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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-05-05 10:09 PM
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65. Isn't it weird that so many women have opposed these turds?
Remember when the war first started a female college basketball player was turning her back on the national anthem? She was booed and called traitor. I can only imagine the threats she received.



Well it turned out she was right.



On the First Anniversary of the War in Iraq
Interview: College Basketball Player Toni Smith Took a Stand on the Court


by Dave Zirin
Published on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 by CommonDreams.org

One year ago, Toni Smith was just another Division III athlete grinding through her senior year as Captain of the Women's basketball team at Manhattanville College. Yet her decision to protest on the court at the start of the US War vs. Iraq and turn her back on the American Flag during the national anthem, sparked debate throughout the sports and political world. Today Toni Smith is living in New York City, working for a young people's mentoring program called New York Youth at Risk (www.nyyouthatrisk.org). One year later Toni Smith speaks to Dave Zirin, News Editor of the Prince George's Post, looking back on the events of the last year.

Dave Zirin: It's been almost a year since you took your demonstration to the court. When did you first see the need to make a stand and why did you feel it was so important to take the actions that you did?

Toni Smith: I'm from a mixed racial and ethnic background. My mom is Jewish, and my dad is Black, white and Cherokee. I was learning about the prison industrial complex and the wars against Native Americans. It made me very angry but I never paid attention to how this history played out on the court. I never thought about the National Anthem because I went to alternative schools. I never had to say the pledge. I never had to stand and salute anything before class. On the court I would just stand and let the time go by.

So last year I was talking with my boyfriend. His family's very politically active also. They don't ever stand for the National Anthem, and they're very clear on their position. We were talking about all the policies we dislike, and he said "why do you stand for the anthem at your games?" And I said, "Well I never really thought about it. I'm the captain of the team, and I have to be a team leader and a good role model." He said "but that has nothing to do with who you are. This is not what you believe in. You just told me how much you dislike this flag and what it stands for." He's part Black and part Cherokee also and he said to me "This flag represents the slaughter of our ancestors", and I said 'you're absolutely right.' We had a game a few days later, and as we stood up to sing the National Anthem I said no.

CONTINUED...

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0316-02.htm



Bob, I know you know I know you know that you've forgotten more about the BFEE than I'll ever know. Thanks for giving a damn!
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