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An open letter to the White Privilege Conference 2014 attendees;

I’m in a state of shock right now. According to your conference, the accomplishments of my family going back generations simply do not exist. Allow me to explain. You see I am black. Your conference contends that this country was built on racism; you contend that a pernicious evil is the foundation of every institution and permeates every aspect of American life. According to you – to the degree that your conference completely negates my very existence.

My great grandfather would definitely disagree with your ideas. He grew up poor in the south, but he had both parents and was taught a work ethic that carried him into adulthood, marriage and service as an enlisted man in the US Army. His son, my Grandfather, went to high school, got married and went on to serve in the Army doing a tour in the Korean conflict. He returned home and attended Tuskegee University and became a teacher. His first child is my father, who also enlisted, fought in Vietnam and married my mother having me and then my sister. My dad went on to serve 26 years retiring honorably having traveled the world in service to this nation alongside the very white Christian men, you claim have oppressed him. He would disagree with you on that.

My great grandfather was a homeowner as was my granddad and my father. My grandfather was a deacon, and served on committees in his town, rising to a position of leadership in his community of largely white people in the Deep South.

POLL: POLL: Where do you get your news?

My mother and her family members have similar stories of hard work and success, she grew up picking cotton and now has a double masters degree and a management job placing her firmly in the upper middle class.

Their story, my history, is rooted in the years of segregation in Jim Crow south. The stories that I have pried from my father about his childhood sting me to this day. Yet even that knowledge flies in the face of your cretinous attempt to cheapen the lives of millions of black Americans, striving to succeed and doing so. Your conference insults the truth of millions of white Americans who have never been the recipients of any largess and still struggle to achieve the American Dream.

I refuse to be cheapened by your poorly formed malicious ideology. The Age of Enlightenment was about just that; the idea that as an individual, I can reach for the stars and control my own destiny. Racism has no impact on that, because excellence goes before an individual paving the way to their goals.

I have experienced the fruit of my own failures, successes and not so stellar attempts and achieved excellence. I have many goals before me that I hope to reach through hard work and sacrifice. No amount of “white privilege” will ever stop me.

Stacy Washington
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Big East Tournament Teams

Prove Unworthy in NCAA Battles



            It was a stupid, stupid thing to do and the results were highly predictable.  “It” in this case was the lunacy of  the NCAA’s selection committee on Selection Sunday putting eleven Big East teams into the NCAA 2011 Men’s Basketball Tournament and top-seeding two of those teams (one at #1 and another at #2).  The Big East has done nothing to justify that kind of reverence from the selection committee; and more importantly, history predicted they would do little.   

           Given that the Big East’s track record in the 2010 tournament was a combined record of 8-8 futility from its eight entrants and none of them made the Final Four -- one can only regard this year's selection committee as eaters of loco weed.  At present, only the Big East Champion UConn Huskies and the under-rated Marquette Golden Eagles are still in the NCAA hunt.  Some mighty good teams like Colorado, Cleveland State, Missouri State, and Harvard had to stay at home because the selection committee decided that mediocre teams from the Big East were more exciting and more competitive than strong teams from other areas. 

           Rajjpuut suggests that the selection committee stifle its erection for the Big East and adjust their thinking in terms of fairness.  For example, in a 16-team league only the top seven teams should qualify at a maximum; in a 12-team league only the top 5 qualify at max; in a ten team league a maximum of four qualifiers; and a maximum of three qualifiers from an eight-team league.  The play of Butler (from the always ignored Horizon League), to name just one upset-hungry fivesome, both this year and last shows that the top teams in some of the lesser-reputed conferences deserve far more respect . . . and that goes for tough runner-ups in those conferences.  Green Bay-born Rajjpuut, for one believes that Colorado would have easily handed every Big East entrant except for U. Conn its head had they been allowed into the tournament.  The Big East largely sucked this year and last, the only question is “Why?”**


Ya’all live long, strong and ornery,



**   Rajjpuut suggests that teams that are struggling for high positions in their conferences gain a certain edge that mediocre teams never get.  Certainly teams in 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th place in an over-rated conference have little to brag about.  Only two of the Big East losses have been to other Big East teams this year.

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