“Racist and White Privilege” – Huh?

Now here’s a thing. It should be pretty obvious from this blog that we are into physical education for all. I read in my British newspaper that a study by Leeds Beckett University in UK and the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences (weird combination, but there you go) has concluded that “school PE is racist because it celebrates ‘white privilege’… and upholds elitist ideas that are an extension of nationalism and the British Empire.”

The study also claims that giving advice about fitness could be racist (so we’re for the cull, then!) by imposing ‘cultural norms’.

A Noble Lord and former chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality has called the study “crazy”. YOur thoughts are welcome!

This picture could have been Dave or myself at our school PE but actually it is older (I’m pretty sure) – brings back memories though! It didn’t teach me to be racially superior, but it did teach me that I liked hanging around with no shirt on and barefoot! Thanks to my regular correspondent Ian for the picture – and BTW I dedicated my fourth book to him in return for his constructive criticism of the draft. He would say it is worth the read, but you can judge for yourselves if you click on the cover!

The great thing about physical books (as opposed to e-readers – even though my books are available that way too) is that with an actual book in your hand, you get a sense of involvement. And you can do it shirtless:

…or even naked, if you must…

…stretched out in bed…

…and, best of all, with a friend… (ahem, shirtless, of course)…

My first three books explore gay love as well as the sporty ‘PE’ stuff and have adventure in bucket loads to speed things along. That fourth one follows an outcast gay Native American boy as he tries to find a place for himself in the wider world and, maybe, his true love too. Here’s the full list – now you know how you can support this blog, not forgetting the picture-packed additional pages on Fitness, Acrobatics and Gymnastics (https://tonycavanagh.com/fitness-acrobatics-and-gymnastics/)and Gay Expression (https://tonycavanagh.com/gay-expression/). Enjoy!

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7

Let The Future Find Me: ISBN 978-1-784653-23-1

 

 

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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2 Responses to “Racist and White Privilege” – Huh?

  1. Platinumboy says:

    It seems easier to blame everything on this mysterious “white privilege” which I have never experienced. I have been poor all my adult life, doing without heat for 3 decades and frequently going without meals just to pay the rent. I have until very recently been paying the rent weekly. Food (whether I would eat or not) was a major concern. For several years, my only meal was the free dinner my neighbors gave me once a day. They watched me work hard to little avail and took care of me.

    Today, three years after finally finishing my bachelor’s degree, I can finally relax a bit. I am a substitute teacher who works most frequently in a predominately black, poor school district. Those kids, many of whom are on welfare, have much more than I did three years ago without lifting a finger to work.

    While the majority of those kids work hard in school, many still believe themselves oppressed, though by what they cannot say.

    I love those kids, who are largely black, white and Hispanic, but the attitude of entitlement because they are “oppressed” can be found here. I don’t even think they know why they are angry when this group expresses themselves.

    I try to encourage them to succeed because I know they can be so much more than what the media tells them they can be. It’s an uphill battle, though. Some come from families where the father figure is a new man every week, literally. Others come from families that don’t really exist in the traditional sense.

    One true story I was told at one school illustrates where we are in our society: A teacher once gave a student a coat, hat and gloves one winter night. The next morning the student arrived without them. The teacher asked him what happened. The answer: “Mom sold them for drugs last night.” This, unfortunately, is common.

  2. tonycavanagh says:

    Thanks for your thought-provoking story, PLatinumboy. And ‘good luck’ – sounds as though you may need it.

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