The fad of inviting people who disagree with an ideological perspective different from yours and “destroying” them or “ending their careers” is what is actually destroying debates surrounding critical issues.
Once known for its world-class academics, the Ivy League has recently entered the reality of big-time American universities: excel in athletics, and cast studying aside, in order to maintain relevancy.
The stress of the season caused Maris to lose his hair, and at the end of the season the commissioner of baseball remarked that the achievement was meaningless because Maris played mored games than Ruth.
Five minutes in, I noticed myself heavily focusing on a distinct voice just one room over. I looked up from my fiddling of price tags to notice that the woman speaking was moving at a considerable pace around the area.
Star football and basketball players fund the smaller sports teams at their school, the salaries of their coaches and athletic department administrators, the $1.9 million salary of NCAA president Mark Emmert, and me, a Division III soccer player they will never meet.
Meanwhile, the people chatter among themselves in a language that has been blended, reworked, and revised for centuries—drawing French, Arabic, Hungarian together into a fascinating collaboration of sounds sketched over the historical backdrop of empires at war.
These age-old cultural representations not only form a warped and somewhat political idea of what “Indianness” is. When confronted with the decision between running a pipeline through Bismarck, North Dakota, a predominantly white city, or by a river on an Indian reservation, the choice is clear.
Perhaps it’s more comfortable to assume that some people are born malevolent rather than acknowledge the many external factors at play: financial instability, race, domestic abuse, mental illness, lack of education, sexual abuse, congenital disorders, and addiction, just to name a few.
The profound ability to arouse emotion in their listeners emanates from the same source: a complete rejection of definitive lyricism that is matched by their indulgence in overtly enigmatic and ultimately inconclusive meanings.