Why Doesn’t Serena Williams Get Her Due? She’s a Black Woman

Serena Williams (USA) poses with the trophy after her match against Lucie Safarova (CZE) on day 14 of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros. | Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Serena Williams (USA) poses with the trophy after her match against Lucie Safarova (CZE) on day 14 of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros. | Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

After winning the French Open finals on Saturday — despite a terrible case of the flu that caused her to vomit in the middle of a semi-finals matchSerena Williams gave us another reason not to count her out. She is now the holder of 20 Grand Slam titles, closing in on Steffi Graff’s Open Era record of 22. She is the most dominating player in tennis (male or female) and greatest American athlete of this generation. Period. Full Stop.

Most people don’t know that about her. Some would argue that’s because tennis is a niche sport. They are wrong.

Serena Williams doesn’t get her due because she’s black and female. Read more »

Former Penn Official: Admissions Practices at Elite Universities Hurt Asian Americans

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A former admissions official at the University of Pennsylvania says the admissions practices of elite universities often discriminate against Asian Americans.

The charge was made in an L.A. Times op-ed today by Sara Harberson, identified as “the former associate dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and the former dean of admissions and financial aid at Franklin & Marshall College” in Lancaster, Pa.

While Asian-Americans often meet the requirements for admission, she wrote, they often lack a “tag” that compels the university to admit them — and that instead “racial stereotyping, money, connections and athletics” often become determining factors. Read more »

Here’s What I’d Have Asked LeSean McCoy About His Chip Kelly Remarks

Photo |  Jeff Fusco.

Photo | Jeff Fusco.

LeSean McCoy is a coward.

One day he’s calling his former coach a racist and the next day he feels no need to either explain or characterize what he said, as if throwing out the racist label is as easy to him as giving out a 20 cent tip at a burger joint.

Except that it’s not.

In this day and age, it is wholly improper to exhibit racist tendencies. We are (or at least should be) a more intelligent, enlightened and politically correct society. That’s a good thing. It shows that the human race is capable of growing and learning and tolerating each other in order to meld a better society. By the same measure, it is wholly improper to label someone a racist unless one can present compelling evidence. For instance, when a certain white Eagles wide receiver gets all banged up on cheap beer at a country concert, turns on a black security guard and yells that he’ll fight every “N-word” here, that’s fairly compelling evidence that he’s a racist.

On the flip side though, calling someone a racist — when there is no evidence that he or she is racist — leaves a mark that can never truly be washed out. It’s just not fair. Read more »

5 Dos and Don’ts for Flying Your Confederate Flag

The WXTU 31st anniversary concert was held over the weekend, across the river in Camden, and much of the talk following the event was about Metro’s report discussing how Confederate battle flags were much in evidence at the affair.

We like to think of ourselves as free-speech absolutists, so we don’t want to go around telling people they shouldn’t fly whatever the hell they want. Still, unless you want to be thought a total idiot, we’d suggest using the following guidelines to determine whether or not it’s really appropriate to bring a Confederate flag into Camden, New Jersey: Read more »

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Philly Moved Away From “Racial Math”



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Philly 10K Registration Is Now Open

Yup, the Mummers made a major appearance at the first ever Philly 10K. | Photo by Matt Stanley

Yup, the Mummers made a major appearance at the first ever Philly 10K. | Photo by Matt Stanley

UPDATE 11/11 at 1:49 p.m.: According to the Philly 10K’s Facebook page, they’ve moved to a new registration company better equipped to handle the flood of folks trying to register for the race, and they’ll be reopening registration at 8 p.m. tonight. There are 2,500 spots left, and they will post the registration link on their Facebook page (here) shortly before 8 p.m. Good luck, runners!  Read more »

LeSean McCoy Is Wrong

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

LeSean McCoy is still very hurt about being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles.

That was the clearest conclusion anyone could reach about McCoy’s comments to an ESPN.com reporter after Shady pretty much labeled Chip Kelly — the man who traded him – a racist, in a nonsensical diatribe that only served to worsen relations between the races.

“He wants full control,” McCoy said to reporter Mike Rodak. “You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest, that’s the truth. There’s a reason…it’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players – the good ones – like that.” Read more »

Tony Come Lately?

Hillary Clinton, left; Philly Jesus and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.

Hillary Clinton, left; Philly Jesus and State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.

As a full supporter of the #BlackLivesMatterMovement, I wield a hefty amount of skepticism towards any candidate’s newfound interest or consciousness on this matter — whether in local elections or in the early going of the presidential campaign.

State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams wants to be your next mayor, Philadelphia. As the “Philly is Baltimore” solidarity movement took to the city streets last week, Williams could be seen out amongst the swaths of people. His campaign promise? Zero tolerance.

“I would have a character clause” in police contracts, Williams is reported as saying during a business forum held last month. “You don’t get to come back for arbitration.”

Eliminating the use of hate speech is an interesting idea, but language certainly does not always correlate to intent. There are a lot of bigots out there who’d be smart enough to mind their mouths, or who play the PC game well enough to not even consider themselves bigoted at all.

It’s a valiant effort, but hardly enough to create real change in communities and the laws that police them.  Read more »

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