J. Cole: The False Prophet

COVID-19 happened, and the outsoken lyricist J. Cole from North Carolina went mute. With Chicago activist-rapper named Noname questioning his whereabouts during the struggle, Cole responded with ”Snow on the Bluff.”

To the Anti-Looters: Shut Up

by Jermaine Reed Anti-looters, please shut up. This is not a defense of looting; Rather, this is a chiding of those condemning what they have denigrated as ”looters.” A common argument I am hearing is, what happened to George Floyd was wrong, but looting has no place in this. Another argument is that Black peopleContinue reading “To the Anti-Looters: Shut Up”

A Child’s Murder Goes Unsolved: A Chicago Thing

In 2015, after 2-year-old Kyrian Knox’s dismembered body was found in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood, the city was stunned. The ensuing manhunt led to the arrest of Kamel Harris, a Chicago caretaker. With seemingly no evidence tying Harris to the crime, police and prosecutors forged ahead in charging Harris. Last year, Harris was fully aquittedContinue reading “A Child’s Murder Goes Unsolved: A Chicago Thing”

The Chicago Police Have Failed Us, and So Will Lori Lightfoot

While watching Lori Lightfoot hold a press conference about gun offenders and weekend violence, I cringed. Part of the reason I cringed was because of the creature standing behind her, the failed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, the same man who did nothing to punish the officer who shot Rekia Boyd in the head andContinue reading “The Chicago Police Have Failed Us, and So Will Lori Lightfoot”

America’s Trash: The Average Black Man

​As the commander-in-chief douses with gasoline the racial fire that has consumed America and led to two recent mass shootings by at least one known white supremacist, this country’s judicial system continues to be tone deaf when it comes to the plight of Black men. This is obvious in the case of Gaston Tucker, aContinue reading “America’s Trash: The Average Black Man”