A recent incident at Amityville Memorial High School occurred in which the school’s athletic supervisor allegedly made a racial slur referring to minority players on the school’s football team during a game on April 24. Teacher and Athletic Supervisor Carl Spatola, who is white, allegedly said “Look at the monkeys run,” while he “laughed” not
The Syosset Central School District on Long Island has added steps into their curriculum to ensure that Black history is being taught at an elementary, middle and high school level. During the recurring Black Lives Matter protests last year, countless lives were lost at the hands of police brutality. Although a significant portion of the
The Black Lives Matter protests of summer 2020 sparked many conversations about systemic racism throughout the United States. The impetus for the protests were, of course, the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmed Arbery and far too many other innocent Black lives at the hands of the police. Countless Americans were taught for
This episode, I’m joined by Etlin Flores, creator of the She Is Fierce Project and podcast. She Is Fierce is an online platform geared towards empowering Black women and women of color and highlighting their experiences in predominantly white institutions (PWIs), friendships, relationships and more. On this episode we discuss her experiences at PWIs as
Staying informed with what’s going on in the world is just as important as reading up on thought-provoking books that explore issues of race. Incorporating theories that are rooted in Black thought, analytical essays and fiction stories centered on Black narratives into our reading diets gives us a new window to look through when critically
According to a study from Hofstra University that was published in March 2019, results found that although the number of minority students is increasing on Long Island, the amount of minority teachers is at a halt. From 1990 to 2013, the Black, Hispanic, Asian non Hispanic and other non-caucasian populations have increased while the white
In early March of 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement that all state schools will be closed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. This announcement made waves through college campuses across New York, and was the first of many decisions that would leave SUNY students questioning; what’s next? The original decision to close SUNY
Since it’s Women’s History Month, we definitely have to promote one of the biggest most diverse summits on Long Island, the annual Women’s Diversity Summit. Since starting three years ago, the summit has been able to amass hundreds of attendees. Last year, 400 men, women and children were in attendance. The all-day event is packed
“Closing the hiring gate is an act of hate,” and “Diversity means opportunity for all,” were just a few of the signs flashed during the Black Long Island Education Commission’s protest against the in-house hiring of two white male administrators in Brentwood. There was no job postings and no interview process for these positions. The
The worst day of 13-year-old Alexa Petito’s life was back in sixth grade when she found a fake Instagram account portraying her in a negative light that was created and operated by around 16 students at her old school in Nassau County. Alexa’s mom, Jacqueline Petito, said the most shocking image used was a kindergarten
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