Category Archives: race

MSG Disgrace

The New York Knicks were one of the original teams in the NBA. Red Holzman coached Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere, Dick Barnett,Phil Jackson and several other players to championships in 1970 and 1973. The Knicks fell apart in the ensuing years, but they were lucky enough to draft Pat Ewing in […]

NBA Color Blind

This NBA season I have been watching the Boston Celtics on www.vipbox.me. The website remains with the game during commercial breaks. Last night my hometown team played the Utah Jazz and I noticed once more that the crowd was mostly white. Like 99% white. And very white. While the players are predominantly black. I haven’t […]

STRANGE FRUIT Billy Holiday

Billy Holiday was introduced to the song STRANGE FRUIT by the owner of NY’s integrated nightclub Cafe Society. The words came from a poem by a Jewish school teacher from the Bronx. According to Wikipedia she first performed the song in 1939 closing out her set in total darkness other than the light on her […]

Big Mouth White Boy

The Boston Celtics had assembled the Big Three to win the NBA Championship. In 2008 my team won the title behind Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett with help from center Kendrick Perkins and the playmaking sensation Rajon Rondo. The Celtics met the LA Lakers in 2010 Finals to repeat their success. Kobe subbed […]

Tar In The Blood

My father’s side of the family arrived on the the Mayflower. They were Howlands. My Irish Nana sailed on a ship a deck above steerage in the Year of the Crow. She was 14. In 1966 my parents enrolled my name in the ranks of The Sons of Colonial Wars and Mayflower Descendants. As an […]