Not a 2nd-class traveler

Off the Beat

Everywhere I travel, my family has had to both reassert our identity and tolerate the casual racism from enough of the locals for it to become a discernible issue. I am fed up with a binary system that refuses to accept that I am just as American as any white individual born and raised in the United States of America.
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Crowd surfers: You’re the worst. Here’s why.

Crowd surfing has been around for almost 50 years in the communities of any edgy genre you can think of — rock, punk, metal, ska, post-hardcore and the like. If you’ve ever been toward the front of the crowd at one of those concerts, you’ve probably been kicked in the head by more than a few pairs of Dr. Martens.
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