The Back Room

With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.

Thoughts on…Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, … Continue reading

July 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

In 1972 Gil Scott-Heron published The Nigger Factory

In 1972, Gil Scott-Heron published The Nigger Factory.  I read it for the first time this morning.  His first book, The Vulture, a murder mystery with a social conscience, hooked … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Black Prophetic Fire Part 3

BLACK PROPHETIC FIRE Part 3 Welcome back again, Brother West.  I so enjoy this discussion.  Let me first say, thank you for bringing such important and forgotten pioneers like Ida … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · Leave a comment


BLACK PROPHETIC FIRE Part 2 Welcome back, Brother West.  Let me correct something right away.  I mentioned you co-wrote this book but I neglected to name the other writer. That … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment


BLACK PROPHETIC FIRE! Brother West, you recently co-wrote a book called Black Prophetic Fire. I did.  I surely did.  And let me tell you why.  This nation, this dear beloved … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Race in America

Here it is.  This is where we are.  While yet another American city burns. “Stop committing crimes and there will be no problems.” “Stop protecting police who routinely use unnecessary … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Homicide: Life on These Killing Streets

Homicide: Life on the Street is my favorite TV show ever.  The 1990’s show focused on homicide detectives in Baltimore, based upon actual Baltimore detectives featured in David Simon’s book … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Discussion on Race in America

Non-whites are judged daily by the color of their skin and the sound of their name.   I will never have to experience what non-whites go through.  I can ask questions … Continue reading

December 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

Letting a book into your head

20 years ago, when it was first published, I purchased Nathan McCall’s autobiography Makes Me Wanna Holler. I finally read it this weekend. There are many reasons to not read … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 6 Comments


“It’s great that African-Americans have their club and get together and feel good about being black, and they should… but what about white people, why isn’t there a club for … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

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