Author Archives: Byron

Kipnap & Ransom: Cash Bail System

The cash bail system creates misery and poverty among in poor and minority communities. A system that was designed to allow folks accused of crimes to be let out jail has become a mechanism to keep them in jail. A … Continue reading

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All my skinfolk…

Black folks in this country, those who were brought as prisoners of war and those that emigrated of their own accord, have a long history of names and labels that have been applied to us. The list is exhausting. The … Continue reading

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Gentrification Part I

Gentrification is slowly making the city I live in, inhospitable to me. I live in Detroit, but sometimes when I am out and about in my city, white folks look at me like I’m lost. This is offensive to me … Continue reading

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Why You Sound White?

We as a people often give lip service to the ideas of inclusion and treating everyone the same, but we often fall short in this area. There is a popular meme on the black internet that presents folks of various ethnicities and asks if … Continue reading

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What is Woke?

I fully intended to write about how hard it is being a “woke” black person black person in this country. But then I remembered, James Baldwin wrote everything that needs to be written about that in this one sage phrase; “To be a Negro in this country and … Continue reading

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