When Carmen Fields’ future husband asked her to meet his mother, Fields refused. “No way. I didn’t want to be the reason she opened up the front door and dropped the Easter ham,” she told a Harvard audience on Wednesday.An African-American whose spouse is white, Fields knows from experience that life in the United States holds unique challenges for mixed-race couples and their children.Fields and fellow panel members — among them College junior Eliza Nguyen — addressed some of those issues during a discussion called “American Masala: Race Mixing, the Spice of Life or Watering Down Cultures?” at the Student Organization Center at Hilles.“I didn’t want to be the reason she opened up the front door and dropped the Easter ham,” said Carmen Fields about meeting her future mother-in-law.Nguyen, president of the Harvard Half Asian People’s Association (HAPA), distinctly remembers the moment it dawned on her that she was neither white, like her mother, nor Vietnamese, like her father. “I was in the fourth grade, taking a standardized test. And they had that box you were supposed to check off.” There was no box for biracial, and she was instructed to check only one. Nguyen, perplexed, asked her teacher which box to check. She was the only nonwhite student in her school. “Asian, of course,” her teacher told her. “I was confused,” said Nguyen. “Who am I?”Questions of race and identity have intrigued Michael Fosberg since his early 30s, when he found out that his father was African-American. Fosberg, who grew up in a white family in a working-class suburb of Chicago, decided to track down his biological father after his mother and stepfather divorced. He had little notion of what lay in store. “I’m sure there are things your mother probably never told you,” Fosberg’s father told him by phone. “I’m black.”“From there, the door just flung open to my biraciality,” said Fosberg. “I immediately embraced my black family. And had all these amazing experiences with them … this family is part of who I am.” Fosberg travels the country performing his one-man play, “Incognito.” The play, along with a memoir of the same name published in 2011, attempts to open a dialogue on race relations and the meaning of racial identity.Despite the efforts of Fosberg and others, mixed-race couples and their children often face crises of personal identity and isolation — sometimes bigotry and the threat of violence.“It wasn’t that long ago that interracialism was dangerous,” said E. Dolores Johnson, a Harvard Business School grad who is writing a book about her parents’ experience in a biracial community in Buffalo.When Johnson’s white mother married her African-American father in Indiana in the 1940s, she boarded a train for Buffalo, never to return, fearing for her family’s safety.At the time there were anti-miscegenation laws on the books in most states, and Indiana’s Ku Klux Klan membership was among the highest in the country. “Ninety-six percent of people couldn’t abide by any race mixing at all,” said Johnson.But beyond this devastating racial history, there is hope. Nguyen finds that young people have the ability to talk openly about race. Fields views her daughter as a “bridge child,” who sees past differences among groups. “And we have an opportunity, as mixed-race people, to forge these bridges,” added Fosberg.The Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of Diversity Relations sponsored the event. Fosberg performed “Incognito” earlier in the day, also at the Student Organization Center at Hilles.
Rickie Lambert climbed off the bench to rescue a point for West Brom in a 1-1 draw against West Ham at Upton Park. But the Hammers, now without a win in four games, will look back on a host of missed opportunities to stretch their advantage before Lambert pegged them back. Zarate, only in the West Ham side due to the recent injury suffered by playmaker Dimitri Payet, was at the heart of the action throughout the first half. His first opportunity arrived after Manuel Lanzini’s delightful, jinking run into the area, but Zarate sliced his shot into the side-netting. Moments later the former Birmingham striker lost the ball in midfield and Salomon Rondon was inches away from giving West Brom the lead with a fierce drive which flew just wide. But in the 17th minute Zarate found the target in style after Gareth McAuley fouled Diafra Sakho just outside the area. The Argentinian curled the free-kick up and over Albion’s defensive wall and out of the reach of goalkeeper Boaz Myhill into the top corner. West Ham should have extended their lead but Cheikhou Kouyate glanced Aaron Cresswell’s inviting cross wide and Myhill twice denied the lively Lanzini. Sakho would have scored but for a brave last-ditch block from Jonny Evans and Victor Moses blazed an angled shot over the crossbar. And West Ham were paid to pay for those missed chances five minutes after the interval when a half-cleared cross fell to Lambert, who fired the rebound straight at the arm of Hammers skipper Reid. Lambert immediately appealed for a penalty but quickly changed his tune as he saw the ball bouncing past wrong-footed keeper Adrian and into the net. Suddenly Adrian was the busier of the two keepers, getting down well to keep out a curling Lambert free-kick before pulling off a fine point-blank save from Rondon’s close-range header. Hammers boss Slaven Bilic threw on Andy Carrroll in search of a winner, but promptly lost Sakho to injury after the striker stretched for a shot which was deflected into the side-netting by Jonas Olsson. Moses had a chance to win it for the hosts two minutes from the end but the Chelsea loanee volleyed Lanzini’s chip across goal and wide. Press Association The striker had been on the pitch just five minutes as a half-time substitute when his shot deflected in off Hammers defender Winston Reid. The fortuitous strike cancelled out a superb free-kick from Mauro Zarate which had given West Ham an early lead.
The Navy football team has changed its team motto for the 2019 season after reporters at the Capital Gazette called into question a lack of sensitivity surrounding last year’s deadly shooting in its Annapolis, Md., newsroom.The Naval Academy’s superintendent announced Friday that the motto “Load the Clip,” chosen by football team captains, had been replaced by “Win the Day.” Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk agreed with the team’s change of motto ahead of the Midshipmen’s Fan Fest on Saturday.”Our coaches and midshipmen realized that the direction they were headed created sensitivities that were not aligned with the original intent,” Gladchuk said. “It was a lesson learned and it’s important that everything we do at the Naval Academy represents not only appropriate action, but assumed responsibility. We are hopeful we can now put this behind us and ‘Win the Day.’”Navy opens its season on Aug. 31 against FCS opponent Holy Cross. “It is always my priority, part of my mission statement, for the Navy to be a good neighbor,” Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Sean S. Buck said in a statement released Friday. “The bottom line is, we missed the mark here. The initial internal football team motto selected, ‘Load the Clip,’ was inappropriate and insensitive to the community we call home, and for that, I take responsibility for, and apologize to not only the Capital Gazette, but the entire Annapolis community.”MORE: Group of 5 predictions for 2019In June 2018, a man with a shotgun killed five employees of the Capital Gazette inside its newsroom — located just miles from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium — and wounded two others. In September of that year, three people were killed and three wounded at an Aberdeen Rite-Aid about 60 miles from Annapolis.It has been a tradition for several years for Navy team captains to create a team motto. Last year’s motto was “For the Culture.” A Naval Academy spokeswoman said that the “Load the Clip” phrase was meant to be a metaphor for daily gameday preparation.Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo also spoke about the motto about the motto during the American Athletic Conference’s media days.”Clearly it’s a metaphor that speaks to the fact we’re going to battle every weekend, and when you go to battle, you need to have enough ammunition,” Niumatalolo said. “It means you have to be prepared for the fight, and that is a process that happens every day.”