Wednesday, October 03, 2007


English 1A 8-9 October 3

Today in class we discussed the Anucha Browne Sanders' legal case against NY Kicks' coach Isiah Thomas. She sued the Madison Square Garden franchise for $10 million dollars, and won just days ago $11.6 million. Students were instructed in a free to look at Byron Hurt's cinematic journey to discover some of the reasons why in Hip Hop culture black masculinity is tied to disrespect and hatred of black women. By the way, I don't think I failed to mention that both parties in the suit are black.

A few students shared their thesis sentences, then we composed one together. If you'd like to share yours (and some of them were great, especially Elesha's, Tamika's, Cristina's, Hillary's, Antoinette's and Maricruz's) please post it in the comments for extra credit.

The thesis
The Anucha Browne Sanders' victory in the sexual harassment suit against Madison Square Gardens (NY Knicks Franchise owners)is a coup for women everywhere. This victory was a message to men everywhere that misogyny in the workplace will not be tolerated.

In Keep Ya Head Up Tupac Shakur states: "I wonder why we (black men)take from our women, why we rape our women, why we hate our women" (first stanza).
He was speaking to directly to Isiah Thomas, a black man first, NY Knicks Basketball coach second.

I have pasted an article from the San Jose Mercury News about the case. If you'd like to join the discussion on the permission men in power seem to have with regards to sexual impropriety with women in the workplace, in society and even in domestic setting, please post them here. Students, feel free to respond to each other's comments.

Homework for English 201 8-9

Homework is the read Chapter 4 and bring in your reading logs for the entire book. You should be up to Chapter 5. There will be a short test on the book up to Chapter 4.

$11.6M to Anucha Browne Sanders? Compared to other Isiah $$ blunders, that’s nothing
By Tim Kawakami

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 at 11:41 am in NBA.
Update: I missed one! Thanks to Sac Bee NBA maven SH-C for reminding me about Quentin Richardson, yet another one of Isiah’s endlessly bad contract pick-ups.

(I’ve just added Q to the list.)
News note: Anucha Browne Sanders, the former Madison Square Garden employee, just won an $11.6M civil-suit verdict in her sexual harassment suit against MSG and Knicks Coach Isiah Thomas.

(Isiah was found guilty of the harassment, but not personally liable. MSG, pending appeals, etc., is the entity that must pay the $11.6M.)
Cavaet: Sexual harassment is horrifying behavior, and if a New York jury says Thomas committed it, I’m agreeing with the jury. Totally. MSG should pay. Especially MSG honcho James Dolan, who is, almost by legal definition, a total, enabling dunderhead. Probably.

My unique view: At $11.6M, Browne Sanders (who starred as a Northwestern hoopster at the same time I attended that school) becomes only the Knicks’ eighth-ninth-largest money commitment on the books.

She’s barely in the top 10! And that’s not counting the salary due to Isiah and the $25M they just paid Larry Brown a year ago for one year’s work…

Here’s my Genius Knicks/Isiah Payment List:
1. Zach Randolph, owed $51M guaranteed, starting with $13.3M this season.
2. Stephon Marbury, owed $42M guaranteed, starting with $20.1M this season.
3. Eddy Curry, owed $40.3M guaranteed, starting with $8.9M this season.
4. Quentin Richardson, owed $26.2M guaranteed, starting with $8.1M this year.
5. Jerome James, owed $18.6M guaranteed, starting with $5.8M this season.
(Any list where Jerome James is only the fifth-fattiest deal is a very bad/fat list.)
6. Jared Jeffries, owed $25M guaranteed, starting with $5.6M this season.
7. Jamal Crawford, owed $16.5M guaranteed, starting with $7.9M this season.
8. Malik Rose, owed $14.6M guaranteed, starting with $7.1M this season.
9. Anucha Browne Sanders, owed $11.6M, pending appeal.

The top 8 guys haven’t done much for the Knicks and almost certainly won’t do much for the Knicks in the future.

Browne Sanders’ $11.6M, however, might get Isiah booted from the premises. Might–because Dolan is so dumb, who knows, this verdict might give Isiah Lifetime Tenure just because Dolan can’t admit how dumb he was for hiring Isiah in the first place.
But if Anucha’s $11.6M is the price MSG has to pay to figure out it’s time to dump Isiah… well, that’s the best $11.6M Isiah ever wasted for them.
And I hope Ms. Browne Sanders gets every penny, and has a tremendous life with her family. I really do.

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