I can remember walking around the neighborhood, when I was 13 or 14 years old, just before we moved to Germany. I was wearing a fedora, much to present me’s embarrassment, and a deep v-neck t-shirt (accompanied by far more embarrassment), and I had headphones in, listening to no doubt Maroon 5 in my MP3 player. I walked past a house across the street, where three white men, maybe in their 20s but at the time they seemed much older, were cleaning their Jeep. They saw me, and yelled something my way. …


(TW: Suicide)

I’ve been both looking forward to and dreading putting these thoughts into words for quite some time; in many ways I’ve been gearing up for it over the past two years. This is largely because I don’t generally take much time to grieve, for better or worse. I like to blame that on the nature of time, and the way in which our schedules tend to fill to brim as we journey further into adulthood. You have responsibilities, people to care for, chores to do, fun to schedule in and I’m sure, much like myself, it can be…


Join me on my journey to exactly examine and define the ways in which capitalism lay at the root of what stands in front of progress, and on my quest to figure out just what to do about it. I’m excited to learn — I hope you are too.

I am under the firm belief that capitalism (and its inalienable evils akin to it) is at the core or many, if not most of the hardship and suffering plaguing the masses in America today. So it only makes sense that any person concerned with making our society one that resembles a nation that upholds equity and justice as its true guiding principles must first and foremost be concerned with the dismantling of capitalism. …


The Russian hacking initiative that took place during the 2016 election was multifaceted. They hacked and released documents from the DNC and RNC, targeted other Republican candidates running for the office of the president, and stole voter information from certain states in the country. However, one of the more nuanced and, in the opinion of some including myself, more effective campaigns was their employment of what the intelligence community called the “troll farm”. We know it more commonly under the moniker of “Russian bots” on social media. …


I’ve struggled in these recent times to find my place as Black and Mexican man in America — particularly, my place in this so-called “social reckoning”. Indeed, I’ve stumbled, and at times fallen, trying to navigate the roadblocks, land mines, and sink holes.

What is difficult is feeling confident on a clear way forward. The issues that we are facing in this country seem so monumental at times, it feels absurd to think any of us could affect any meaningful change, without bloodshed. Yet more often, it is always astounding to me to see and hear such vehement debate about…


I’ve taken on the task of defining my guiding principles as I try to live them, and I’d like to share them with you. You see, in my mind, being a “good person” can be reduced to a few core principals or attributes, and strengthening said attributes requires constant introspection. Below is my system of belief as I try to live it, and, if I were a cult leader, as I would prescribe it as well.

The Seven Attributes of Introspective Social Justice

  • creating emotional and inclusive spaces for others
  • aiding in another’s growth and attainment of personal goals
  • remaining concerned with equity as it is defined…

Jermaine Manuel Barkley

a black and mexican pansexual man passionate about social justice, equity, the implementation of socialism, and race dynamics in the U.S. Flagstaff, AZ.

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