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Matthias

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Another discussion on Affirmative Action

29 July 2014 - 10:37 AM

I watched a couple of debates on YouTube discussing affirmative action and I keep wondering what it would be like if we got rid of it.  Now affirmative action covers a lot of distinct groups of people.  Usually when someone mentions it, we always think about it in terms of black people.  Yet let's stay there because essentially the program got it's luster from the civil rights movement.  There's no question black people benefited from affirmative action, no one would disagree with that.  Yet now there seems to be a stalemate.  In some statistical categories concerning education and families, the black community has gotten worse since those days. (In terms of overall percentages)  Back then, during the segregation days, people purposefully got in the way of black progress.  It was never "separate but equal" in those days, it was "separate and unequal".  Everything considered to be white property was 10 times better than anything considered black property.  For instance white schools had updated school books and better facilities than black schools.  Ultimately however, even more than the inequality of resources, there were purposeful road blocks put in place to keep black people down.  Black people couldn't vote for the most part, you had killings and lynchings for anyone who dared spoke up, and no one was going to jail for those murders.  So black people went unprotected.  So yes, no one would argue affirmative action or any other civil rights type of law wasn't necessary in those days.  Today is a little different no?

 

 

If we got rid of affirmative action today, yes I believe the black population at a lot of your prestigious colleges and universities would drop down to almost 0%.  Perhaps you will have fewer black people at certain organizations and law firms etc.  You know what I would say to that in this day and age?  Wonderful!  That should make every black person mad as a shark to see us not getting into those institutions.  The anger would be good in my eyes if it then leads us to excel in our education.  So as a black man or black woman, if my grades and experience weren't good enough to get into a Harvard or MIT, that should inspire me to do better and exceed in my studies.  Besides its not the end of the world not getting into those big schools.  It's actually the opposite, it could lead to the beginning of a new world.  Why aren't some of these HBCs (Historically Black Colleges) considered to be on league with Harvard and other top schools?  Where are the black businesses that are on league with a Wal-mart or Microsoft?  Who cares if by eliminating affirmative action the end result would almost leave a black person close to zero chance at getting into these famous institutions of education and employment?  Why not start and support our own?  We no longer have to worry about the road blocks of the civil rights era.  In this day and age black people can really take off.

 

 

So I see affirmative action as holding black people back more than helping.  It's preventing students from wanting to excel in their work as far as schooling goes, because we know you don't have to have the best grades to get into the top schools.  Also at the same time, it creates the illusion that you need to continue to support the top schools which are predominantly ran by white people, when you can create your own top school elsewhere. (the same with top businesses)


Melo Opts Out

22 June 2014 - 01:14 PM

Should shake things up a bit.

 

 

http://espn.go.com/n...ks-opt-contract

 

 

Carmelo Anthony has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks and become an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple sources.

 

Anthony has until Monday to officially inform the team of his plans.


One thing that always bug me about soccer

18 June 2014 - 05:14 PM

I'm a casual fan of the world cup, always rooting for the US.  Yet over the years I notice something repetitive in the game of soccer that grates on my nerves.  The excessive flopping on fouls.  One little tackle to the ground and cats act like they got shot in the leg, only to get up and run around like nothing ever happened.  I can't stand flopping in basketball, but it's a new level of flopping concerning the game of soccer.  Be men people, and get your butts up after a hard tackle!


New Hornets Facebook Group

14 June 2014 - 09:40 AM

Recently created a new facebook group concerning the Hornets.  Come join and let's talk Hornets basketball there as well as here.

 

https://www.facebook...40858969502351/


The Love Campaign

10 June 2014 - 04:00 PM

In two years Kevin Love will be able to opt out of his contract.  It's possible the Timberwolves are looking to trade him this year, but I doubt they would get great return.  The better teams won't have equal value to give them, and if the worst teams traded for him, he will probably elect to opt out the next year.  So two years from now, Love will be a free agent.  Michael Jordan is on record in saying he wants to bring a superstar to Charlotte.  I believe Love is the guy we should go after once he hits the market.  We should use this year to firmly plant the Hornets as a contender.  So here's my plan going into the draft....

 

 

9th overall: Nik Stauskas

 

Potential star-star+ player

 

 

 

24th overall: Patric Young

 

Up until the Connecticut game, this guy was balling out.  Defensively, no one had an answer for him.  I'm hoping that Connecticut game was just a blip in his game, and is correctable to where he is consistently tough to get around.  I would say he has the potential to be the Lebron James version of Dwight Howard hehe!

 

 

 

These two players will be a start.  I don't know what you do with our second round pick.  I see Stauskas as coming in immediately as our SG and making a name for himself.  With Young, a lot of people overlook this guy but I see him as a great center/power foward.  He can back Big Al up in the event he goes down to injury, and become the starter once Al retires or leaves Charlotte.  The starting line-up heading into next season would look something like this...

 

 

PG- Kemba Walker

SG- Nik Stauskas ®

SF- MKG

PF- Josh Roberts

C-  Al Jefferson

 

 

With this line up and an athletic bench (Hendo, Patrik Young, etc), we should improve our standing.  We could bring in a couple of vets and trade/release some of the rift raft.  I predict we improve to the number 4 team or better in the East.  The following year Love becomes a free agent.  Since the draft comes before free agency someone correct me if I'm wrong, we'll have another shot at adding another good piece if need be, or trading both picks for a solid player to fill a need.  So our roster in two years would look something like this....

 

 

PG- Kemba Walker (maybe)

SG- Nik Stauskas

SF- MKG

PF- Kevin Love

C- Al Jefferson

 


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