Racism just took a hard left in Kenosha, Wisconsin


Last Sunday an unarmed black man, 29 year old Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha police officer. As a result of the shooting, Blake is paralyzed from the waist down and is chained to a hospital bed. Early Wednesday morning beyond the city’s 8 pm curfew an armed 17Continue reading “Racism just took a hard left in Kenosha, Wisconsin”

“The front door blew off the hinges”: What happens when police raid your home without knocking first “When your black, the cops don’t stop to knock”


  Photo: Google By: D. Watkins/Salon.com It was 1995, and we were scheduled to leave the east side of Baltimore for Kings Dominion the next morning. I had big plans: to ride all the rides, eat funnel cake, crack jokes on the three-hour bus ride with my classmates to the theme park, and sleep on the ride home. AndContinue reading ““The front door blew off the hinges”: What happens when police raid your home without knocking first “When your black, the cops don’t stop to knock””

The narrow band of AM radio


Before streaming, before DVD’s, CD”s, cassettes and Stereophonic sound there was AM radio. Every home had an AM radio. AM is where you heard preaching on Sunday. a place where you listened to sports, and every form of music from Classical to country was available on the AM dial. At 10 years old, I becameContinue reading “The narrow band of AM radio”

What it means to raise a Black girl in white America


Photo: Google When we learned we were having a girl, my aggressive planning for my child’s upbringing had to change This essay is part of a series on fear and impending fatherhood. Read  I used to stare down the barrels of guns . Now I’m going to be a dad , and that’s scarier” andContinue reading “What it means to raise a Black girl in white America”

City Council Candidate: Wants to keep town as white as possible


    (CNN)A woman running for a city council in Michigan said she wants a “white community as much as possible.” Jean Cramer’s racist answer came at a forum Thursday to a question about bringing more diversity to Marysville, which is 95% white. Other candidates gasped at her words, as heard in a recording posted on the websiteContinue reading “City Council Candidate: Wants to keep town as white as possible”

AFRAID in the USA


I don’t have a clear memory of images on TV of police attacking young black children with dogs and fire hoses to prevent them from marching. When I was a child, the news was something grown folks watched. Television for me was Captain Satellite, The Flintstones, I love Lucy and Bugs Bunny. I clearly rememberContinue reading “AFRAID in the USA”

Is this thing on? “He’s Asian trapped in an White Body”


    The majority of the population in Hawaii is Asian.   For a brief moment,  Congressman Ed Case of Hawaii lost his mind when he said he was an “Asian trapped in a white body.”  to the Asian and Pacific Islander members of the new Congress.  These tibets are not uncommon when some individuals areContinue reading “Is this thing on? “He’s Asian trapped in an White Body””

How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm after seeing Paris,Texas


How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm After they‘ve seen Paree was a popular song after World War 1. With a many of the soldiers living in rural areas there was a concern that some wouldn’t want to return to life on the farm after seeing Paris. One hundred miles northeast of DallasContinue reading “How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm after seeing Paris,Texas”

White women like me, we need to talk (about not calling the police)


(CNN)   Did you hear about the white woman who called police in Memphis earlier this month because a black man who wanted to buy a house was trying to take a look at it first? What about the white people who called the police on black people simply for sleeping in their own dorm lounge at Yale, barbecuingContinue reading “White women like me, we need to talk (about not calling the police)”

I have a (blank) friend


If you want to quickly change the temperature of a room. Change the topic to race. Especially if  there people of different races in the room. On Social Media someone recently posted something that said:  Blacks aren’t currently slaves and Whites aren’t slave owners.  My take: He was saying its history, get over it. TheContinue reading “I have a (blank) friend”