The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book: “Born on a Fence”. Stay tuned for further details!

And if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.
— James Baldwin, “My Dungeon Shook”, The Fire Next Time

Dear Arthur,

I know, I know how strange this must read to you. I know it is an odd thing to write to you before you are born, and stranger still to declare predictions of what your life…


I didn’t know what Juneteenth was until I was a grown man. My father — my sole link and mentor in blackness — never told me what it was, when it was, or what the date signified. With his passing three years ago this coming August, I cannot say with apodictic certainty if he knew what it was — although I have circumstantial evidence to exonerate him of ignorance.

My father was political in his youth, a consciousness in his surroundings that we have long described as woke. He once described his college years to me (before he met my…


It was a Thursday. His wife had to be on at 6pm — and he was overtime. One could almost picture what was going on in his mind:

It was a glib wrap up to a strong performance. He had spent the last 6 minutes out of the 18 minute interview arguing that the 1994 crime bill he sponsored had not, as had been alleged, harmed the Black community in America, and that his “record” on Black issues was sterling. He had dodged discussion about the 1986 Bill by focusing on the public’s misperception of what was in the 1994…

Colin D.N. Jones

Rogue bioethicist and USMC veteran writing things, compulsively.

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