Would quinoa salad (with white bread) represent white people?
by Nicole Funes
How ignorant of a Catholic girls’ school to honor Black culture by reducing us to fried chicken and watermelon on their menu?
I found it insulting that just 18 miles from West Oakland, in the diverse Bay Area, a group of suburban school girls at Carondelet in Concord decided what to do for Black History Month without looking up a single thing about Black History on the Internet. They just talked about FOOD in the cafeteria. And resorted to STEREOTYPES!!!!
And don’t they have an adviser? Are there no adults involved in menu selection, let alone education?
I think that those white people were being racist and they didn’t even know what Black History month was about. Their attitude is just too…cavalier.
For instance, if we were in their shoes and had a month to celebrate white history month (as though anyone would REDUCE white history to ONE month of the year) and we said, “Oh, to honor white people this month, we’re going to have salad, white bread, olives, and lemonade for lunch. We should put it on our lunch menu!”
And our principal wouldn’t even notice or say anything about it and, then we would go on TV and make fun of their culture like how they do, thinking we barely know their culture or what food they eat, just because it says “white” in front of “history month”, we only have to GUESS what they eat. And then we would have an assembly because peoples’ feelings got hurt, so we just had to apologize: nothing more. As though, you could just take back words that had inflicted pain.
You would justify your action by claiming ignorance: oh, we just put something to eat this day because we had an assumption that white people eat this food because we might have friends who are white and now we think we are part of the clique!
Oakland police raids the notorious Acorn Projects
by Jacob Miles
They use the word “notorious” to describe the projects near McClymonds, where many of us live.
It’s more gang-controlled than police-patrolled, but it’s home.
This week, when police targeted a gang operating out of Acorn, there was a mixture of relief and hatred. People are always mixed about Oakland police.
A massive raid, in which about 300 law enforcement officers took part, resulted in the arrest of five suspects on gun and drug charges, Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan told reporters last week.
Oakland police Lt. Tony Jones said 150 FBI agents, 120 Oakland police officers and several dozen officers from San Leandro, Hayward and Antioch served 16 narcotics and weapons warrants.
Jones said officers were hoping to arrest more suspects and seize more military-style weapons but some of the people they were looking for at the Acorn complex, which is between Seventh and 10th streets near Adeline Street, saw officers coming and were able to get away.
This is not unusual. The perps can see the police coming just like in New Jack City. From the 9th floor, you can see the police and alert your posse to fan out through the walk-throughs and passageways.
“They have more control inside the projects because they’re in a secure area as opposed to other hoods being on the corner in the open,” said Walter Nathaniel, a freshman and also a Acorn resident.
The gang was involved in many shootings and other acts of violence, both in West Oakland near its turf and across town in East Oakland.
“People in the hood don’t care about police and they still do what they want to do. It won’t stop anyone from getting their money or violence to end,” said Anton Smith, 17, an Acorn resident who goes to school in San Leandro.
“The investigations will continue and more arrests are coming,” Jones vowed.
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