RACE

This illustration of the 1898 Wilmington massacre typifies how publications of the time promoted misleading characterizations of the incident as a “race riot” or a Black insurrection. Source: History.com/Alamy Photo

When I researched an article on the Wilmington Coup of 1898 earlier this year, several things struck me about this little-known historical event. …

Economy

Photo by Hello I’m Nik on Unsplash

During his days as a US Senator, President Lyndon Johnson told a story of an unemployed schoolteacher’s job interview with a school board in Depression-era Texas. At one point during the meeting, a rancher on the school board asked the teacher the following question: “How do you teach it? Is…

POLITICS

Christian leaders lay hands on and pray for Donald Trump ahead of the first impeachment vote. October 2019

A while back, I wrote about how in the late 1970s, I spent a summer working for my cousin’s auto dealership just outside of Huntsville, Alabama. …

POLITICS

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin holding forth from his yacht. Source: Reddit

There was a time when television westerns were as prevalent as Law & Order spin-offs. Branded, a short-lived 1965 television western starring Chuck Conners, was one such show.

Conners, a former professional athlete, turned actor, played Jason McCord, an army officer kicked out of the military for cowardice. …

RACE

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If anything good came of the Trump era, it is the confirmation that Black people’s assertion about decades-long systemic racism was pretty much on the nose.

When I write about the subtleties of anti-Black racism in everyday life, more than one of my former readers describes it as “selling race”…

FAMILY MYTHOLOGY

“The Wonder Years” (2021) follows the Williams family and is set in 1968. (Erika Doss/ABC) Source: The Washington Post

When I watched the first episode of ABC’s reboot of The Wonder Years, the show revived many childhood memories. Since I was a kid in 1968, the year the reboot was set, I couldn’t help but reflect on my “Wonder Years.”

Interestingly, this version of The Wonder Years is in…

THIS IS AMERICA

Credit: Carlos Amato/New Frame

About a year before we moved to the island where we currently reside, we lived in Fuquay-Varina, a small town outside Raleigh, North Carolina. I’d recently started writing for a capital markets research firm, and my wife had a “real job” managing a Williams Sonoma in Raleigh.

We got lucky…

SYSTEMIC RACISM

Source: Cointelegraph

After leaving Wall Street in 2012, I consulted for a few years as a subject-matter expert for a capital markets research firm in New York. My main area of focus was fintech, a portmanteau for “finance” and “technology.” My job was to examine the impact of disruptive financial services startups…

Marlon Weems

Storyteller. Recovering Capitalist. Bylines in GEN, Momentum, and An Injustice. EIC at The Journeyman. Connect: https://linktr.ee/thejourneyman

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