All of these elements compound the culture war of which Kaepernick has become an integral part. Fans incensed by his refusal to show deference to the American flag make arguments parallel to that of those who defend the Redskins’ name. For both, the violence committed under each symbol is incidental, if not negligible or nonexistent. The flag is no calling card of oppression, but a stand-in for sacrifices “the troops” have made for us; standing for it means showing respect for them. The Redskins name and mascot have been cast similarly as deserving reverence rather than anti-racist disavowal. “I think most do [understand], that the name really means honor, respect,” Snyder told ESPN in 2014. And both arguments have been validated by the NFL. In May, the league announced a new policy — since put on hold — that would force players to stand during the anthem or face punishment. Roger Goodell, the NFL’s commissioner, has repeatedly … [Read more...] about The Washington Redskins’ Interest in Colin Kaepernick Went Nowhere. Good.
Far better is it to dare mighty things
And yet the apparently eternal hulk was supremely fragile. In 2004, it cropped up on the World Monuments Fund’s endangered list. Dozens of schemes, each more grandly harebrained than the last, were rolled out, threatening various combinations of rescue and destruction. The New York–based architect Rafael Viñoly contributed several idas: A decade ago, a group of Irish developers hired him to design a new ostensibly “clean” power plant tucked below ground and topped with a new 1,000-foot chimney, next to an office park that would have been covered by a plastic “eco-dome.” That dream went the way of so many others in the 2008 financial crisis. Later, the Chelsea Football Club recruited Viñoly to design a soccer stadium there, though what he really wanted was a concert hall. The architect Terry Farrell suggested stripping the carcass down to four chimneys and two walls and enshrining it in parkland as an immense, evocative ruin. That proposal … [Read more...] about At Battersea Power Station, the Best We Could Hope for (in Both Senses)
"He was a good listener," says Willmott, who is also a film professor at the University of Kansas and won an Oscar alongside Spike Lee for writing "BlacKkKlansman." "He wasn't afraid of other people's opinions. He loved to debate. He won awards in debates. '' … [Read more...] about The one thing about Martin Luther King Jr.’s greatness everyone keeps missing
“I criticized the decision to keep the Gregoretti offshore from the Italian coasts when no one in the center-right had the courage to do so,'' said Mara Carfagna, a prominent official in the Forza Italia party headed by Silvio Berlusconi, the media mogul and ex-premier. … [Read more...] about Italy’s Salvini dares lawmakers to vote to put him on trial
Joaquin Phoenix won best actor in a leading role, for "Joker," continuing a winning streak that has landed him a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award. Renée Zellweger, also a Golden Globe winner for her well-received portrayal of Judy Garland, triumphed over Scarlett Johansson in the leading actress category. The supporting actress trophy went, not at all surprisingly, to Laura Dern - in the midst of an awards season sweep for her turn as a powerhouse divorce attorney in "Marriage Story" - while Brad Pitt took best supporting actor, for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." … [Read more...] about SAG Awards: 10 things to know, from Jennifer Aniston’s emotional speech to ‘Parasite’s’ big win