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NFL Domestic Abusers Get Tap on Wrist

Black news from Pasadena - Commentary - NFL and domestic violence history of punishmentsThe NFL – which has been referred to as everything from the National Felons League to, in the cases of players, Not For Long – has imposed a lifetime ban on Ray Rice yet rarely disciplines other brazen offenders. And when a team takes the rare action of disciplining a player for striking a woman, it usually results in a tap on the wrist.

The National Football League initially imposed a two-game suspension of Rice after it was disclosed that he had abused his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino hotel elevator. But after the celebrity website TMZ aired the full video showing Rice knocking out his future wife with a strong blow to the face, rendering her unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens voided Rice's contract and the NFL banned him from pro football for life.

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World Beyond Our Own

Black news from Pasadena - Commentary - Global awareness and ISIS fightPresident Obama says he is going to take ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) out. I wonder how many of us have been to that part of the world. I haven't and I wonder if our visions would help us understand what is going on there.

If I had a gazillion dollars – or maybe just Koch bothers money – I'd send every student I knew, especially African American students, out of the country. While I'd most enjoy sending them to Africa or the diaspora, any place would work. The point would be for them to get out of their immediate environment, out of their privilege. By doing so, they might gain better insight into why so many in other countries have antipathy toward us.

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