Being A Black Man In America Never Feels Safe

Being A Black Man In America Never Feels Safe

When I wake up in the morning, I tend to toss and turn and try to grab another 30 minutes of sleep. It feels like I never get enough. Today was different. I woke up, looked around at the sunlight finding its way into the apartment, and headed to the bathroom. As I looked at myself, I smiled. LeRon, you are getting old, kid! I thought, as I turned my head and saw the greys in my beard and goatee. Read the rest here

The Dr. Vibe Show – Covid 19 and it’s effect on Black America.

The Dr. Vibe Show – Covid 19 and it’s effect on Black America.

It is always good to appear on The Dr. Vibe show. Since first guesting a little more than five years ago, we have grown to have a good relationship. On this episode, he and I caught up and talked about how Covid 19 is disrupting African-American’s. Our colleague Galen Bingham joined in on the conversation to offer his always intelligent observation.

We Are Meaningful podcast

We Are Meaningful podcast

I was a guest on the We Are Meaningful podcast, a show that talks about Black and Brown women’ experience in the workplace. I spoke with Crystal and Krysta about racism while working, the practice of keeping my cool in anti-Black environments, and why it is important to recognize when people are being racist. I had a great time on the podcast and hope to speak with them soon Click on the link below. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/decoding-the-subtext-contortion-w-leron-barton/id1493457205?i=1000468844997

Speakers Who Dare – The Talk

Speakers Who Dare – The Talk

In March 2020, I was asked to give a recorded talk for Speakers Who Dare, a theatrical event held in New York City. My speech called “The Talk: What Black Parents Have To Tell Their Children” is about conversations that African American Mothers and Fathers have with their kids about racism, how to interact with police officers, and being Black. I referenced my Mother giving me “The Talk”, my Father telling me about race as an older man, and when I gave “The Talk” to a young Black man I…

In Death….

In Death….

In my 41 years on this earth, there have only been two times that I was truly afraid of dying. The first was in 1999 when I learned of the death of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas. The second time was in 2017 when my friend Anh died in a plane crash. These moments are significant for me – Byrd’s horrible murder told me how much America hates the Black man. Anh’s death hit me hard because this was someone who was going after her goals and taken from…

Kids don’t need to go through bullying #RIPNigelShelby

Kids don’t need to go through bullying #RIPNigelShelby

Thinking of the death of Nigel Shelby, the 15 year old Black kid who committed suicide due to being bullied for being Gay, I used to think that kids needed to be tough. I thought that we “babied” young people and that being bullied was a right of passage. I cannot tell you how wrong I was. In the age of social media, we often don’t understand how bulling has taken a more sinister turn. Instead of whispers in the hallway, cracking jokes, and notes passed around about people, there…

The Minimising of Sexual Assault of Black Boys

The Minimising of Sexual Assault of Black Boys

Growing up, I would hear stories from my male friends about how their baby sitters would kiss them or touch them in inappropriate ways. My friends would talk about making out with a “play aunt” or having sex with a family friend. It was not looked upon as a bad thing; in fact, it was something they bragged about. This was a rite of passage to many of us.

#Permitpatty and #BBQBecky: 911 is a joke

#Permitpatty and #BBQBecky: 911 is a joke

There are not too many Black people walking among us today that can tell you they have avoided contact with the police. It is an almost inevitable collision. You can be walking down the street, driving a car, entering your own home, or performing everyday life tasks, and eventually you will interact with the cops. This is something Black parents try and prepare their children when they give The Talk, a conversation our Mothers and Fathers have with us about how to act when confronted by the police and how…