What It’s Like Walking Through New York City as a Young White Male

Oct 30, 2014 By Abraham 1

A couple days ago we all saw what a young woman faces as she walks silently through New York City in jeans and a T-shirt. Now let’s see what a young man endures…

Finally, a Solution to All Your Accidental Racism

Oct 22, 2014 By Abraham 0

You’re probably not thoroughly racist, but that doesn’t mean you don’t stick your foot in your mouth sometimes when you’re around someone of a different race.

Fortunately, there’s now protection from the effects of your inadvertent racism…

(NSFW language)

8-Year-Old Gets to Suit up for High School Football Game, Scores the Best Touchdown Ever…

Oct 17, 2014 By Joey White 2

An 8-year-old boy with Down syndrome stole the show at a high school football game last night in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. First grader Gabe White has roamed the sidelines of the high school’s freshman team as their honorary captain this fall while watching his older brother play.

For the last game of the season, Coach Mark Apfel gave Gabe an oversized football jersey, helmet, and shoulder pads and told him to suit up…

Gabe and Coach

The game ended with a loss for the Hodags to the visiting Mosinee High School, but the Rhinelander players stuck around. There was a “5th quarter” still to be played.

As Rhinelander walked back onto the field, the Mosinee players couldn’t figure out what was going on. Then they noticed the 8-year-old boy on the field in a helmet and pads, and their coach told them, “Run the kickoff and don’t tackle him!”

The boys from Mosinee realized what was going on and did exactly what their coach asked them to. The weary group returned to the field and lined up for the kickoff, leaping through the air with missed tackles as they chased an 8-year-old boy to the end zone…

Gabe’s moment on the gridiron with his high school heroes is especially noteworthy for me because he’s my little brother. It’s not often I get to write a story about someone I know, much less someone in my family.

What those kids from Mosinee did was a spectacular display of sportsmanship. They didn’t have to drag themselves back onto that field, much less put the effort they did into running that last play. It was a great moment for Gabe, those fans, and everyone on the field, and now it’s a great moment for the rest of us.

Woman Ironically Embroiders Catcalls She’s Received. It Feels Silly…Until You Pay Attention

Oct 14, 2014 By Joey White 5

Embroidered samplers typically contain sweet, soothing scenes or inspirational quotes, but this isn’t your traditional embroidery…

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Brooklyn artist Elana Adler started recording the catcalls she heard on the street and turning them into these powerful embroidered samplers. She’s amassed dozens of the gross phrases for her project, which she named You Are My Duchess after a comment directed at her in a catcall.

The vulgarity of the quotes are odd against the softness of the medium, reenforcing how inappropriate they are. Adler notes,

You read one sampler. Perhaps you are amused, but as you continue reading and consider the body as an entire collection, the response changes. The inherent filth emerges. It is a beautification of an assault. Perhaps in the moment these statements are meant to compliment, but most don’t find vulgar, highly sexualized statements whispered or screamed at them by random strangers complimentary. Rather, they are an invasion of personal space.

We’ve featured several of Adler’s pieces here, but be sure to check out her website for the rest of the series…

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A College Class Turned Their School’s Unused Parking into Thousands of Dollars for Scholarships

Oct 14, 2014 By Megan Berman 0

A genius idea from a college business class is now being implemented by a small college in the NYC suburbs, and it’s raising them thousands of dollars for scholarships.

Purchase College, which is located near Westchester County Airport, runs a 24 hour valet parking and shuttle service for travelers headed towards the airport–where parking spaces are few and far between.

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The college’s service, Purchase Park 2 Fly, charges a $10 daily rate for online reservations. The airport? It charges $28.80.

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Manipulative Cop Pretends to Be Chill to Trick a Young Driver. The Kid Handled It Perfectly…

Oct 10, 2014 By Abraham 4

Earlier this month, a young man and his friends were pulled over for driving without their headlights on. Obviously this isn’t that big of an infraction and the officer let them go without a ticket. However, he then began a very strange and inappropriate conversation that began with an innocuous question about disc golf, but then got bad fast…

Of course, the driver should have left as soon as he was allowed to instead of engaging in this conversation, but the officer tricked him into thinking they were starting a friendly bit of small talk. The kid’s good manners prevented him from simply driving away, and then all of a sudden he was having to think on his feet to keep the cop from manipulating his way into the vehicle.

The Ankeny, Iowa police department has been made aware of this video, and has apologized

[T]he officer engages the driver in a line of questioning that is foolish and not representative of the Ankeny Police Dept.’s training or interactions with the public. This verbal exchange did not meet the level of professionalism expected of Ankeny police officers. Ankeny Police Chief Gary Mikulec respectfully apologizes for the officer’s demeaning statement and assures that the video has been preserved for an internal investigation.