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bard-barrister. 2021 Medium-Writers-Challenge Semifinalist —

(An Acrostic Poem)

What kind of country is this really?

I was in court yesterday trying to stop yet another slew of evictions. Most of the tenants are fine for now.

That’s because while I was in court, I received a text announcing that President Joe Biden extended the CDC Eviction Moratorium one more month. This is the last extension…

White Supremacists, Of Course.

“Education leads to enlightenment. Enlightenment opens the way to empathy. Empathy foreshadows reform.” — Derrick Bell

Way back in 1995, Derrick Bell, one of the key players in the Critical Race Theory movement, wrote about the attacks on the movement from many different ideological spectrums.

This is back when CRT…

A Short Story

After the eulogy, prayers, the sweet soothing ritual of a choir moaning, I rose from the front pew of the Kennedy Street Adventist Church where I had sat for over an hour and took my place beside the casket which held my longtime friend, Pablo Enrique Sanchez, Jr.

Six of…

Time To Boycott the State For Its Jim Crow Voting Law

“I Can Make The March And Make Georgia Howl…” — General William T. Sherman

Last time I was in Georgia, I stumbled upon a Black Hair show at a fancy downtown hotel in Atlanta. Atlanta was booming back then, as it is now. …

The only issue I have with the overall debate is why just this vaccine? Is the vaccination rate low for Black people on other vaccines? Like MMR? Polio? Smallpox? I would like to know. It would help me understand the debate better.

It’s Not Complicated Actually, or Is it?

I remember the concept of “woke” way back in my neighborhood and in Chocolate City, Washington D.C. Long before its present incarnation which is odd.

Woke, in my community, meant, that you as a Black person knew what “really” was happening. You were down with Black people. You spoke ebonics…

Glenn Youngkin’s Campaign Is Just Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’ on Drugs

Glenn Youngkin, the GOP gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, left me no choice. Few have stooped as low as he stooped recently in his politics.

Using a supposed white parent to trash the Nobel laureate writer, Toni Morrison, and all Black people, in his latest ad calling for banning Morrison’s book…

(poem inspired by the film — night of the kings)

sometimes i wonder if they forgot us out here in this forest.
i am sure they don’t want to think of us anyway. most days i
wonder about leaves & the sunlight that breaks through this wondrous.
if we don’t care to be discerned, let us embrace that choice like worship.
they never remember…

brian g gilmore (bumpyjonas)

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