Written May 2019

As long as Lee Barracks stands, it serves as a permanent barrier to the inclusion of Black students into the Corps of Cadets.

I will continue to feel unwelcome at this academy knowing that in the mid 1960’s, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, West Point dedicated a building to Robert E. Lee as an institutional celebration of our school’s rejection of integration and inclusion.

50 years later, I attended a ceremony celebrating the opening of West Point’s newest barracks named for its fourth Black graduate, General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Hundreds of people, including…


#JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

What is justice for a Black person in America?

We are crying out trying to find justice for an unending list of names.

#JusticeforEricGarner #JusticeforSandraBland #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd #JusticeforWhoeverIsNext

But what does justice look like when you are Black in America?

The law does not work for victims of racial violence. Whether or not these killers are convicted, police officers continue to kill us.

So when will we stop telling ourselves this is bad cops making a bad name for the majority of good ones?

This problem is not the product of the poor character or decision making by individual police officers.


Today a self-proclaimed “proud non-reader of books” represented the Black community in meeting about criminal justice reform and police brutality with the leader of the free world. I’ve gone to bat for Kanye for a long time, but there is no forgiving this.

When my high school English teacher called him a misogynist after he released the music video for “Monster,” I told her he was a misunderstood artist. When he told the world he was Andy Warhol, Walt Disney, “Shakespeare in the flesh,” I said he was the greatest creator of art since Michael Jackson. …


(2018 Focus Features LLC)

The newest Spike Lee Joint is branded as a true story. But this isn’t the case. It’s characters are real people but the successes of the Colorado Springs PD come more from Hollywood creativity than historical fact.

The truth is, this movie distorts history and whitewashes one of the darkest periods in our governments history.

In the movie, they show the harmless surveillance of a Stokely Carmichael rally and the heroic takedown of the KKK. Both show an innocent, bordering on positive, portrayal of the J. Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO initiative, which is now widely criticized.

The movie’s depictions of these…


Yesterday, NFL Owners came together and approved a new NFL policy which stated that NFL players and coaches do not have to be on the field for the National Anthem but those who do must “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.”

Many people have problems with the NFL.Whether it be because of its history with domestic violence, the safety and mental health of its players or the fact that it’s pretty much impossible to like Roger Goodell, the nation’s most popular sport is not without its fair share of controversy.

But I’m not here to write…


Recently, someone I know forwarded me an email titled “Kaepernick’s Oppression…” This friend of mine sends me lots of emails with jokes, news stories, riddles and often some about politics. This particular email read “Just so you know and understand where he’s coming from…this is the oppression that mediocre ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been forced to endure…” above pictures of his large home, luxury car and collection of shoes.

I felt the need to help this person “know and understand” where Colin is actually coming from. …

John Martin

Trying to Imagine a Better, More Equal World

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