Sit Down, Randy: The Myth of Bootstrap Pulling | by Chris Thompson

Sit Down, Randy: The Myth of Bootstrap Pulling by Chris Thompson ^ additional editing by Calvin Eaton  Hi. If you have ever said, “I don’t see race”, “This black person is successful, so why aren’t you”, “Stop dwelling in the past”, “It goes both ways”, “You’re creating division by talking about this”, or my favorite,Continue reading “Sit Down, Randy: The Myth of Bootstrap Pulling | by Chris Thompson”

RCSD Teacher & Event Spotlight w/ Alicia Renner | Stories of Resilience Open Mic Showcase (May 23)

We are pleased to spotlight a Rochester City School District teacher for the first time ever here on 540Blog RCSD Teacher & Event Spotlight w/ Alicia Renner Why did you become a teacher?   AR: I started teaching English when I moved to Mexico City. In that setting, being a native English speaker was a uniqueContinue reading “RCSD Teacher & Event Spotlight w/ Alicia Renner | Stories of Resilience Open Mic Showcase (May 23)”

Black Billionare Robert F. Smith Helps Level The Playing Field For Morehouse Grads | by Calvin Eaton

The graduating class of 2019 is in full swing for students across the nation and this past weekend Morehouse grads got a gift that made their ceremony just a little bit sweeter. Robert F. Smith, a billionaire investor and philanthropist, gave the ultimate graduation gift to every member of the Morehouse College Class of 2019:Continue reading “Black Billionare Robert F. Smith Helps Level The Playing Field For Morehouse Grads | by Calvin Eaton”

The Curious Case of Caster Semenya: Hottentot Artemis by Chris Thompson

The Curious Case of Caster Semenya: Hottentot Artemis by Chris Thompson It has been a week since the news broke, and I am still seething over the International Association of Athletics Federations decision against South African athlete Caster Semenya. Ten years after their original findings, after many more competitions and a long fight in courts,Continue reading “The Curious Case of Caster Semenya: Hottentot Artemis by Chris Thompson”

Desperately Searching for the Elephant in the Room: A Rochester Beacon Forum | A Blog of Words & Gifs by Calvin Eaton

On a very rainy Monday, when my allergies were in high flare and a persistent cold rain had forced day four of the 2019 Rochester Lilac Festival to close I told myself that despite every reason to stay in bed I would push myself to attend Rochester Beacon’s  sold out forum  titled “ Rochester Schools:Continue reading “Desperately Searching for the Elephant in the Room: A Rochester Beacon Forum | A Blog of Words & Gifs by Calvin Eaton”