In 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.
Published on December 20, 2016 at 6:43 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Less than 48 hours after blowing out Eastern Michigan, Syracuse (7-4) will host St. John’s (5-7) in the Carrier Dome. SU is coming off arguably its best performance of the season, while the Red Storm have lost two back-to-back contests to Penn State and LIU Brooklyn.Our beat writers explain below their selections for Wednesday night’s game.Connor Grossman (7-4)New York’s college team(s)Syracuse 69, St. John’s 52Syracuse is coming off a game against Eastern Michigan in which eight players reached double-digit point totals. No SU team has done that since the 1978-79 season. Even with an injured Tyler Lydon, the Orange have enough pieces to stitch together convincing wins against the Red Storm and Cornell. Atlantic Coast Conference play is less than two weeks away.Paul Schwedelson (8-3)Empire State of MindSyracuse 79, St. John’s 52AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse blew out Eastern Michigan by 48 points on Monday night. The Eagles are ranked 112th by Kenpom.com. St. John’s is ranked 136th by Kenpom. The Orange should have no problem steamrolling the Red Storm en route to its eighth win of the year. Say all you want about SU’s weak nonconference resume, but at this point all Syracuse can do is win the games it’s supposed to until ACC play begins. The Orange will do that by dismantling a team that’s lost to LIU Brooklyn and Delaware State.Matt Schneidman (8-3)Deja phew!Syracuse 85, St. John’s 66This one won’t be like last year, let’s get that out of the way. There’s no way Syracuse loses to St. John’s again. Not this Red Storm team, which has lost to LIU Brooklyn and Delaware State. The Orange’s offense is trending upward right now after putting the most players in double figures in a single game since 1979. Even if SU is without Tyler Lydon, whether it be for precautionary purposes or not, Syracuse should have no problem stuffing Chris Mullin’s team deeper into the crater of the Big East it’s already buried in.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Nonetheless, Walton said he could schedule some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 full-contact sessions for Russell and/or Young to evaluate their readiness to return.“We need to see them go live and competitive,” Walton said, “and really cut and fight over screens before we let them out there.”Though he has deferred to the Lakers’ training staff on how quickly both players will advance their workload, Walton observed on Friday whether Russell and Young favored their injuries while running, whether they hesitated before stopping on cuts and whether they could change directions. Walton reported that both Russell and Young “looked good.”Meanwhile, Lakers forward Tarik Black will miss his second consecutive game because of a sprained right ankle. Although Walton said Black informed him that “he’s better,” Black has not started any on-court work yet. Jose Calderon is also out for the next two to four weeks. That leaves Walton with another starting lineup to consider as the Lakers try to end a four-game losing streak. He said he does not plan to replicate the same starting lineup in Wednesday’s loss to Houston that featured Timofey Mozgov, Julius Randle, Luol Deng, Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas. Other than keeping Mozgov and Randle in the lineup, Walton said he and his staff will narrow various options that will include Deng, Clarkson, Huertas, Brandon Ingram and Metta World Peace. LOS ANGELES>> The injury report stayed the same as the Lakers gear up for yet another game without their starting backcourt. But Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell and shooting guard Nick Young showed some progress by participating in all of Friday’s shootaround that included full-court non-contact work and 5-on-0 drills. In both drills the players showed progress with their cutting. Though Russell (left knee) and Young (right leg) are still sidelined for when the Lakers (10-14) host the Phoenix Suns (6-16) on Friday at Staples Center, both players could complete a full contact practice on Saturday.Both Young and Russell could return as early as Monday in Sacramento as part of the beginning of a seven-game trip. If both players cannot practice fully on Saturday or need more practices before receiving medical clearances to play, the Lakers face some logistical challenges. The Lakers will fly to New York on Tuesday before Wednesday’s game in Brooklyn. That leaves the Lakers with a possible practice on Thursday before Friday’s game in Philadelphia.