CASLEE SIMS | Staff Writer
“Appetizing”, was the word that sophomore forward LenNard Freeman used to describe this 2014-15 N.C. State basketball season, “we definitely aren’t done, we have a lot more to accomplish together”.
It was a very eventful season and interesting offseason for the Wolfpack.
Mark Gottfried has managed to take the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament each of his four seasons while at the helm, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen twice. Before the arrival of Gottfried, the Wolfpack made it to what he calls “greatest show on Earth” five times in a 20-year span.
The departure of last season’s ACC Player of the year T.J. Warren left the team with huge holes to fill. He had been averaging 22 points per game, including a long stretch in which he scored 30 or more points.
Fortunately, the second of N.C. State’s transfers from the SEC, junior guard Trevor Lacey was able to pick up where Warren left off. The attention he garnered defensively opened up opportunities for senior guard/forward Ralston Turner, enabling him to knock down a career high of 3-pointers this season.
While Lacey led to Pack in scoring at almost 16 points per game, it was the emergence of Sophomore guard Anthony “Cat” Barber over the last half of the season that helped the Pack deliver three top-15 victories this season, including a win at #15 North Carolina, ending a 12-game road skid versus the Tar Heels.
Gottfried’s recruiting has also been a major component of the success he and the team has enjoyed in recent years. The additions of freshman forward Abdul-Malik Abu, twins Caleb and Cody Martin and transfer guard Terry Henderson gives the Wolfpack faithful something to look forward to.
These three freshmen along with the sophomore Henderson will be stalwarts in Gottfried’s rotation next season and their maturation will be key in helping the team have sustained success.
Why? Trevor Lacey has left for the NBA draft and sophomore forward Kyle Washington is reportedly transferring.
Lacey’s early departure is characteristic of the state of college basketball. His departure leaves another hole to fill, just as Warren’s bolt for the draft did. His success in the NBA will be something that fans will be rooting for. His shot creating ability, isolation prowess, leadership and willingness to play defense shall be coveted at the next level.
The news of Washington transferring could be looked at as something that was inevitable. Inevitable how? Washington is a highly skilled forward with the ability to knock down mid-range jumpers and the occasional 3-pointer. His streaky jump shot can generate offense in a hurry. Washington started a span of 15 straight contests this season and abruptly seen his minutes decreased and Gottfried deferring to Abu as the starting forward. His offense and his energy will be missed in the Wolfpack’s rotation next season.
So far, N.C. State has not acquired any recruits for this upcoming season, but there are a few top undeclared recruits considering taking their talents to Raleigh. Mark Gottfried and this still very talented roster will be looking to go 5-for-5 in NCAA tournament appearances during Gottfried’s tenure next season.
Nia Doaks | Managing Editor
Again. Yet again we hear about a killing of an unarmed black man by a police officer- except this time, the entire incident was caught on video.
This time, the officer who shot this man was charged with murder and is facing the death penalty.
In light of the recent events in Ferguson and New York, the shooting of Walter Scott is causing a buzz in communities across the nation.
For those who don’t know, on Saturday Walter Scott was stopped by a police officer in a traffic stop, attempted to flee from the officer, and was shot eight times in the back from many feet away.
Afterwards, the officer orders unconscious Scott to put his hands behind his back. In a later statement, the officer claims that Scott had his taser – which is not what is seen in this video.
Why is deadly forced used so often on people of color? Why aren’t these biases addressed before police officers step out onto the field of duty?
How many fathers, brothers, and sons have to be buried before this issue is taken seriously?
This particular incident hits very close to home – just one state away, in South Carolina. I am speechless at the continued violence and injustices that plague Black communities across the nation.
I hope that justice will be served, this time, in the case of Walter Scott. I am wondering what it will take for our society to appreciate the Black men that have been placed on this earth, rather than trying to take them from it. Something has got to give.
We need a change in our society. We need for things to be different, and for the continuous injustices like these to stop being excused and ignored. We can’t breathe.
Yeremiyah Cruz | Correspondent
What is a dark lie? The nuances that penetrate global and American culture contaminate how members of society perceive everyday life. The most detrimental facet of this phenomenon is that most people are unaware of the influence that affects their perspective.
Yes, this is a controversial topic; however, it is necessary that citizens of America begin to confront the issues that halt the progress of our society. White privilege is a product of the United States ugly history, and it continues to inconspicuously permeate American culture.
This article aims to identify the factors that cause people to either associate or dissociate themselves from Black culture. Ideas that are prevalent in mainstream media, etymology, folklore, and pop culture present arguments that undermine what it truly means to be Black; these factors are explored on NC State University’s campus.
Talking white, dressing white, white lies, light jokes, white light, white paper, white dress. Acting black, dark jokes, black magic, black sheep, black cat, black eye, blackface, black dress, black hoodie. It is obvious that phrases using the adjective black or dark are associated with negative things while the opposite is true for phrases that use the term white or light. Such subliminal messages are in part responsible for the construct of ideals that cause stereotypic categorization of individuals at a young age.
Various authors, including CBS and 60 Minutes, have done research that shows how youth are influenced to think that being black is associated with either a disadvantage or a negative character trait. These same psychological constructs subliminally affect the moral foundation of youth in America that cause their perception of reality to be distorted.
The biggest white lie of all is that racial inequality is a thing of the past, and that acts such as a group of Oklahoma University students chanting racial prejudices are a reciprocal backfire of the late famous authority figure shootings. The video simply epitomizes the influence that our history still has on life in America. Minorities have been targeted by civilians and police officers alike and have yet to be indicted. A federal investigation, released in early March, revealed that Black people in Ferguson, Missouri were indeed targeted by an entire police force in order to improve job ratings and reap salary increases through unwarranted ticketing and arrests. It is easy to go to Plessy vs. Ferguson on Twitter or quote Martin Luther King; but the fact is, the mid to late 20th century was more progressive than our current era. Something must be done about the grotesque discrepancy in real equality. There is no better a place than a university campus for real change to be initiated.
As the members of an empowered body, students and faculty must take it upon themselves to show that bigotry is an extreme form of injustice and will not be tolerated by any member of society.
Black students are not the only ones obligated to take on the task of moving into action, mainly because an effective solution to the Nation’s racial divide can only be realized through the interaction of members from different backgrounds.
This common goal can be achieved by educating people on the Human Genome project that scientifically proves skin color is a negligible factor regarding any particular human being’s ability and is only a miniscule fraction of the beautiful and extensive genetic scaffolds that are tarnished with the culture of greed and hate.
In other words, skin color is such an enormous yet superfluous focal point, pertinent issues that were meant to be addressed become overshadowed by the concentration of one’s pigmentation. For example, Barack Obama’s campaign was shaded by questions regarding the President’s citizenship and loyalty towards the Nation.
No other presidential candidate has ever faced such challenges, and Barry’s just as white as he is black! Americans need to learn the importance of multicultural tolerance and educate themselves about each other’s backgrounds. A platform that invokes peace and understanding via cross-cultural interaction is the only solution to society’s issue of racial inequality.
With various racial incidents occurring across the nation, the general consensus around the Black community is that the incidents themselves are not shocking; but rather the way that Americans are responding to such grave and historic matters, is. Khari Cyrus, an African American student, was recently elected as Student Body President.
Unfortunately, the North Carolina State University campus continues to suffer from the ignorance of racial inequality. As stated in an earlier Nubian Message issue, the Student Body President elect was faced with death threats and other racial remarks on social media. His only fault for being targeted was running for SPB as a Black person.
This is a blatant form of white privilege that only shows face when an African American member of society threatens the imbalance of racial inequality. The fact is, the greater majority of white members of society are not faced with the same challenges that Black people are faced with.
Affirmative action does not negate the advantage that has been gained through the deliberate crippling of minority Americans since 1492.
No matter what your ethnicity, this should be enough to make your blood boil. The direction of our society’s progress is in your hands. What will you contribute to?
Jillian Smith | Staff Writer
On November 22, 2014, a 12-yearold boy from Cleveland was gunned down by police in a public park. The young black male, Tamir Rice, was playing with a BB gun when a police cruiser pulled up next to him.
The video surveillance obtained from the park shows Rice sitting under a gazebo seconds before the two policemen pull up next to him. He stands up when he sees the police cruiser. Upon opening his door, rookie Officer Timothy Loehmann fires at Rice. This occurs within two seconds of the officers arriving at the park.
The response from the city, originally given early this month, said that the injuries to Tamir Rice “were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant [Loehmann]” and “by the failure … to exercise due care to avoid injury,” lawyer-speak for “it’s his fault, not ours.”
He shouldn’t have been in the park. He shouldn’t have the BB gun. He shouldn’t have been pointing it at people. He shouldn’t have been black.
Nowhere within this statement do they fault the 911 dispatcher who should have informed the officers that the 911 caller said the gun was “probably fake, but you know what, he’s scaring the s— out of people,” and later said described Tamir as “probably a juvenile.”
Nowhere does the statement suggest that the young officer acted before fully assessing the situation or that the city missed some potential red flags from the officer’s background.
On March 20, they amended this statement to include less “charged” language, and Mayor Frank Jackson issued an apology for the wording of the first statement.
In my opinion, the wording of that first statement is a clear reflection of the attitudes many people have concerning the deaths of black men and women. They shouldn’t have been doing what they were doing. They shouldn’t have been black.
This statement and many of the articles following it echo the words we’ve been seeing for decades. In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till wolf-whistled at a white woman. He was beaten and hanged in Southern Mississippi. The two men involved were acquitted of all charges.
Mississippi Civil Rights activist and NAACP field secretary Medgar Evers was a danger to white segregation in 1963 and for that, he was gunned down in his front yard. The murderer, Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens Council, was acquitted of all charges.
Rodney King is brutally beaten by four L.A. Police officers in 1991 after a high-speed chase. They are indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force by a police officer. They are acquitted of all charges.
In February 2012, Florida teen Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman. The 17-yearold had been reaching for Skittles in his pocket while wearing a sweatshirt with the hood up. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges.
In July 2014, Eric Garner’s death is caught on camera as a NYPD officer holds him in a chokehold, suffocating him. Garner had been breaking up a nearby fight when officers accused him of selling loose cigarettes and then of resisting. Wilson was acquitted of all charges.
18-year-old Michael Brown did not follow the directions of police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. As he ran away with his hands up, proclaiming he did not have a weapon, Wilson fired multiple rounds.
All of these cases have something in common: blaming black Americans for their own deaths at the hands of white racism.
Rather than focus on the hard-tosolve problem of systemic and institutionalized racism, we question whether the black victim is worthy of our outrage—whether his parents are respectable, whether he was a nice boy in school, what he was wearing, or they way his hand was moving.
In this society, the very term “black innocence” is an oxymoron.
As more and more violent crimes against the black community accumulate, we are left wondering what can be done to stop it, and when accountability will become a priority for our police and governments.