Chicago culture – Chicago 43rd http://chicago43rd.org/ Sun, 07 Nov 2021 23:13:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://chicago43rd.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-8-120x120.png Chicago culture – Chicago 43rd http://chicago43rd.org/ 32 32 Blackhawks scandal shows how failed hockey culture at Kyle Beach https://chicago43rd.org/blackhawks-scandal-shows-how-failed-hockey-culture-at-kyle-beach/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 14:54:49 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/blackhawks-scandal-shows-how-failed-hockey-culture-at-kyle-beach/ Theo Fleury knows what Kyle Beach experiences on a daily basis as a survivor of an alleged sexual assault. “It’s like a living murder,” said Fleury, who was assaulted by a coach as a youth and exposed that trauma after his 15-year NHL career ended, battling addiction along the way. . Fleury wrote about her […]]]>

Theo Fleury knows what Kyle Beach experiences on a daily basis as a survivor of an alleged sexual assault.

“It’s like a living murder,” said Fleury, who was assaulted by a coach as a youth and exposed that trauma after his 15-year NHL career ended, battling addiction along the way. .

Fleury wrote about her experiences in an autobiography published in 2009. Beach’s alleged sexual assault by Chicago Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich occurred in 2010, but was not revealed until last month. . And they’re not the only junior or pro hockey players with similar stories.

In each of these incidents, the conversation tends to turn to hockey culture. Could sport that emphasizes the team rather than the individual, stifles worries and delays embracing change, contribute to these incidents?



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A writer’s experience with the culture of cancellation https://chicago43rd.org/a-writers-experience-with-the-culture-of-cancellation/ Thu, 04 Nov 2021 19:58:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/a-writers-experience-with-the-culture-of-cancellation/ When I was in senior year I had a weekly column in the local newspaper, the San Bruno Recorder-Progress. By not writing for the school newspaper, I hoped to cover more controversial topics. Growing up in the tolerant and pluralistic San Francisco Bay Area, I wanted to write an article that would be pro-LGBTQ +. […]]]>

When I was in senior year I had a weekly column in the local newspaper, the San Bruno Recorder-Progress. By not writing for the school newspaper, I hoped to cover more controversial topics.

Growing up in the tolerant and pluralistic San Francisco Bay Area, I wanted to write an article that would be pro-LGBTQ +.

But the column turned against him.

I don’t remember the exact words I wrote, but it was something like “the head cheerleader or quarterback of the high school football team might be gay” so refrain your just indignation.

But the chronicle was read differently: “Attention! They are everywhere !

Looking back, my choice of words was indelicate to say the least. But it was too late. The newspaper received a scathing letter from San Francisco’s leading LGBTQ + newspaper, urging me to seek therapy. The Recorder-Progress then fired me.

To use contemporary language, I had been canceled.

You would think I would have learned from my indiscretion in high school, but a year later I was editing the newsletter for a program I attended at UCLA. We had a suggestion box where other students could submit jokes. One of these attempts was a crude and misogynistic retort. My 18 year old self either thought the controversy was good! or was hopelessly distraught. I published it.

The backlash came quickly. Canceled again.

I AM NOT here to defend my youthful lack of tact – and I hope I never write such things today. But it gave me a sensitivity to the power of words, a power that in 2021 is turned against public figures by those who feel offended or triggered.

Write on a computer keyboard [Illustrative] (credit: ING IMAGE)

And while there is a lot of horrible language that deserves to be challenged and even quashed, it has created a climate of fear for writers like me. If I apply for something particularly provocative, could I be canceled again? So, I hold back (even though it seems like I’m usually overkill).

Others weren’t so lucky.

Old New York Times Journalist Bari Weiss regularly denounces the culture’s cancellation, featuring on her website and podcast professors like Peter Boghossian from Portland State University and Dorian Abbot from the University of Chicago, all of whom have two were canceled for alleged “false speech” on campus.

Abbot, for example, who advocated racially-independent university admissions policies, was barred from speaking about his actual area of ​​expertise, “as if his views on racial preferences irrevocably tainted his work in climatology. John McWhorter notes in The New York Times. .

This has led to “an epidemic of self-silence,” Weiss writes in the Deseret News. She quotes a law student who wrote that “self-censorship is the norm, not the exception. I censor myself even when talking to some of my best friends for fear the rumor will spread.

A study by the Cato Institute found that 62% of Americans say they censor themselves.

For the most part, we should take this as a good thing. Social networks are ugly enough. Imagine if people didn’t censor themselves at all!

But I fear that we are losing important voices that can no longer be heard, because they said or wrote or did inappropriate things in their past.

What do you do with someone who has unique gifts but whose language or actions are blatant? Earlier this year, Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced that it was canceling the publication of six of the famous author’s books “because of racist and callous images.”

Or how about the famous anti-Semite Roald Dahl? Are we negating Dahl’s work entirely? Putting trigger warnings on the covers of its books, like HBO did when it repackaged Gone with the Wind for the Awake Generation?

When it comes to sexual abuse, the discussion becomes even more confusing.

HBO’s documentary Allen vs. Farrow details Woody Allen’s allegations of sexual abuse of his adopted daughter, Dylan. The program doesn’t fire any punches: from the start, it proves without flinching that Allen is indeed guilty.

Allen then lost a book publisher, and Amazon ended a four-movie deal he had with the director.

Woody Allen may be a serial abuser and, as the documentary reveals, a serial idiot, but we lost a creative voice, someone I loved growing up. It’s not just his future job – many won’t even watch Allen’s past movies anymore. Can I?

Old Haaretz Columnist Ari Shavit aggressively hit journalist Danielle Berrin and other women, resulting in her resignation from the newspaper. Yet he also wrote My Promised Land, one of the most astute books on modern Israel. Earlier this year, Shavit released a new book, which was outright rejected by many, not on the merits of his arguments but because of his off-the-print behaviors.

Then there is “intersectionality” which has created an environment where unashamed Zionists – and all Jews by extension – are excluded from participating in progressive causes. The recent hubbub over Sunrise DC’s disinvitation of three Jewish advocacy groups to a rally focused not on Middle East politics but on climate change highlights the fact that, as Weiss laments, if you don’t want to be canceled, “you must disavow Jewish power and you must disown Israel.”

THE ANSWER to the annulment conundrum is balance. Certain behaviors and speeches are clearly beyond pallor. We should never tolerate racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia or sexual abuse.

Other actions and writings, however, demand more nuance – which is sorely lacking in today’s extreme political climate – and even the possibility for the offender to do teshuva (repentance), provided it is sincerely offered.

Can we do this in today’s increasingly polarized world? I am not sure. But what other choice do we have than to try?

The writer’s book, Totaled: The Billion-Dollar Crash of the Startup that Take on Big Auto, Big Oil and the World, is available on Amazon and other online booksellers. brianblum.com


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New documentary on acid house and the birth of British rave culture launches crowdfunding for release https://chicago43rd.org/new-documentary-on-acid-house-and-the-birth-of-british-rave-culture-launches-crowdfunding-for-release/ Tue, 02 Nov 2021 13:19:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/new-documentary-on-acid-house-and-the-birth-of-british-rave-culture-launches-crowdfunding-for-release/ A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to support the release of a brand new documentary, “All We Wanna Do Is Dance”, which captures the explosion of acid house and British rave culture of the late 1980s to the 90s. The film – directed, edited and self-funded so far by Gordon Mason – consists of archival […]]]>

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to support the release of a brand new documentary, “All We Wanna Do Is Dance”, which captures the explosion of acid house and British rave culture of the late 1980s to the 90s.

The film – directed, edited and self-funded so far by Gordon Mason – consists of archival footage, mostly unseen and captured from 1988, from various dance music centers, such as Chicago, Manchester, London. . and Ibiza.

The story, says a press release, is “told by the people who were there, the pioneers who took over the establishment and literally fought for their right to party.”

Robert Owens, member of Fingers Inc. and legendary house singer, narrates the film, which includes interviews with over 60 influential figures in house and rave culture history, including A&R producer and Trax Records Marshall Jefferson; key acidic London DJ Colin Faver (died 2015); Paul Oakenfold; Carl Cox; A guy called Gerald; Fabio & Grooverider; and much more.

The film looks back at the makers of Detroit and Chicago who developed the sound of house music and parties from that time, and traces the development to influential British parties, such as Helter Skelter and Fantazia, as well as those which took place at Manchester’s legendary and now closed Haçienda club.

In addition to its extensive interview collection, the film features a soundtrack of 56 pieces of classic house and rave music, which, the crowdfunding page explains, means that “the music release budget is significant, well. that this is compensated by certain frugal archive authorizations and low post-production costs “.

As a result, director Mason has launched a campaign to help fund the film until its final release, which you can support. here, where you can also learn more about the project as a whole and watch a trailer for the documentary.

A new photo book capturing the Haacienda in its heyday has recently been released.

Last year The Haçienda – which was recently recreated in VR – was voted one of the UK’s best historic sites, despite the fact that the warehouse that once housed the Manchester club no longer exists.


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NHL still has a long way to go to repair its toxic culture https://chicago43rd.org/nhl-still-has-a-long-way-to-go-to-repair-its-toxic-culture/ Mon, 01 Nov 2021 16:37:30 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/nhl-still-has-a-long-way-to-go-to-repair-its-toxic-culture/ Content Disclaimer: This story contains a discussion of sexual assault. Sexual assault is something that will stay with you forever. There is no way to describe how it makes you feel, or how it sticks to you like a threatening and unwanted shadow but always present, even one that glows in the dark. Language does […]]]>

Content Disclaimer: This story contains a discussion of sexual assault.

Sexual assault is something that will stay with you forever. There is no way to describe how it makes you feel, or how it sticks to you like a threatening and unwanted shadow but always present, even one that glows in the dark. Language does not allow us the right words to share the impact, to share the emptiness, the despair, the black hole that you are becoming.

But you have to understand that before you understand how much hockey, Blackhawks, NHLPA and NHL have let down Brad Aldrich survivors. And not just how they failed the survivors a decade ago, but how they still fail them – even after everything we know now.

In May, TSN’s Rick Westhead reported that a former Chicago player was suing the team for covering up sexual abuse by then-video coach Brad Alrdich. Apparently each week revealed more heinous details about the abuse and what the Blackhawks – including GM Stan Bowman – knew. And every week, members of the mainstream media ignored the story.

Jenner & Block’s investigation into the alleged Chicago sexual abuse cover-up revealed some very sinister and shocking things. The report says senior management – including Stan Bowman, Kevin Cheveldayoff and Joel Quenneville – discussed the allegations. This contradicts the previous statements of the parties involved that they had no prior knowledge.

This overwhelmingly suggests that the Blackhawks came together to ultimately decide they were interested in things other than protecting Aldrich’s current and future survivors.

Kyle Beach was revealed to be the survivor on Wednesday and was interviewed by Westhead. In the interview, Beach explained that it made him sick.

“The only way I could describe it was that I felt sick, I had a stomach ache. I reported this and was informed that ‘Doc’ (James) Gary had climbed the chain of command and nothing had happened. It was as if her life was the same as the day before. Same every day. And then when they won, seeing him walk by lifting the Cup, at the parade, at the team photos, at the celebrations, it made me feel like nothing. It made me feel like I didn’t exist. It made me feel like I wasn’t important and… it made me feel like he was right and I was wrong.

And that’s also what “Doc” Gary told me, that it was my fault because I got into this situation. And the combination of those and him being walked around, then letting him take the Stanley Cup to a high school with kids after they found out what happened.

But the team’s cover-up also allowed Aldrich to continue hunting. This resulted in more sexual abuse, including a minor in Michigan.

To be clear: it was not a mistake. It was a calculated decision made to protect a winning team.

It took a decade for it to reach the ears of the public. And even now, a decade later, justice has not been served.

Once the findings were shared, Stan Bowman was allowed to resign rather than professionally reprimanded by being fired. He was also allowed to resign from USA Hockey, where he had been appointed general manager of the Olympic team. Cheveldayoff and Quenneville, who left Chicago to work for the Jets and Panthers respectively, were allowed to continue in their roles. Quenneville even coached against the Bruins, although the Panthers declined his post-game media availability before also allowing him the luxury of stepping down rather than firing him for his actions.

Bettman said he would reserve judgment on the two until he spoke to them.

So after all of this barely the bare minimum was served. There is no reason for Bettman to wait to talk to anyone since the results already explained what had happened. Quenneville knew. Bowman knew. Chevrolet knew. They covered up on sexual assault so they could win, period.

Because they sat there and ignored a survivor and allowed a predator to break free and hurt other people. It is something that can never be atoned for. The only appropriate punishment is a lifetime ban from hockey and leadership positions, and in particular from any position in organizations serving youth.

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It’s not just management. They are also the players.

Westhead reported that a source said the players knew. In cases like these, someone probably knows or suspects. Yet no one did anything. They were all accomplices.

They are not the only ones who have to leave. Look at Bettman, who chose to do nothing. Or Blackhawks captain and crew chief Jonathan Toews, who called Bowman – after it was proven he covered up a sexual assault – a good person.

Then there are the journalists who did not report on it and did not share when it was reported. Some of these reporters are now calling on the NHL to act, but they haven’t done their job when it counts.

Beach also said he contacted the NHLPA and Donald Fehr, but his agent tell TSN that “after this conversation, the NHLPA let me go. I never heard from them again.

As horrible as it all can be, it’s not surprising. It’s not a bug in the system – it’s the system.

Hockey is a factory. Players are the entry and winning is the exit. When a person is considered a disposable product, the well-being of that person as a person disappears.

There are many more cases of sexual abuse and more that we don’t hear about and may never hear about. Read carefully SafeSport Database and see how many coaches have been banned for sexual abuse.

People have asked what message this sends to survivors. It really echoes what we already know – don’t tell anyone. All that happens is you will be traumatized again and justice will not be served.

Perhaps to make matters worse, the NHL – as with Bettman’s comments – arrogantly met his reaction to being forced to look inside at just how toxic and ugly his system is. Look no further than the Blackhawks who called Beach’s sexual assault a “sexual encounter” in a letter officially calling for Aldrich’s name to be removed from the Stanley Cup.

It further proves how sick the system is and how hard the battle is to remove toxicity from hockey culture.

It’s been a decade and clearly no one has learned anything. The system has to be dismantled and rebuilt because it’s not just a few people. It’s everyone from journalists and players to coaches, media and public relations. And that’s Gary Bettman. Removing one or two people will not fix the way those people think or act.

[The Blackhawks] covered up a sexual assault so they could win, period.

All of these people should leave because not only were these people accomplices then, but they still are today. I think that’s the problem, isn’t it? That people clearly haven’t learned anything. Oh, and Westhead reported that the Blackhawks have filed legal motions to dismiss both lawsuits.

It’s just the part of the NHL. USA Hockey allowed Bowman, named general manager of the Olympic team, to resign after they did nothing. And the man who replaced him? None other than Bill Guerin, who was also under investigation for allegedly covering up a sexual assault. The Hockey News reported that Safesport had cleared Geurin, but Westhead reported that Erin Skalde, who asked Safesport to open an investigation, has yet to be interviewed by Safesport. (Guerin is not listed in Safesport’s centralized public database).

None of these people deserve a second chance. No one should ever be allowed to take up leadership positions again. We cannot allow them to be in a position where, if it happens again, they are the ones making the decisions.

But getting rid of them won’t solve the problem.

There has to be a complete culture change, which can only happen if the leadership is ready to change. The league must have policies in place on how to deal with allegations of sexual assault and the penalties that should be imposed. Education is a must, both for junior hockey players and for current players. But it must be more robust than a simple seminar. Organizations that teach athletes to be active spectators, such as the Jordan DeKort Gamechangers or the Institute of Sport and Society, are resources that hockey must partner with at all levels. This hotline promised by Gary Bettman? This must also happen.

People’s lives are too precious to be trusted with anything less.

Jashvina Shah is the co-author of ‘Game Misconduct’, which can be purchased here.



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Baker Mayfield’s Pop Culture References At Press Conferences – Here’s Why He Does It https://chicago43rd.org/baker-mayfields-pop-culture-references-at-press-conferences-heres-why-he-does-it/ Sun, 31 Oct 2021 14:56:04 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/baker-mayfields-pop-culture-references-at-press-conferences-heres-why-he-does-it/ Baker Mayfield may be young, but he’s had a significant impact in the NFL in recent years. A Cleveland Browns quarterback, Mayfield began his football career as a walk-in player for the Texas Tech Raiders. After winning numerous awards and accolades, including the Heisman in 2017, the Cleveland Browns drafted him in 2018. While Mayfield […]]]>

Baker Mayfield may be young, but he’s had a significant impact in the NFL in recent years. A Cleveland Browns quarterback, Mayfield began his football career as a walk-in player for the Texas Tech Raiders. After winning numerous awards and accolades, including the Heisman in 2017, the Cleveland Browns drafted him in 2018.

While Mayfield was acclaimed for his prowess on the pitch, his unique personality and manners made headlines and got pop culture fans talking. Notably, he’s established a tradition of making pop culture references at press conferences – and fans can’t get enough of it.



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Hockey ‘Old Boys’ Club Culture Must Change in Blackhawks Scandal https://chicago43rd.org/hockey-old-boys-club-culture-must-change-in-blackhawks-scandal/ Fri, 29 Oct 2021 19:03:43 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/hockey-old-boys-club-culture-must-change-in-blackhawks-scandal/ Taylor Hall: Hockey ‘Old Boys’ Club Culture Must Change originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston Boston Bruins star Taylor Hall slammed the NHL’s “old boys club” atmosphere and stressed the importance of changing the culture of the sport in response to the Blackhawks’ sexual assault investigation from Chicago. Earlier this week, former Blackhawks player Kyle […]]]>

Taylor Hall: Hockey ‘Old Boys’ Club Culture Must Change originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Boston Bruins star Taylor Hall slammed the NHL’s “old boys club” atmosphere and stressed the importance of changing the culture of the sport in response to the Blackhawks’ sexual assault investigation from Chicago.

Earlier this week, former Blackhawks player Kyle Beach was revealed as the “John Doe” in court documents relating to a complaint against the team. Beach alleged that former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich sexually assaulted him during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Jenner & Block law firm has conducted an independent investigation (commissioned by the Blackhawks) into the situation and published its findings last Tuesday. The cabinet report concluded that the Blackhawks had failed to respond appropriately to Beach’s allegations.

Many players and coaches in the league have responded to the Blackhawks scandal and report findings this week, and some of the most notable comments have come from Boston Bruins left winger Taylor Hall.

“Our thoughts are with Kyle Beach,” Hall told reporters after Thursday night’s loss to the Hurricanes. “We were playing junior at the same time, and it’s so unfortunate that he had to go through that. We were talking about it last night. Everyone feels bad for him and hopes he can find some comfort in the end. “

Hall added: “Every culture has to keep improving and hockey is no different. It’s a game that’s kinda, I guess you’d call an old boys club. They can. You don’t want to. never think of an incident like this, good things come from it because it was so terrible. But there has to be changes and unfortunately people have to be held accountable. “

The fallout from the Blackhawks investigation has included three people (so far) who have lost their jobs.

Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville, who was behind the Blackhawks bench from 2008-09 to 2018-19, resigned from his post on Thursday evening. His last game as a Panthers coach has come Wednesday vs. the Bruins.

Blackhawks senior vice president of hockey operations Al MacIsaac and general manager Stan Bowman also resigned this week.

On Tuesday, the NHL fined the Blackhawks $ 2 million for “the organization’s inadequate internal procedures and insufficient and premature response in dealing with issues related to the employment of former video coach Brad Aldrich with the club and his final departure in 2010 ”.


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“Cancel Culture” is hereby canceled – by Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s book “We Will Not Be Silenced” still in Amazon.com’s Top 10 category on the first anniversary of its release https://chicago43rd.org/cancel-culture-is-hereby-canceled-by-dr-erwin-lutzers-book-we-will-not-be-silenced-still-in-amazon-coms-top-10-category-on-the-first-anniversary-of-its-release/ Wed, 27 Oct 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/cancel-culture-is-hereby-canceled-by-dr-erwin-lutzers-book-we-will-not-be-silenced-still-in-amazon-coms-top-10-category-on-the-first-anniversary-of-its-release/ With millions of books published every year. It’s a highly competitive environment, so why, after a full year since its release, is the book “We Will Not Be Silenced,” with 2,300 five-star reviews, selling so well? Because the book’s message prescribes practical ways to combat the continual assault on religion, urging the fundamental virtues of […]]]>

With millions of books published every year. It’s a highly competitive environment, so why, after a full year since its release, is the book “We Will Not Be Silenced,” with 2,300 five-star reviews, selling so well? Because the book’s message prescribes practical ways to combat the continual assault on religion, urging the fundamental virtues of liberty to an audience responding fervently against the neo-Marxists attempting to destroy our United States.

CHICAGO, October 27, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – “Cancel Culture” is hereby canceled, by a book, nothing less. “We will not be silenced: respond with courage to our culture’s assault on Christianity” celebrates the first anniversary of its November 3, 2020 released because it continues to feature in several Top 10 book categories on Amazon.com, including Christian Social Issues, having sold over 225,000 copies.

It was impossible to miss by Erwin Lutzer urgent message to conservatives. His book has been regularly featured in conservative and prominent media Christian talk shows, including Huckabee, Family Talk with Dr. James dobson, and Focus on the family. Dr Lutzer reminds those concerned about the country’s growing secularism that they are called to be light in a dark world.

Dr Lutzer rallies like-minded people to unity of purpose. His post prescribes practical ways to counter the continuing assaults on religion, urging the fundamental virtues of freedom to a fervently responding audience, including more than 2,300 five-star reviews for the book on Amazon.

In a recent interview, Lutzer warned, “I achieved something about a year or two ago. The radical left does not believe that America can be fixed. She believes that America and its institutions must be destroyed, and on the rubble of our Judeo-Christian Heritage, rebuilt, this time on a Marxist cultural foundation. The consequences are devastating for our future.

Lutzer, pastor for over 50 years, including 36 years as senior pastor of the historic Moody Church of Chicago, enjoys an audience that identifies with its bugle call to stand strong, not ashamed in silence. Recently, he said, “We have deeply rooted political differences, but if we are believers, we need to focus on what we agree on and not be divided over other differences. Politics is important – very important – but not as important as sharing the gospels. Let us therefore gladly carry the cross into the world and regard the opposition as a badge of honor. “

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of Moody Church, where he served as Senior Pastor for 36 years. He is the author of numerous books, including his latest, “We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding Courageously to Our Culture’s Assault on Christianity.”

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Sports and society: Cancel this culture https://chicago43rd.org/sports-and-society-cancel-this-culture/ Wed, 27 Oct 2021 04:06:24 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/sports-and-society-cancel-this-culture/ Two professional sports coaches, both unworthy of dignity, resigned or were sacked last month over various misconduct. It looks like we are in the middle of a review of unacceptable coaching behavior. Except that we are not. The dismissals of former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden in the NFL and North Carolina Courage […]]]>

Two professional sports coaches, both unworthy of dignity, resigned or were sacked last month over various misconduct. It looks like we are in the middle of a review of unacceptable coaching behavior. Except that we are not.

The dismissals of former Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden in the NFL and North Carolina Courage head coach Paul Riley in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) it feels like the start of a movement to end the tolerance of coaches abusing their positions to the detriment of players and related parties.

But I don’t see it as a sudden movement or moment of solidarity. On the contrary, this wave of redundancies represents more of the reality that teams and governing bodies continue to tolerate coaches who verbally and physically injure players and sully the sanctity of leadership of America’s greatest teams, unless the attention of the top US teams. media does threaten the results of their organizations.

Take Riley, who was fired by Courage and his coaching license revoked by US Soccer following an explosive report from The Athletic last month that he sexually and verbally abused players for years. Yet even when the NWSL was made aware of the findings of the Portland Thorns internal investigation against Riley in 2015 and subsequent complaints against him, the league did nothing to prevent Riley from continuing his coaching career with Courage a year later .

The Athletic report, however, threatened to cause a tidal wave of ill will on the part of league fans and corporate sponsors, and it prompted matches to be called off, the commissioner and general council. of the NWSL to resign.

Gruden, by far the most publicized of moves, was marred by controversy last week after more than 650,000 emails, detailing a history of misogyny, racism and homophobia, were reviewed by The New York Times. Only one racist comment surfaced earlier, but Gruden was still on the sidelines against the Chicago Bears the following Sunday. It wasn’t until the Times reported that Gruden resigned.

The league was likely aware of Gruden’s conduct throughout the investigation, but it is unclear when and to what extent, as the NFL did not bother to request a detailed report of the investigation findings.

The failure of team organizations and leagues to reprimand coaches who repeatedly show their depravity in character and morality is testament to their own apathetic view of this endemic problem and its greater tolerance in American sports culture. After all, Ed Orgeron, former coach of Louisiana State University’s football team, one of the top programs in the country, resigned not primarily because of allegations that have surfaced for more than a year there was personal misconduct in not properly reporting a rape allegation against a player, but because of requests for his removal from fans sick of a losing record.

This toxic culture permeates sport, and it is likely that only a fraction of the abuse of power reaches the public. Yet public and media pressure appears to be the only tool to open the eyes of owners and blind leagues. Until they scold men like Gruden and Riley before their misdeeds are made public, this culture will continue to thrive. And no movement against the abuse of power by coaches can have a real effect while it exists.


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Sexual assault scandal, grim reminder of hockey culture https://chicago43rd.org/sexual-assault-scandal-grim-reminder-of-hockey-culture/ Tue, 26 Oct 2021 22:05:00 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/sexual-assault-scandal-grim-reminder-of-hockey-culture/ Editor’s Note: This story contains mentions of sexual assault. Please proceed with caution. Nothing in the revelations made public by the Chicago Blackhawks organization on Tuesday should come as a shock to anyone following the NHL. Repugnant? Yes. Appalling? Absoutely. Shameful and pathetic? One hundred percent. Shocking? No, not if you’ve been paying attention to […]]]>

Editor’s Note: This story contains mentions of sexual assault. Please proceed with caution.

Nothing in the revelations made public by the Chicago Blackhawks organization on Tuesday should come as a shock to anyone following the NHL. Repugnant? Yes. Appalling? Absoutely. Shameful and pathetic? One hundred percent. Shocking? No, not if you’ve been paying attention to hockey for a while.

The Blackhawks shared the law firm’s findings on Tuesday Jenner & Block’s independent investigation in sexual assault allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich during the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2010. Two lawsuits have been filed against Aldrich who alleged he sexually assaulted a former footballer in May 2010, received a positive reference letter organization when he left, then sexually assaulted a high school player in 2013.

Because of the report, Chicago general manager Stan Bowman has moved away of his role, and left his post as general manager of the 2022 United States Olympic Ice Hockey Team. Other members of the organization remaining from 2010 – including Al MacIsaac, senior vice president of hockey operations – have also left the team. The NHL is also fine the Blackhawks organization 2 million dollars “for inadequate internal procedures of the organization and an insufficient and late response” in the matter.

It was, without a doubt, the biggest scandal the NHL has seen in modern history. And we’ve seen a lot of it in recent years, from allegations of verbal abuse by Mike Babcock against former players to Bill Peters who allegedly used racial slurs against Akim Aliu. Hockey culture has always been rotten to the root, and this incident is yet another reminder that this suffering and hatred is the foundation of our favorite sport.

And it’s boring! It really, really is. Not just from the perspective of hockey fans, but, first and foremost, for the countless victims of hockey culture who have seen their lives irrevocably changed by the toxic cesspool that encompasses all aspects of the sport. The institution of hockey has let these people down and continues to do so with each passing day.

This is a sport – a game !! – after all. We watch people put knives on their feet and skate on a slippery surface for our enjoyment. Like many of you reading this, I love hockey! But, he doesn’t love us back – and never has.

Much smarter people than me who have written and talked about what we hockey fans and those of us in the media can do to overcome this culture of toxicity. Holding those responsible, speaking out against injustices, and pushing for greater oversight of those responsible are just the beginning of how we can begin to make change.

And this Blackhawks scandal isn’t far over, either. Specifically due to the investigation naming the former Chicago head coach – and the current Florida Panthers head coach – Joel Quenneville and the former assistant general manager – and the current general manager of the Jets of Winnipeg – Kevin Cheveldayoff as two people aware of the incident.

Earlier this summer, Quenneville and Cheveldayoff publicly stated that they had no knowledge allegations against Aldrich. The report released on Tuesday, however, names them both present at a meeting to discuss the allegations within an hour of the Blackhawks advancing to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he will meet both Quenneville and Cheveldayoff in good time to discuss their roles in the events, but both should be fired from their respective teams. The entire Blackhawks front office was aware of the allegations against Aldrich, but said nothing so as not to disrupt the team’s chemistry ahead of the team’s first Stanley Cup victory in 49 years.

This whole scandal is shameful and embarrassing from every angle. Remaining silent to protect the team chemistry while a young player was in pain is inexcusable and constitutes a horrific neglect of a duty of care.

There is no punishment severe enough for the Blackhawk organization to compensate for the trauma suffered by these victims. Although the Blackhawks cleaned up the house and the NHL fined the team – $ 1 million less that the league fined the New Jersey Devils for circumvention when signing Ilya Kovalchuk, by the way – nothing can fix what was lost.

It’s hard to say justice was served here in a 12-year-old case where the punishments and consequences only came after the Stanley Cup celebrations ended and the confetti almost cleared over the Blackhawk dynasty. . And that is, unfortunately, hockey culture at its best.



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2021 National Heritage Fellows Celebrated in The Culture of America’s Debut Film https://chicago43rd.org/2021-national-heritage-fellows-celebrated-in-the-culture-of-americas-debut-film/ Mon, 25 Oct 2021 19:13:47 +0000 https://chicago43rd.org/2021-national-heritage-fellows-celebrated-in-the-culture-of-americas-debut-film/ The National Foundation for the Arts, in partnership with the National Council of Traditional Arts, will present American Culture: A Tour Across The Country with the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows 2021, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET. Emmy Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits will host the film and take viewers […]]]>

The National Foundation for the Arts, in partnership with the National Council of Traditional Arts, will present American Culture: A Tour Across The Country with the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellows 2021, Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET. Emmy Award-winning actor Jimmy Smits will host the film and take viewers on a virtual journey through the country where this year’s National Heritage Fellows live and work. The pre-recorded virtual presentation will be webcast free of charge to the public at arts.gov.

Recognizing artistic excellence and contributions to our nation’s traditional artistic heritage, the National Heritage Fellowship is our nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. “The traditions of these culture bearers are shared in this film as stories of community, unity and individual pride in one’s heritage,” said Ann Eilers, Interim President of the National Endowment for the Arts. “The diverse art forms of the National Heritage Fellows invite us to understand and appreciate the experiences of the past and allow us to envision a bright future where culture is the foundation of us and new ideas take root.”

During the hour-long film, viewers:

  • Listen to the music of Cedric Burnside while the rhythm of the Hill Country Blues beats through the neighborhoods of northern Mississippi. Burnside credits his family before him with the knowledge and encouragement to continue playing and writing music as he passes the tradition on to the next generation through his daughter.

  • To rejoin Tagumpay Mendoza De Leon and his Rondalla Club in Los Angeles to learn how the Philippine rondalla music connects the Filipino American community to one another. “Uncle Pi” has been teaching rondalla for 20 years, helping his students get to know each other and discover their Filipino culture.

  • Connect with the essence of the Osage people as Anita Champs (Osage / Muscogee) shares Osage’s ribbon work and how his creative works have contemporary influences while paying homage to ancestors.

  • Take a trip down memory lane with Los Lobos as the band members recall their early days in East Los Angeles, California, and the folk musical influences that are ingrained in their music, which provide the roots of the band’s own sound today.

  • Meet Joanie madden at her home in the Irish American neighborhood of Yonkers, New York, to learn about her lifelong love for music that has been passed down through her family and which she continues to share through her band, Cherish the Ladies, which plays traditional Irish music for audiences around the world.

  • Explore Chicago, Illinois with Reginald “Reggio the Hoof” McLaughlin as he weaves his way through the park, the subway, over bridges and through the streets. McLaughlin’s infectious energy and love of dance conveys a joy that will thrill viewers.

  • Connect with Nellie Vera Sánchez in Moca, Puerto Rico, where the intricate bobbin lace practice of mundillo couture has a long history. Vera shares patterns and designs that were lovingly taught to her and how she continues to pass this art form on.

  • Learn about the Easter Rock Ritual in Louisiana Winnsboro Easter Rock Ensemble maintains the African American tradition that combines music and food with Christian and West African influences.

  • Visit Tom davenport home in Delaplane, Va., as he shares the importance of documenting history through film and how he created Folkstreams, a free independent movie streaming platform, as a way to share traditional cultures Americans with the world. Davenport is the 2021 recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship, awarded in recognition of an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.

Jimmy Smits is known for his roles in the NYPD Blue and The West Wing television series and more recently in the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In the Heights. Co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, Smits is being hailed for his impact as a Latinx actor and for advancing Latinx artists’ access to the media.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag # NEAHeritage21. America’s Culture: A Cross-Country Tour with 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellows will continue to be available to watch on arts.gov after the Nov. 17 debut.

About national heritage scholarships

The National Heritage Fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Including Class 2021, the Arts Endowment awarded 458 National Heritage Scholarships, recognizing artists working in more than 200 distinct art forms, including Japanese classical dancer Gertrude Yukie Tsutsumi, musician and singer Tejano Manuel “Cowboy” Donley , Passamaquoddy basket maker Molly Neptune Parker, leatherworker James F. Jackson, oud player and songwriter Rahim AlHaj and quilter community lawyer Carolyn Mazloomi. More information on National Heritage Fellows is available on the Arts Endowment website website.

About the National Foundation for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support empowers Americans to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative abilities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the America and is expanding its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.


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