The dark turn of the immigration fight…

The dark turn of the immigration fight…

  In light of the current immigration raids, I thought of a conversation I had with a good friend of mine. When he was a child, his parents smuggled him into the United States in a trunk of car. Growing up, he and I did the same things as any other young man – went to school, played video games, read comic books, and talked about girls. It wasn’t until the Immigration Customs and Enforcement raids started to happen around our city that he told me how he arrived here….

The Day After: What a Donald Trump Presidency Means To Me Pt. 2

The Day After: What a Donald Trump Presidency Means To Me Pt. 2

  The day after the election I was trying to wrap my mind around the fact that reality TV host and professional blowhard Donald J. Trump was going to be the 45th President of the United States. In the first installment of this series, I gave my analysis of why I believed Trump cruised to victory, crushing Hillary Clinton 304 to 227 in the electoral poll. As I wrote in “Only in America”, I was not surprised that Trump beat Clinton. There was an earthquake of racism, anti-establishment, and absolute rebuke…

Black, While Using Uber

Black, While Using Uber

Originally printed at The Good Men Project  As a Black man, I am used to poor treatment and being denied service. I have been ignored by retail store clerks, stalked by department store security guards, made to wait an unusually long time for my order to be taken at a restaurant, and have a sometimes incredibly hard time hailing a cab. Ah yes, catching a taxi – one of the many challenges of being Black. My friends used to trade stories of what strategies worked when getting a cab driver…

Bay Area Voices on Racial Injustice: “Heads I live, tails I don’t”

Bay Area Voices on Racial Injustice: “Heads I live, tails I don’t”

This originally appeared at Kalw As the Bay Area marks the two-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, demands for police accountability continue in the aftermath of major scandals that rocked the Oakland and San Francisco police departments. When the East Bay Express invited Bay Area residents to submit personal reflections on racial injustice, dozens wrote in. Among them was writer LeRon Barton, who’s struggled with staying true to himself as a black man. LERON BARTON: If I come in contact with a police officer, it’s a flip of a coin. You…