A year after George Floyd: A letter to my Black son


Keith Magee and his son, Zayden, in 2015. Opinion by Keith Magee/CNN Dear Son, We are upon the first anniversary of a deplorable killing. Last May, outside of a grocery store in Minnesota, George Floyd — a Black man — was slowly, casually murdered by a White police officer. Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, is the sameContinue reading “A year after George Floyd: A letter to my Black son”

There is a white lady in my house


It was the sixties, after the march on Washington and the passage of Civil Rights laws. America started to take a look at itself. In most cities in America, it isn’t uncommon to have a separate Catholic Church for Whites, Blacks and other cultures. In an attempt to integrate some of the churches, the hierarchyContinue reading “There is a white lady in my house”

The GOP wants to make it difficult for Asians, Blacks, Mexicans and Young Urban Whites to vote


THE BIG JUICY LIE Trump’s stolen election lie has convinced many that fraud is a problem in American elections. Three out of every 4 Republicans believe that there was widespread voter fraud in last year’s election,  according to a December Quinnipiac University poll, despite all evidence to the contrary. State Republicans in Texas, Georgia and Florida are now proposing voting restrictionsContinue reading “The GOP wants to make it difficult for Asians, Blacks, Mexicans and Young Urban Whites to vote”

Wild myths I believed about white people: Notes on race, American ignorance and the Capitol riots


America will never cure its racial sickness because no one wants to begin with what they do not understand By: Darryl Robinson/Salon.com The Greyhound bus was quiet. The day was dreary. And I was madly uncomfortable. “What time is it?” I asked a guy sitting across the aisle.  “It’s 2 p.m.,” he said. After nearly fourContinue reading “Wild myths I believed about white people: Notes on race, American ignorance and the Capitol riots”

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”