History was made in Broward County on Thursday night when Hollywood Hills High School quarterback Holly Neher threw a 45 yard touchdown pass to receiver Alexander Shelton.
It was the first time that a girl had thrown a touchdown in the history of Florida high school football.
And it happened on Neher’s first ever snap.
She would finish the night with two completions and 66 total yards. Hollywood Hills lost to Hallandale High School, 21 to 7.
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By Ashanka Kumari
Earlier this week, Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old ninth grader from Texas, was arrested after his English teacher thought his homemade clock was a bomb. While those involved in the arrest might claim Mohamed’s religious beliefs and position as a Muslim boy were not reasons for suspicion, the teacher and school’s initial responses point to this incident as that within the ongoing Islamophobia in our country.
If Ahmed Mohamed had been a white boy named John Smith, for instance, I suspect the teacher would not have been so quick as to dub the homemade clock a bomb. Further, if the teacher truly thought the clock were a bomb, I suspect the school would have taken steps towards a lockdown to protect other students. Instead, Ahmed was arrested and it becomes clear that this incident is another that continues the seemingly endless battle with racism we face as a country.
Today, as a teacher as well as a student, I am terrified by the kinds of similar ideologies my students might bring with them because of my name and race.
Beyond these issues, Ahmed Mohamed’s story represents one many children like him continue to deal with on a daily basis. As a minority student, I know first-hand how moments likes these often cause children with names like Ahmed’s and mine to be silenced, to fear going to school, to hate participating in the American education system.
I remember distinctly how isolated I felt as a fifth-grade student right after 9/11.
I remember the terror I felt when I heard customers at my dad’s business call him a terrorist repeatedly because of his name and race. I worried my teachers and other students thought similarly about me at school, especially when I found it hard to make friends during the time. Each day I begged my dad to quit his job and stay home. I feared for his life as well as the lives of the rest of my family. Though he never quit his job, repeated break-ins including one during which my mother was physically injured showed me the kind of hate people are capable of based on their uneducated assumptions of another race.
Today, as a teacher as well as a student, I am terrified by the kinds of similar ideologies my students might bring with them because of my name and race. While I imagine Ahmed’s parents will take actions against the school and those involved, this work cannot stand alone. Serious discussions must take place to educate faculty and staff at this school and all schools about difference.
When students are accused of actions based on their name and/or race, they stick with them forever. Ahmed appears to be moving forward fine after his arrest based on interviews and media coverage, but I am certain he will unfortunately forever remember how his school responded to the time he wanted to share a clock he made because he was genuinely interested in engineering. #IStandwithAhmed
Ashanka Kumari is a Ph.D student at the University of Louisville.
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Haitian Radio Host Called A Race Baiter By NoMi Councilman, After Controversial Rant The City May Have Paid For
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–North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin called popular Haitian radio host Rotschill Anderson a race baiter after the media personality went on a controversial on-air racial rant.
-Galvin claims that the city has paid Anderson in the past to allow North Miami staff to promote the city on air. Galvin also said that it was his understanding that the city had paid for a May 1 appearance by Assistant City Manager Arthur H. Sorey III.
-Sorey was on the show to encourage residents to vote for a $120 million bond measure. But he also sat through a rant from Anderson that some found to be racist.
-Anderson strongly supported the bond and asked his listeners to vote for it because he felt it would improve the city’s heavily Haitian western section.
-But it was the language that Anderson used that has gotten attention: “The big white guy, the big jewish guy- they are going to come into your community, says that your community is ugly and its nasty… gentrification will kick in.”
-A quick public records search finds that North Miami has paid Anderson’s radio station at least $1,800 so far in 2018 for “public relations.”
-But city manager Larry Spring told RISE NEWS that Galvin is wrong and that the city did not pay Anderson for the May 1 show.
-The city council has temporally suspended all payments to media outlets until they can craft a new policy to prevent a future incident.
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The Florida Gators have lost their weapon at quarterback for the season after the team announced that Will Grier was suspended for failing a test for performance enhancement drug use.
According to multiple media reports, Grier received an automatic one year ban from the NCAA after failing the test for PEDs.
According to ESPN, Grier failed the test after taking an over the counter drug that was not approved by team trainers. It is not clear what he took that would have triggered a failing test result.
The news was first reported by gridironnow.com
Grier is a freshman from North Carolina who has taken the league by storm after leading the Gators to a perfect 6-0 record.
Florida will play undefeated LSU in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
The Internet reacts:
No surprise here, but apparently Gators QB Will Grier will say he took something from GNC that he didn’t know included a banned substance
— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) October 12, 2015
Kind of ironic that Treon will QB the Gators vs. the team he had to watch from the coaches booth last year because of his own suspension.
— Jeff Barlis (@JeffBarlis) October 12, 2015
In all fairness to Gators QB Grier, if I lived in Gainesville, I’d probably have to take “banned substances” just to get through the day.
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) October 12, 2015
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