Mark Naison: Never in my life have I felt more pressure to comfort, reassure and defend people who felt vulnerable, whether they were my students, my colleagues, or people I worked with in the Bronx community.
Mark Naison: In all my years of Fordham, I have rarely seen students challenge actions by the administration so forthrightly and effectively.
I quickly realized that Mr O’Reilly looked upon me, a liberal or left-wing professor, as “fresh meat”. I just as quickly resolved that I was not going to play along.
Mark Naison: People are afraid to go to and from work, to go to the corner store, to send their kids to school.
Mark Naison: To use eroticized and racialized animal imagery in wishing for his death, and doing even worse for the First Lady, crosses a line that no public official should be able to cross and still retain their job.
Mark Naison: I wanted so much to be part of this team that I never openly protested. My protest, pathetic as it might seem, was complete silence. I just went out on the field and hit people, devoutly hoping my teammates would JUST SHUT UP.
Mark Naison: In the days that followed, the pain got personal. Three coaches I worked with in Brooklyn CYO, one of them the father of one of my son’s best friends, had died trying to save people in the Twin Towers.
Mark Naison: My grandfather, when he worked, was a presser in the garment trades, making extra income as a bartender and bootegger. He was a strong arm man for his union who fought gangsters from Murder Incorporated in the streets of the Garment district.
Mark Naison: Though some people died, others burned themselves out, and families fractured, the nation survived and we stumbled on without our political system collapsing.
Mark Naison: Huge numbers of her friends and family members, many of whom are civil servants, plan to vote for Donald Trump because they feel the growing presence of undocumented immigrants has destabilized their schools and communities.
Mark Haison: Imagine you took a representative group of country music fans, big, strong, proud, casually and sometimes skimpily dressed, and overwhelmingly white, and eliminated most of the men! That was the Garden last night.
Mark Naison: As I look at the American social and economic landscape today—with its huge concentration of wealth at the top, its swollen prison population and its shrinking middle class—I cannot help but see the influence of Bill Clinton.
Mark Naison: When I hear that Hilary Clinton plans to close public schools throughout the nation whose performance is “below average,” I think of those Bronx teachers.