Utican skateboarding his approach to investigate cultures overseas
March 31, 2018 - skateboarding
A Utica local is skateboarding to Germany and beyond, figuratively speaking, as partial of a plan for a prestigious fellowship.
Marquis Palmer, a Thomas R. Proctor High School connoisseur and Hamilton College senior, has been awarded a Thomas Watson Fellowship, that provides a $30,000 contribution for an abroad “year of independent, eloquent exploration.”
“I will join some of a largest skateboarding communities in a universe to try a defining informative values and practices of these communities and a border to that they deviating from a widespread cultures of their societies and thereby truly exist as particular communities,” Palmer wrote in a plan summary.
After Germany, Palmer, 21, will conduct to Argentina, Spain and Japan, battling informative and denunciation barriers to learn. Skateboarding, though, is, in some ways, a denunciation of a own, he said.
Palmer spent final summer creation a documentary in Utica, regulating a Hamilton College Emerson Foundation grant, on a impact on families of carrying a desired one incarcerated. In both projects, Palmer, who describes himself as a village activist, pronounced his idea has been to oppose disastrous stereotypes.
Palmer himself started skateboarding around age 12 or 13 and it kept him out of trouble, he said.
“This is around a time where immature children, quite in civic settings, are starting to get out of a house. In Utica, unfortunately, one of their really appealing facilities of life for young, black, comparatively bankrupt kids is a travel life,” he said.
But his seductiveness in skateboarding kept him out of other activities, “which could have pulled me down a wrong path,” Palmer said.
Palmer voiced thankfulness for a opportunities he’s been given, though done a indicate of observant that his successes are not his own.
“It’s also a success of my stepfather, my father, my mom and my family broadly,” he said.
His stepfather is an undocumented newcomer who was deported final year by a Trump administration, he said.
His father is a law-breaker who was sealed adult mixed times “because he had to yield for a family,” Palmer said.
And his mom “struggled for decades to supply a needs of her family,” he said. “I don’t wish to be distinguished unless they’re further celebrated.”
Palmer, who is a truth major, pronounced his ultimate idea is to go to law propagandize and by practicing law or doing investigate “engage in a extended onslaught opposite a punitive proceed to crime that is accepted in a state and pull for a some-more just, remedial indication of rapist justice.”
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