Eric Williams Lecture: Scathing exposé on America

first_imgEric Williams Lecture: Scathing exposé on America’s racism To a crowd of almost 200 that attended the 19th Annual Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecture on October 13, 2017, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Education Dr. Pedro Noguera delivered a scathing exposé of the history of the inequity of race in America, and the recent climate fostering its expansion under President Donald Trump’s chaotic and unpredictable administration.The clear and present danger“Do Black Lives Matter in the Age of Trump”, co-sponsored by the African & African Diaspora Studies Program at FIU, generally focused on the clear and present danger of “government approved” neo-Nazism, the overt resurgence of the Ku Klax Klan, and the unacceptable and disproportionately negative impact on black populations in the US vis a vis education; civil rights; chronic unemployment; concentrated poverty; inadequate access to healthcare, nutrition and clean water; and mass incarceration.Eric Williams groundbreaking scholarship on slaveryThroughout the Lecture, Noguera skillfully wove Eric Williams’ own groundbreaking scholarship on slavery, his insistence on and description of what he considered to be genuine participatory democracy, with the current effect of the Trump Administration on the welfare of black people.Offered striking examplesNot content simply to detail the myriad problems besetting the subject, the noted sociologist offered striking examples of children of color, of all ethnicities, actively being engaged in achievement-based school curricula, with a heavy emphasis on the relationship between student and teacher and on community, courtesy and conduct.Most of these are from single-parent backgrounds, often living in the most disadvantaged of neighborhoods, but with a mere $11,000 a year spent to send a child to public school, compared to the $235,000 estimated annually to jail that child, schools with struggling students must do more than simply label them as troublesome, expect them to conform and adjust or be kicked out if they don’t.They must be organized to meet the actual needs of the students they serve.Agents of changeNoguera urged the many students in the audience to be the agents of the change they want to see, to get involved in society and to resist the latest blatant attempt to stifle dissent, whether it be taking the kneel for the US flag or some other form of non-violent protest. He might well have been referring to the “meme”: “8 million Jehovah’s Witness don’t salute the flag. 200,000 Amish don’t stand for the national anthem. ONE black man kneels respectfully and all hell breaks loose. Now you know why he’s kneeling.”Established in 1999, FIU’s annual Eric Williams Lecture honors the distinguished Caribbean statesman, consummate academic, internationally renowned historian, and author of several books.His 1944 groundbreaking study Capitalism and Slavery, popularly referred to as The Williams Thesis, arguably reframed the historiography of the British trans-Atlantic slave trade (and its concomitant European incarnations) and established the contribution of Caribbean slavery to the development of both Britain and America. The book has been translated into nine languages, including Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish and Korean. It continues to inform today’s ongoing debate and remains “years ahead of its time…this profound critique is still the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development,” according to the New York Times.Eric E. Williams was also the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and Head of Government for a quarter of a century until his death in 1981. He led the country to Independence from Britain in 1962 and onto Republicanism in 1976.For a report on a previous Eric Williams Lecture, visit the link: Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines arrives in Miami to speak at Eric E. Williams Memorial Lecturelast_img read more

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: SP

first_imgLet’s face it — we all know these starting pitcher rankings are going to be hilariously wrong when we look back at the end of the year. Injuries will ruin some seasons (and fantasy baseball teams); good batted-ball luck will create some ERA and WHP sleepers; run support will play a major role in wins; top prospects will disappoint, middling prospects will have hot stretches, and the cycle will begin anew next year. Trying to compile SP rankings is almost as futile as trying to put together RP rankings, but your draft cheat sheet isn’t complete without them…so here they are. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Fortunately, there’s no shortage of options. As strikeouts rise across the league, more pitchers will have value. Of course, homers are also rising, which means pitchers who can keep their ERAs down will be at a premium. That’s a tough stat to predict because of the aforementioned batted-ball luck, so looking at HR-rates, BB-rates, and ground-ball rates in addition to K-rates will take on added importance.2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamThe top of the rankings doesn’t feature many surprises. You can toss them up and put them in whatever order you’d like, but they should all be solid unless injuries strike. Chris Sale, Noah Syndergaard, and Clayton Kershaw are perhaps the biggest risks, but we all know arm problems can arise for anyone at any time, especially young starters.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserPerhaps the biggest question with SPs is not who to draft but when to draft them. It’s tough to spend a first-round pick on a guy who is inherently riskier than a position player and can only help four categories as opposed to five, but it’s likely at least one or two pitchers will come off the board in the first round of your draft. A few more will go in the second, and after that, it’s anything goes.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Reliever | Top 300 As with OF, you can almost always find a pitcher worth considering, so going with multiple pitchers in the first few rounds feels like an unnecessary risk, but you can make anything work as long as you’re willing to work the waiver wire once the season starts.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetFantasy Baseball Rankings: SPThese rankings are for standard 5×5, non-keeper leagues. Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings.* = Not eligible at SP on draft day but expected to be early in the season RankingPlayerTeam1Max ScherzerNationals2Chris SaleRed Sox3Jacob deGromMets4Justin VerlanderAstros5Gerrit ColeAstros6Corey KluberIndians7Aaron NolaPhillies8Carlos CarrascoIndians9Noah SyndergaardMets10Blake SnellRays11James PaxtonYankees12Walker BuehlerDodgers13Patrick CorbinNationals14Trevor BauerIndians15Jose BerriosTwins16Stephen StrasburgNationals17Zack GreinkeDiamondbacks18Mike ClevingerIndians19Jack FlahertyCardinals20Clayton KershawDodgers21Luis SeverinoYankees22Zack WheelerMets23Jameson TaillonPirates24Yu DarvishCubs25Madison BumgarnerGiants26Charlie MortonRays27Masahiro TanakaYankees28Robbie RayDiamondbacks29Miles MikolasCardinals30David PriceRed Sox31J.A. HappYankees32Luis CastilloReds33Eduardo RodriguezRed Sox34Tyler SkaggsAngels35German MarquezRockies36Kyle HendricksCubs37Rick PorcelloRed Sox38Shane BieberIndians39Kenta MaedaDodgers40Mike FoltynewiczBraves41Carlos MartinezCardinals42Jimmy NelsonBrewers43Nick PivettaPhillies44Chris ArcherPirates45Brad Peacock*Astros46Andrew HeaneyAngels47Hyun-jin RyuDodgers48Kyle GibsonTwins49Alex WoodReds50Rich HillDodgers51Zack GodleyDiamondbacks52Julio UriasDodgers53Michael WachaCardinals54Nathan EovaldiRed Sox55Kyle FreelandRockies56Joey LucchesiPadres57Sean NewcombBraves58Jon GrayRockies59Vince VelasquezPhillies60Cole HamelsCubs61Alex ReyesCardinals62Jose QuintanaCubs63Jon LesterCubs64Yusei KikuchiMariners65Dallas KeuchelFA66Jake ArrietaPhillies67Tyler GlasnowRays68Joe MusgrovePirates69Anibal SanchezNationals70Touki ToussaintBraves71Luke WeaverDiamondbacks72Collin McHughAstros73Brandon WoodruffBrewers74Marco GonzalesMariners75Kevin GausmanBraves76CC SabathiaYankees77Jesus LuzardoA’s78Josh JamesAstros79Mike MinorRangers80Sonny GrayReds81Wade MileyAstros82Julio TeheranBraves83Steven MatzMets84Ross StriplingDodgers85Trevor WilliamsPirates86Lance LynnRangers87Zach EflinPhillies88Michael PinedaTwins89Gio GonzalezYankees90Trevor CahillAngels91Danny DuffyRoyals92Jake OdorizziTwins93Reynaldo LopezWhite Sox94Jhoulys ChacinBrewers95Tyler AndersonRockies96Dylan BundyOrioles97Trevor RichardsMarlins98Marcus StromanBlue Jays99Aaron SanchezBlue Jays100Carlos RodonWhite Sox101Mike LeakeMariners102Mike FiersA’s103Jake FariaRays104Forrest WhitleyAstros105Brent HoneywellRays106Brad KellerRoyals107Matt HarveyAngels108Anthony DeSclafaniReds109Dereck RodriguezGiants110Lucas GiolitoWhite Sox111Mike SorokaBraves112Jeff SamardzijaGiants113Adam WainwrightCardinals114Felix HernandezMariners115Clay BuchholzBlue Jays116Ryan BoruckiBlue Jays117Chase AndersonBrewers118Jordan ZimmermannTigers119Drew SmylyRangers120Taijuan WalkerDiamondbacks121Ivan NovaWhite Sox122Freddy PeraltaBrewers123Marco EstradaA’s124Cody ReedReds125Matt MooreTigerslast_img read more