Category Archives: race

BAG OF NAILS by Peter Nolan Smith

Nicky Barnes was a drug dealing legend from the 70s. He ran his heroin empire from Harlem under the protection of the Lucchese crime syndicate. ‘Crazy Joe’ Gallo was his godfather and helped Barnes create ‘the Council’ to run the trade north of 125th Street. Barnes earned the name ‘Mr. Untouchable’ for his skill at […]

A Nascar Noose For Bubba

NASCAR properly responded to the current Black Lives Matter protests by banning the Stars and Bars Rebel Flag from display at race events, outraging their Dixie fans. A few days later the organization’s only African-American racer walked into Talladega Superspeedway’s Garage # 4 to be informed that the yank rope to the garage door was […]

The Selma Of The North

I grew up in the 1960s on the South Shore of Boston. Only two African-Americans lived in my hometown. The Red Sox star pitcher Luis Tiant and the esteemed US Senator Edward Brooke. My neighborhood friends opened their hearts to reveal the incurable hatred in their souls. I never spoke to them again without saying […]

D-Day Plus 4

According to https://www.dday-overlord.com Allied engineers commenced with the construction of the artificial harbors of Arromanches and Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, as US troops pushed toward the crossroad of Carentan, while the British forces struggled against the Nazis before Caen. Europe would remain under the Hitlerian rule for almost another year, but seventy-four years later the fascists have seized […]

AX IN HAND by Peter Nolan Smith

My mother had spent her honeymoon on Bermuda. Every winter my parents had vacationed in the Caribbean and each July my father rented a Harwichport cottage for a week. My mother loved the ocean. On summer weekends they loaded his six children into the Ford Station wagon for a drive to the beach. Massachusetts had […]