This past Sunday, two football teams faced off in a game on Staten Island. The Hellfighters, comprised of mostly black highschoolers from Harlem, arrived to find the word NIGGER written in black marker on their team's bench. The players were insulted by the racial attack. The good news: the Hellfighters went on to kick the Seagulls asses, beating them 44-36 and elevating their record to 5-1. Though the win is a bleak victory in the war against racism, it is an example of Black youth defeating ignorance and hate with their talent and not their fists.
A group of lawmakers are pushing for new legislation that will make hanging a noose a felony. State Senators Eric Adams and Bill Perkins and State Assemblyman Dov Hikind spoke outside of Teachers College this past Sunday proposing that a provision be made to the law that currently makes it a felony to draw a swastika on private property. "Just as the swastika rips at the heart of those who have experienced anti-Semitic incidents, this is a symbol of hate,” said Senator Adams. My question is, what's the hold up?