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Desnee Flakes

Desnee Flakes
Aiken, South Carolina, US
December 04
I am a recently employed activist who has been writing all my life about the issues that mean the most to me. My interests lie in politics, parity, race, and history. I believe that each of those things are interconnected and that only when we look straight at something do we actually see it. My politics are left of center, and I don't rely on any movement to define where my center is. My father taught us to measure others with the same yardstick you measure yourself.


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As those who read me know I haven't been posting for a while and now I will share some of that with you here.

I became unemployed back in February of 2012 and applied for unemployment. My job objected to me getting the money and wanted a hearing. I wrote about… Read full post »

JANUARY 17, 2013 2:48PM

There I Said It!!

I don’t like White people. It came to me as I was watching The Secret Life of Bees. Everyone will walk away from the book or movie feeling something different but, what I walked away with was Black people have nurtured White people and placed ourselves in harm’s way for themRead full post »

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What kind of journalism is it when a third party named Joe Oliver is interviewed about an incident which he was not present for? Chris Matthews announced that he had a guest on Hardball that would shed ligh… Read full post »

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MARCH 22, 2012 9:37PM

And Justice For All


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I have not been able to bring myself to read the multiple stories here concerning Trayvon Martin for one reason Chace Coe. Chace was my son and he was shot in the back of his head with an AK-47 one night in February 1993. I had just returned back… Read full post »

MARCH 12, 2012 11:46AM

Was That A Fracking Earthquake??!!!



There are whispers across different media that fracking may be linked to earthquakes. This is disturbing news in the least; and at best it should focus attention on alternative energy sources, which may not have been fully vetted in terms of safety concerns. In the alte… Read full post »

MARCH 10, 2012 1:29PM

The Singular Voice Of Katori Hall


I have to admit that I look for Black female writers here at Open Salon hoping to find Katori Hall, and more times than not, I'm left wanting. Katori Hall is a young Black female playwright, who has not only found her voice, but found an audience for it… Read full post »



Marcy Kaptur has won the Democratic nomination in her contest against Dennis Kucinich; and we have lost our voice, our conscience, and our champion. How did Cleveland let this happen? What was the magic pixie dust she had to sprinkle across the airwaves, which could make these peRead full post »







"There is a reality that all low-wage workers-

Black, white, and Latino-are in competition with

each other for jobs. Forty percent of African-

American workers are stuck in low wage, service

sector jobs. These are also the jobs that

employers are moRead full post »

MARCH 6, 2012 1:11PM

Loving WAR

When I was 16 years old my life was a very different one from the one I live today and the reason was Howard Scott, the lead guitar player for WAR. While most of my peers were preparing for their real lives, I was living my… Read full post »
MARCH 1, 2012 7:15PM

Waiting On The Storm




"I'm waiting for my first thunderstorm. I don't know how I'm going to react, and I'm afraid it won't be good!" That is what the young soldier sitting in front of me on the train was telling his companions, as we moved away from the Farragut North stop… Read full post »


Well another year of pagentry has come and gone and one thing that the Academy remains faithful to is their committment to honor the Black maid. Can you imagine if half of all the awards that White women earned were for their role as burger flipper? I'm pretty sure you… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2012 2:09PM

An Itch You Can't Scratch


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How I got to the racetrack probably isn't important, at least not as important as the fact that I spent roughly the next thirty or so years trying to rid myself of the itch. And any race tracker will tell you it is an itch; an addiction,Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2012 7:56PM

Ice and Fire

Sitting in my living room in the middle of an ice storm, I became consumed by isolation. The kind of isolation only nature can impose, when our customary creature comforts are severed. No phone, no electricity, no heat or television. Only a flicker of light from a single candle and the… Read full post »


Thank you Franklin Graham, your appearance yesterday spurred me to do some research on the Evangelical movement. The language you and the Republican candidates use is so similar I had to find where, who, and how this party h… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 20, 2012 9:45AM

Losing My Religion And My Lunch

256px-Rick_Santorum_official_photoIf I hear another commentator discuss Santorum's religious views I'm going to lose both my religion and my lunch. In 2006 Santorum lost his Senate seat by 18 points. According to G. Terry Madonna, a public policy professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster it was the largest loss… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 10:25PM

Uncle Pat (Buchanan) And The Liberal Lyin'

MSNBC announced today that Pat Buchanan will no longer be working with the network. After 10 years of Pat Buchanan flagrantly using White racism to forward his policy ideas and that of his party, he has finally been told your message no longer fits with this network. But let’s look at… Read full post »

Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney are fighting yesterday's battle, because President Obama has found a compromise, that has satisfied some of his toughest critics regarding who will pay for contraceptive services. 

But this fight has never been about contraception or religion for the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2012 9:45AM

Hateration in a Haternation Pt. II

When I posted part I of this saga yesterday it was with a hope that people of good will would step forward and begin a dialogue about the inherent pain that comes with such virulent racism. I was not surprised when it didn't happen. But I have to say the irony… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2012 4:36PM

Hateration in a Haternation

A couple of days ago my friend Wayne Glapion had posted a very disturbing picture on his Facebook page. The picture was of the President with hunting season below his image. It was drawn by a child and was being displayed in the 8th grade hall at Boyet Jr. High, in Slidell, Louisiana.… Read full post »

Reading through my Facebook feed over the last couple of days, a story that I am viewing with much interest is the case of Republican, Indiana Secretary of State, Charlie White. White was convicted on 6 counts of voter fraud and his Governor, Mitch Daniels is waiting for a judge to… Read full post »
I just read a great post titled February Is For White Folks Too. This made me think about how open is Open Salon to that idea. So I looked at the home page to see if the editors found some literary gems written by Black people for this month. And I… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 2, 2012 1:10PM

The Highway To Here

In August of 2003, I had the pleasure of meeting Liliane Casey. Liliane's life is like a highway. It intersects with history in every direction. Her mother born a Baroness fled Russia to escape the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Her father is the last Black American born jockey to win the
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FEBRUARY 1, 2012 3:10PM

What Percentage Of The 99% Are We?

On Oct. 15, 2011 I set off with my friend Takisha Burke for Washington, DC from Aiken, SC to attend the opening of the Martin Luther King memorial and to engage the Take Back The Machine occupation up close and personal. The following day we arrived fashionably late at the opening… Read full post »
JANUARY 30, 2012 12:57PM

The Metrics

I just got fired from my job as a customer service representative at a third party provider for a large telecommunications company. I wish I had known when I applied that I had just stepped into “The Metrics.” In this world people who rarely come from the call center floor are… Read full post »