A Sad Night in America

Normally I would begin one of these posts with what motivates me to write it. There is no need. The trial of George Zimmer for killing Trayvon Martin has pervaded the  media for  weeks. We watched as the State presented witness after witness. We heard the Zimmerman interview with Sean Hannity. Many, like myself, stood … Continue reading

Blackness on Trial

I have tried to keep myself as detached as possible  from the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman case during the media circus of the trial. It affects me deeply, and it’s been tough to synthesize the basic facts of the case on an emotional level in order to really accept the legal proceedings. The basic facts … Continue reading

Door-To-Door Racism

So if you’re wondering why my output on the blog has been so light lately (you probably aren’t), I’ve been trying to use this summer after finishing my Master’s as a time to gather myself and prepare everything financially for my big move to the big city to actually start my career. I tried to … Continue reading

Dark Raving Mad

Being a Black man in America has always been scary.  The United States has used us as slaves and turned a blind eye to or advocated us being publicly slaughtered. The Federal Bureau  of Investigations has executed plots against our communities that sought to destroy our leaders and suppress rebellion. Law enforcement agencies have sicked dogs on us, disproportionately accosted us, used excessively violent force … Continue reading

Talk on “the Talk”

After the Trayvon Martin case came to national prominence, there was much discussion about the “Talk” that every Black boy gets from his mother or whomever that contains time-honored instructions to be successful as a young Black man and fly below the radar of majority stereotypes and racism. We talked about it here (proudly, may … Continue reading

Nobody is Racist

Welcome to “Post-Racial America” (and ya’ll thought February was wild). There was a time in The United States when a Black man’s life was considered less than that of a white man.  A time when a Black man could be humiliated and disrespected by whomever, whenever.  A time when Black men could be slaughtered like … Continue reading

I Am Suspicious

“But the color of a Negro’s skin makes him easily recognizable, makes him suspect, converts him into a defenseless target.” So wrote Richard Wright in “Black Boy,” a story that, although written in the context of growing up in the miasma of 1920s racism, isn’t all that different from the world today. Think about it. … Continue reading

Who Watches the Watchmen?

If you haven’t heard the story of what happened to Trayvon Martin, I would recommend you check it out immediately. For the quick version, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old black kid from Miami, was staying with his father and his father’s girlfriend for a while in Orlando during All-Star weekend. During half time of the … Continue reading