WSV’s Torrey Brown writes about an offensive Valentine’s Day themed image that circulated through the Los Angeles Police Department last week. The image makes light of George Floyd — who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020 — with a caption that read, “You take my breath away.”
WSV Columnist Torrey Brown writes about the Wilmington insurrection of 1898 that led to the overthrow of a newly elected interracial government, and resulted in the deaths of at least 60 Black people.
How did we get here? How did we get to a place where facts are not facts and opinions are? When did things change from seeking the truth to seeking something to fit our own narrative? The narrative I would like to address in particular is that Barack Obama created division in this country.
“So what is the real problem? I think the real problem is that, in your eyes, us as Black people do not have the right to demand equality. How dare us? Who do we think we are to want an equal playing field?”
Torrey Brown argues that everyone has their fingers pointed at governors, claiming that they are responsible for this or that during the pandemic, while not realizing who is ultimately responsible for it all.
In this week’s edition of Tuesdays with Torrey, WSV Columnist Torrey Brown looks at the Heroes (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act.
“All Lives Matter” is a poem written by Three Rivers native Torrey Brown about the hypocrisy of detractors of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Do you know who Thomas Corwin is? Neither did I until I decided to do some studying up on the history of this great nation.
“Let’s talk mental health in the black community. Why is this a stigma? Who decided that it was taboo to speak about this topic? When are we going to stop the crab in a barrel mentality?”
“Please excuse my blackness, I was born this way. My hair naturally curls, and the bass in my voice ain’t going away. Please excuse my blackness, I just want to buy a cigar. I’m not trying to steal anything, you are taking this too far.”
“Fatherhood is a gift that will warm the hearts of even the toughest men. I’m a 6’4″ 300-pound man that has been losing tug of wars and wrestling battles to my kids for 11 years.”
Torrey Brown expresses his frustration with systemic racism and hypocrisy in his latest poem “Just my thoughts.”
“If you’ve ever questioned the concept of white privilege or have been confused by what exactly it means, situations like the protests in Lansing should provide clarity for you.”
“Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been trying to stay in front of this pandemic and is making decisions based on our safety, the constituents of her state. Requesting supplies from the federal government, closing schools, and issuing stay-at-home orders are all part of an attempt to flatten the curve on this deadly virus, and will save lives if done correctly. Her decision to extend the stay-at-home orders and to create more stringent rules are not because she has decided to be a dictator, nor are they because she is trying to become Joe Biden’s running mate.
“It’s because we as residents of this state were not making intelligent decisions.”
“Assault on the alphabets” written by Three Rivers native and poet Torrey Brown.
Even for the greats it all comes to an end at some point. To be a college or high school athlete, you have to deal with this realization a lot sooner than you would like. Hanging up the cleats for the last time is a feeling that will last with you forever.
Three Rivers native, poet, and Watershed Voice columnist Torrey Brown answers the hard questions between a father and a son in his first WSV poem.