Author: Adam Cheung

Mistaken for Muslim, Boston’s Bloodlust

A Cape Verdean friend of mine was out having a good time in Boston down by the Causeway. He went to a bar near Government Center with a cousin who happens to be a professional gamer. It was 90% white people. “I was a little uncomfortable but I wasn’t going to let it bother me.” My friend is tall thin, and looks like he could pass for North African, Egyptian, middle Eastern…. But like I said, he is Cape Verdean. Then later on he heard a voice behind him. “Oh you guys are real tough guys in there huh?”...

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Shaming Rituals and Public School Lunch

Khrystyne Bento walked into a meeting at the Jenks Junior High school in Pawtucket to talk about a pervading problem in the school system. The issue involves hunger, politics, and shaming of certain low income students. The issue at hand? Lunch. The superintendent, the school committee, some staff and the group from Resist Hate RI met to deal with an issue about school lunches. “Children who supposedly owe money on their school lunch are having their hot lunches thrown away and given a sandwich as a substitute instead. If a child with a balance is having their hot meal...

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An Open Letter from “Stop Lunch Shaming Rhode Island”

May 18, 2017 As a member of End School Lunch Shaming Rhode Island, the recent news that the Pawtucket School Committee will vote on Tuesday, May 23rd to end a policy that resulted in punitive “lunch shaming” practices is simultaneously welcome and puzzling. We are thrilled that children will not be shamed or hungry, and that is the most important thing. Regardless, the barriers to transparency and accountability in our local schools need to be addressed. For weeks, members of our loosely formed coalition have met to discuss lunch shaming and the best way to bring it to the...

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The Cape Verdean Devil: Part Two

This story is about a man who is basically lethal with his hands. Any fight he got into on the street or in prison he would destroy the other person even though he seemed to be of a slight build. But there was something, if not heroic, in the narrative, at least sympathetic. From the way the story was told to me, he would always warn someone before the fight started, “Yo you don’t understand, you don’t want to fight with me, because my hands are lethal. If I start fighting you, I’m going to destroy you, I don’t...

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The Cape Verdean Devil: Part One – Negative News

I haven’t heard a lot of negative things about the Cape Verdean community until recently. Perhaps this is because I am not Cape Verdean, and so when I hear about street violence, and Cape Verdeans are involved, I really would not know that the victims or perpetrators are Cape Verdean. I would attribute it to inner city violence. Plus part of this news site I feel is to highlight the positive aspects of the community. From an outsiders perspective when I think Cape Verdean, I think about the people I went to school with, and then community leaders like...

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ACVB is a community men's basketball league, currently based in Boston & Brockton, that is in its infancy. The league/organization's mission is to integrate youth development activities through basketball clinics and other outreach programs provided by the league to the community.

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