Author: Solomon Jones

Solomon Jones | The Philadelphia Inquirer  I’ve long known that some of the Philadelphia police officers who were fired after their racist or bigoted Facebook comments were exposed by the 2019 Plainview Project were trying to get their jobs back through arbitration. That’s why reading about it in The Inquirer was no surprise. I was, [...]
By Solomon Jones | WURD Radio Sometimes you meet people who influence you in ways you can’t immediately see. Leroi Simmons did that for me. He called me one Saturday out of the blue while I was outside with my children. At the time I had just debuted a self-published CD called Wisdom, which I’d [...]
Solomon Jones | The Inquirer I don’t care that Kim Potter, the police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright during a car stop, has resigned. I don’t care that Police Chief Tim Gannon stepped down either. I’m still enraged, because Wright didn't have to die. It happened Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota—a suburb just [...]
By Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com As the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is accused of killing George Floyd by mercilessly pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck, begins this week, I am convinced that Black people need healing as much as we need justice. There is a persistent heartache that [...]
By Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com The tale of Mike Tyson’s life is riveting. Abandoned by his father at age 2, Tyson and his two siblings were raised by a single motherwho moved the family to a crime-ridden Brooklyn neighborhood called Brownsville. Tyson learned to fight, joined a gang, and was arrested repeatedly before he was sent to [...]
By Solomon Jones | WHYY.org Before COVID-19 shut down the world, I would often take my family to a bowling alley in East Norriton, Montgomery County. Back then, it was called the Facenda-Whitaker Bowling Lanes. Now it’s called the Our Town Alley Bowling Lanes, and it’s called one thing more — a murder scene. In the days [...]
Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com In homes that are even the least bit conscious about America’s long history of racial bias, one of many lessons Black parents teach their children is this one: You have to be twice as good to get half as much. That key verse from what I like to call “The Big [...]
Solomon Jones | Inquirer.com The Philly Fighting COVID debacle, where a group of self-described “college kids” with little-to-no medical experience was given a city partnership to run a mass vaccination program, is more than a national embarrassment. It could very well worsen the Black community’s mistrust of the COVID-19 vaccine—a mistrust our community can’t afford. [...]
Solomon Jones | WHYY.org The scene was unlike anything we’d ever witnessed. An angry mob descended on Capitol Hill after attending a rally where President Donald Trump erroneously claimed the election was stolen and directed his followers to confront members of Congress. “We’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you,” Trump [...]

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