Belanger also said the key to eradicating modern-day racism lies in changing the systems that propagate racism in society. “Ending racism needs to include the white population,” he said. “They are the ones who created the system and need to be active participants in breaking it down.” Although overcoming the taboos surrounding discussions of race can be challenging, this particular discussion was a necessary step in anti-racist discourse, Tamara Taylor, assistant director of SIMS, said. “I felt as though this discussion was important because we tend to be hesitant to talk about race,” Taylor said. “We are afraid to bring it up, so if people were willing to come to this discussion I was willing to put it on.” Taylor said the unique perspective of the conversation helped guide it in a productive direction. “Having this discussion from a white perspective allowed for more open talk about race,” she said. “It did not allow for whites to feel left out.” Belanger said this spirit of racial inclusion is crucial for people to be active participants in the fight against racism, but it is often overlooked in the case of the white majority. “Psychologically, racism is a damaging process to white people as well,” Belanger said. “Not to say it is comparable to the hurt caused by those targeted by racism, but it does leave many whites feeling confused and disempowered.” Belanger said whites are often afraid to be actively anti-racist because they may not know how to effectively address and act on the issue of racism. “Many times people want to change the system but just do not know how to make a society free of racism,” he said. These ideas sparked discussion within the audience, which included several faculty members, health professionals and students. Several attendees shared personal anecdotes about the effects of racism on their lives today. “Racism limits you. It puts up barriers. Even if you would like to reach beyond them, you sometimes just can’t,” Cyndie Horton-Cavanaugh, a nurse in Women’s Health, said. “We can benefit from relationships with people from all different experiences, but racism limits us from really knowing and experiencing people.” Other attendees expressed the importance of having the courage to make a change and fight against racism. “We must look at ourselves and have the courage to break through the barriers,” senior Jacquitta Martin said. “It needs to be a joint effort, and barriers must be crossed on both sides.” With the discussion as a prime example, Belanger said the first step in finding a solution to end racism is simply talking about the issues. “There is only so much we can say in 50 minutes, but this is a good start and these conversations must continue to occur,” he said.last_img read more

Lincoln could meet Sutton, Chelsea host United in FA Cup

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON, (Reuters)-Lincoln City, the first minor league team to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 103 years, were handed a tie at either 12-time winners Arsenal or fellow National League club Sutton United in Sunday’s sixth round draw.The glamour fixture sees Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge with the holders and 12-time FA Cup winners to face his old club Chelsea, the Premier League leaders.Lincoln, who play in the fifth tier of the English game, could feature in a unique last-eight tie as a reward for their sensational 1-0 win at Premier League Burnley on Saturday.Should the two National League clubs meet it would guarantee the outlandish feat of a minor league club making it to the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium for the first time.First, Sutton have the monumental task of winning their own dream tie at home to Arsenal in the fifth round today.Lincoln manager Danny Cowley, who watched the draw at the club’s Sincil Bank ground surrounded by cheering fans, called it a “win-win” draw for the team who top the National League.“It’s great. We wish Sutton all the best tomorrow – I genuinely hope they can do it. If they can, then fantastic,” he said.“For us, it’s a win-win, we either play Sutton for a place in the semi-final or we have a fantastic tie away at Arsenal.“It’s completely surreal. I feel like we’re going to wake up at any moment.”Sutton are 17th in the National League, 104 places below Arsenal in English football’s league pyramid.Lincoln face the prospect of a visit to either Sutton’s ramshackle 5,000-capacity Gander Green Lane ground or Arsenal’s 60,000-seater citadel, the Emirates Stadium.When Chelsea’s most successful manager Mourinho, who won the Cup with the Londoners 10 years ago, went back there in October he suffered the most humiliating defeat of his United reign as Antonio Conte’s men won 4-0 but that was their last league loss.After United won a hard-fought contest 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers yesterday, Mourinho could look on a resurgence that has seen his side carve out the longest unbeaten league sequence — 16 matches — in any of Europe’s top five leagues this season.Tottenham Hotspur, who eased their way into the last eight with a Harry Kane hat-trick seeing off Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage, next host third-tier Millwall, who knocked out Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday.Spurs fans looking for a happy omen quickly latched on to the fact that when they won the Cup in 1966-67, they beat Millwall in the third round on the way to picking up the trophy.Middlesbrough could host an all-Premier League tie against Manchester City if Pep Guardiola’s side, as expected, beat Huddersfield Town at the second time of asking following Saturday’s goalless draw at Kirklees Stadium.Two years ago, City were knocked out 2-0 by then second-tier Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium in the fourth round.Sixth-round Draw (Premier League unless stated)Chelsea v Manchester UnitedMiddlesbrough v Huddersfield Town (II)/Manchester CityTottenham Hotspur v Millwall (III)Sutton United (NL)/Arsenal v Lincoln City (NL)Ties will be played from March 10-13.last_img read more

Corentyne labourer found with throat slit in home

first_imgPolice are investigating the murder of 47-year-old Anand Sukram, called Radesh, of Lot 50 Friendship Village, Corentyne, Berbice, whose body, with the throat slit, was discovered in a pool of blood in his bed at about 7:30h on Sunday.The gruesome discovery was made by Sukram’s 17-year-old son, who lives in the said village and went to pay his father a visit. Sukram’s body is presently at the Port Mourant Hospital morgue awaiting a post mortem.Diligent work by investigators has resulted in the arrest of the prime suspect, who has since admitted to committing the crime. A second suspect has been implicated, and is being sought by the Police.last_img read more