Invisible Chess Not Invisible Life

Date: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 4:49pm EST
Location: Toledo Correctional Institution

I want to begin this post by saying “thank you” to everyone who attended and supported the recent Denison University screening of my documentary INVISIBLE CHESS: The Jason Goudlock Story. I also want to extend a special thank you to National Public Radio (NPR) for interviewing the film’s producer, William Nichols. And I have to say thank you to former Ohio Senator Shirley Smith and the nonprofit organization Fair Treatment Reform for recently speaking out against the unjust practices of the Ohio Parole Board.

Finally, the once-suppressed injustice that I’ve been on the receiving end of is being exposed for all to see! Hopefully, this exposure will lead to many old-law prisoners, as well as me, being released.

I have to admit I was slightly disappointed that nobody in LeBron James’ camp supported my documentary. I reached out to him through his business partner Maverick Carter, but I didn’t hear back from anyone. Considering all of the publicity that was generated from the 2014 comment I made about him to the Parole Board, I was confident he would support the film some kind of way. I mean INVISIBLE CHESS is about the kind of injustice he’s against. But it’s still a possibility he could get involved.

I’m also hoping that the WNBA’s Brittney Griner reverses course on her 2014 comment that she made to TMZ Sports about me. (Maybe we can email TMZ Sports and ask them and “Van” to review INVISIBLE CHESS, and then re-interview Brittney Griner.)

Ultimately, the Denison screening has uplifted my spirit tremendously. I battle with deep depression, but the screening has shone some much needed light on me. Besides my freedom, the only thing I need in my life is a woman’s companionship. I have been alone essentially my entire time in prison. And the couple of times I thought I saw myself finally meeting someone perfect for me turned out to be mirages. Nevertheless, I remain optimistic that the great wait is coming to an end.

In conclusion,I just want to say, once again, thank you to all who supported INVISIBLE CHESS, and please, please spread the word about the documentary on your social media platforms. Tell local and national media about the film, and ask them to contact the film’s producer William Nichols and director Samuel H. Crow to review it. (See Also, you can show your support by purchasing a “FREE JG” T-Shirt and posting a picture of it with your social media posts.

Postscript: On April 26, 2019, at 11:00 p.m.,at 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio, a protest against the Ohio Parole Board will be held. Please show your support by attending this demonstration and/or supporting it on your social media platforms.

Jason’s Claim of Innocence Letter to Subway

Dear Subway,

My name is Jason Goudlock and I’m a 43-year-old Ohio prisoner who has been imprisoned since 1993, for committing several offenses of robbery and felonious assault. I’m writing this letter to you, however, in regards to my effort to prove my innocence in one of the robberies, which involved one of your Subway franchises in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to police records of Cleveland’s Fourth District Police Department, on March 9, 1993, a Subway eatery on Broadway Road was allegedly robbed by me (and a second suspect). The records also state that the Subway’s video surveillance system recorded footage of me robbing the sandwich shop. As I’ve mentioned above, however, I did not rob your establishment, and I am seeking to clear my name.

With this being said, in the interest of undoing an egregious case of injustice (Case No. CR299248, Cuyahoga County), I humbly ask that you, please, please assist me with obtaining the video surveillance tape of the 1993 Subway robbery. I have never seen the footage of the video, that is, because I was ineffectively represented by court appointed attorneys who manipulated me into forfeiting my right to go to trial. I know that the video, however, will exonerate me of any wrongdoing, that is, because I did not commit the robbery!

If you will help me to obtain the sought video, I simply ask that you make it available to the media and general public. The vindicating footage will speak for itself and will surely lead to me being freed from my nightmarish situation of injustice.

Although I did commit some of the robberies that I was convicted of committing in 1993, I shouldn’t have to have my entire life destroyed because of mistakes that I made as a juvenile, and because of a broken criminal justice system. With this being said, if you can find it in your heart to be an advocate of me being afforded the justice that I’ve been denied, I assure you that your gesture will exponentially benefit not just me, but it will, also, benefit countless of other at-risk young men and women. For, I intend to spend the rest of my life using my restored freedom towards preventing at-risk youth from traveling down the perilous road that I once traveled down.

In closing, I just want to say thank you for your time, and that I hope you will seriously consider helping me with proving my claim of innocence. At a time when the U.S. is greatly divided by various social inequalities and politics, I think that answering my plea to you for assistance would be a good opportunity to help move the country in a positive direction.


Jason Goudlock

Postscript: How about a job if I’m released? I’d love to be an example of redemption as a Subway employee

[1] A feature length film documentary, Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story, was recently released about my overall situation of injustice as an over-incarcerated Ohio “Old-law” prisoner. In 2014, after my protestations about my situation of injustice were publicized by way of a lighthearted comment that I made about LeBron James, I was given an unjust 60-month sentence continuation.

Faarooq Mu’min Mansour (a.k.a. Andrew D. Lee)

The following is an overview of the wrongful conviction of Faarooq Mu’min Mansour (a.k.a. Andrew D. Lee), a former Ohio State Buckeye and Cincinnati Bearcat football player. I ask that you please read it and assist Faarooq with his quest to win his freedom. Contact him and discuss his injustice on your social media platforms. Show Faarooq the same support you would show him if he were scoring touchdowns for your favorite teams.

Wrongfully Convicted Former Football Standout Seeks Justice

On March 24, 2002, the worst experience Faarooq Mu’min Mansour ever experienced took place when over three dozen police and SWAT officers surrounded his parent’s house to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for several felony charges. These charges consisted of multiple aggravated robberies and aggravated murder. Not knowing the victim or anything about the incidents mentioned in the warrant, Faarooq took the ordeal to be a case of mistaken identity. With the advice of his father, he allowed the authorities to handcuff him and take him into custody for questioning without any physical or verbal ruckus. Unbeknownst to Faarooq and his father, he would not be returning home that day.

A year later, in Ohio’s infamous Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Faarooq was railroaded and convicted in a racially and prejudicially motivated trial and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. What’s so appalling about his case is that he was never given a chance to prove his innocence through expert forensic analysis, eyewitness testimony, or even substantial and circumstantial evidence. Had he been afforded his constitutional right to do so, the cumulative evidence would have clearly proven his innocence.

As of this writing, it’s been almost 17 years since Faarooq was wrongfully arrested and he still proclaims his innocence. He seeks to regain his freedom by overturning his wrongful conviction. As you read the following vindicating facts, ask yourself: What would you do if it were you, a relative, or a friend that was entangled in a web of injustice like Faarooq’s and nobody within the judicial system cared?

If your answer is that you would engage in a legal fight for your or their freedom, then Faarooq, his family, and supporters ask that you help them publicize Faarooq’s story by telling it to the media, state, and local elected representatives, as well as by discussion Faarooq’s situation on all of your social media platforms.

Blind to the Vindicating Facts

In the Franklin County prosecutor’s overzealousness to prosecute Faarooq’s case, the prosecutor lost sight of justice and focused merely on obtaining a conviction in a high-profile case. Although a conviction was obtained (albeit a wrongful one), there were enormous gaps and discrepancies in the State’s timeline. Additionally, there were conflicting testimonies given by the State’s witnesses, all of whom were bought, i.e. their fabricated testimonies were purchased. Some of the most egregious problems in Faarooq’s case are as follows:

  • The suspect was described as being a height of 5’10”, weighing 174-185 lbs., clean shaven, low haircut, and wearing tan khaki pants with either a dark green or dark blue shirt. Faarooq, however, was 6’2″ tall, weighed 220 lbs., and had a long beard and long hair.
  • Multiple witnesses gave conflicting statements regarding what the suspect was doing and wearing during the commission of the crimes.
  • Bank photos of Faarooq, taken an hour before the crimes were committed, were used by a witness to identify what Faarooq was wearing. This description, however, did not match the description of the suspect that law enforcement were looking for.
  • Pictures in a photo lineup that were used to identify Faarooq after being arrested were not recent photos. The pictures, instead, were pictures that were taken five years earlier when his hair was much shorter.
  • The gun (9mm) used during the commission of the crimes was found in the possession of a career criminal from Columbus, Ohio who was a state and federal informant in Atlanta, Georgia. He was never charged.
  • Three witnesses were given separate deals, which consisted of their charges being dropped in other cases in exchange for providing fabricated testimonies against Faarooq.
  • Two witnesses — a father and son — perjured themselves when they took the stand and denied tailoring their story prior to the police showing them photos of Faarooq in a lineup.
  • A key witness, who was in protective custody, gave three contradictory statements to the police during a pretrial hearing and during the actual trial.
  • There is existing proof of how prosecutors committed prosecutorial misconduct to secure Faarooq’s conviction. This misonduct was done by coercing witnesses to falsely testify against their will, and by withholding exculpatory evidence, et cetera.
  • The coroner in Faarooq’s case was later fired from his job in Minnesota due to repeatedly lying to secure convictions in various other cases.
  • Critical exculpatory evidence was withheld from Faarooq by rogue prosecutors.

Bio, Update, and Conclusion

Faarooq Mu’min Mansour (born as Andrew D. Lee) was born November 27, 1981. He is a graduate of Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio and was a nationally recognized football player who briefly attended Ohio State University, as well as the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Faarooq was an avid volunteer and a mentoring role model to the youth in his community. He aspired to become a professional football player, coach, and a teacher. Despite his imprisonment, however, he continues to be productive and has taken up apprenticeships in culinary arts, barbering, coaching, and fitness training.

Today, Faarooq’s case is at a standstill due to the denial of his motion request for a new trial. He has, however, been back to court twice on appeal and in this process, he has seen his sentence modified and then later re-modified back to the trial judge’s original mandate. Throughout the course of all of this, it is also interesting to note that a private investigator accumulated several affidavits of favorable evidence on Faarooq’s behalf, as well as discovered favorable evidence that was left at the scene of the crimes but never made known to Faarooq or introduced at his trial.

Currently, Faarooq, his family, and supporters are seeking competent counsel to fight for him and aid in the forming of a legal coalition on his behalf to represent him in the filing of a Motion for Appeal.

While Faarooq has gained some legal support, he still needs more and has yet to gain the popular support of his community and the media. Through your advocacy, you can help Faarooq win his freedom and return home to his loving family and friends. You can do this by doing any or all of the following:

  • Make a financial donation for Faarooq’s legal representation
  • Organize freedom rallies and pledge drives
  • Organize letter/email writing campaigns to the media and state representatives
  • Create online petitions
  • Disseminate information about Faarooq’s injustice via social media and other Internet sites

There is strength in numbers, and by amassing a massive contingency of concerned citizens, the travesty of justice that has condemned Faarooq to a life of imprisonment can be undone and remedied. With this being said, please join the fight to free Faarooq Mu’min Mansour, who is, in addition to being an innocent man, a loving son, brother, and a father.

“Whenever a member [of the human race] is down, pick him up. Whenever he wants genuine help and you can help him, do so. Never leave him stranded and friendless. If you cannot help him yourself, send him someone who can help him. But put around him the arm of protection and keep him from going wrong and feeling absolutely friendless.”

Marcus Moziah Garvey, educator and entrepreneur (1887-1940), whose various teachings encourage and inspire Faarooq daily.

For more information, please contact Faarooq (Andrew D. Lee) and/or his parents at the following:

Andrew D. Lee, #447-246
Toledo Correctional Institution
2001 East Central Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 4360

Contact Faarooq via JPay.

Harold and Cynthia Lee
3802 Ashton Road
Columbus, Ohio 43227
Phone: (614) 237-1839
Mobile: (614) 260-1644
Fax: (614) 236-2796

Starting My Twenty-Sixth Consecutive Year

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 11:35am
Location: Toledo Correctional Institution

The documentary about my situation of injustice, Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story, recently made its debut at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival! I’ve been busy trying to assist with promoting the film. I’m writing letters to various organizations and sending them flyers about the film. The film producers are getting ready to do a huge press release for the film, plus are contacting colleges to set up screenings of the film.

Besides this, though, I’ve been writing and recording some music for the Internet. Some of it might be added to the official soundtrack for Invisible Chess. Hopefully, the music will generate the support of the Hip-Hop community. In addition to this, I’ve also begun putting together a format of audio commentary material, which will consist of me speaking about various topics related to the U.S. criminal justice system.

Aside from engaging in my fight for my freedom, I’ve just been doing my best to navigate around the daily bullshit that goes on inside the concrete jungle. The gang culture is everywhere, and most prisoners — who are mainly all new-law prisoners — are all in gangs and band together for strength, which makes doing time for minority, non-gang prisoners a little stressful, to say the least. Since I’m not in a gang, basically, I hav eto put up with guys running their mouth as if they can fight like Floyd Mayweather.

I also have to put up with the bullshit in the interest of trying to get paroled. But, I definitely want to get out of prison, so… I have to keep playing the “invisible chess” that I’m being forced to play. I just hope that somebody on the Parole Board will have some understanding about what old-law prioners are being forced to deal with. I don’t want to have to end up spending the rest of my life in prison for defending myself.

I just started my twenty-sixth consecutive year in prison (from the time of my arrest, Nov. 1993), and I assure you, I don’t want to be a criminal. Me sitting in a prison cell is doing nothing but making me bitter.

I’m almost to the point where I’m ready to just tell the State of Ohio to execute me, because I’m being tortured. I mean, I didn’t even commit two of the robberies that I’m in prison for! I can prove it because there is a video of the robberies, according to police records. But, as I’ve learned over the years, the truth or justice doesn’t mean anything once your in the system.

Just watch my documentary and you will see what “justice” means to the people who run Ohio’s criminal justice system. People pretend to care when the spotlight is on them. But, when they think nobody is paying attention, they do people like me. The thing with me is that I’m going to make my injustice known to the world!

It might sound crazy at first, but eventually there will be copies of Invisible Chess sent to the United Nations, that is, until my injustice is addressed. I mean, the injustice that I’m being subjected to is nothing but a beautified and modernized form of slavery, and the world needs to see what Ohio does to poor people who break the law.

I realize that I’m not being subjected to cruel North Korea-like punishment. But, just because I broke the law doesn’t mean that somebody has a right to own me!

I’m going to conclude on that note, but I’ll keep you updated. Please help spread the word about Invisible Chess and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

KANYE WEST, LEBRON, AND INVISIBLE CHESS: A Headline for Justice and Google

DATE: October 15, 2018
TIME: 11:50 a.m.
LOCATION: Ohio Concentration Camp

I probably should be in good spirits considering that my documentary, INVISIBLE CHESS, recently made it’s debut last month at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, but I’m actually a little upset because I’ve yet to hear from one person who watched the film besides my main supporters. I’ve come to the realization that most people don’t care about injustice inside the U.S. criminal justice system. People pretend to care when a TV camera is on. But when it’s off, nobody cares. People have become so desensitized that it has become acceptable for prisoners to be tortured by a racist U.S. criminal justice system.

INVISIBLE CHESS shows undeniable proof of me being tortured by Ohio’s criminal justice system, but, yet and still, as it appears, nobody gives a fuck. But what really has pissed me off in the past week is how everybody and their mama has spoken out against Kanye West’s recent meeting with President Trump to discuss criminal justice reform. Now, I definitely don’t agree with Kanye’s political views. But, damn, it can’t be denied that he’s on the front line in the interest of reforming the United States’ racist criminal justice system–that is, while most people are doing absolutely nothing!

In 2014, my situation of injustice received substantial publicity from a comment I made to the Ohio Parole Board about LeBron James. Unfortunately for me, however, not a soul contacted me about my situation. All of the so-called activist athletes and entertainers and organizations—they didn’t say a single word on my behalf. The WNBA’s Britney Griner, however, did tell TMZ that I should stay in prison. But, In her defense, she wasn’t told the whole story about my situation of injustice before being interviewed. But, even still, why would a Black superstar athlete use their voice to help me stay in prison?

At the time, I’d served nearly 21 consecutive years for robbery and assault, as a first-time prisoner. Afterwards, I tried numerous times to reach out to Griner. But, just like all of the other so-called righteous people in the U.S., she said fuck me. Like I said, though, when that TV camera is on it’s “Black Lives Matter! . . .Black Lives Matter!” But when that camera goes away, it’s fuck the struggle. The fact that I’m being subjected to being a modern-day slave–which the 13th Amendment clearly states is permitted in the U.S.—it means nothing. Absolutely, nothing.

Say whatever you want about Kanye West. Just know he’s getting a serious injustice addressed at the highest level, which just might lead to somebody being freed from an unjust term of incarceration.

In closing, I just want to say peace to Kanye West and all of the people who advocate for justice with action and not just words. If you’re a person of substance and believe that justice should be afforded to all, nothing should matter but justice.

Postscript: The photo attached to this post is a picture of my brother James (center). He is an Army Veteran in need of a kidney transplant. I don’t know if I’m a match to donate a kidney, but I’m willing to donate my brother a kidney if anyone is willing to help me arrange for this to happen. If anyone is interested in this matter, please contact me via JPay as soon as possible.

Just Do It Like Kaepernick: Free Jason Goudlock

Two years since first being interviewed for the forthcoming film documentary Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story, I’m pleased to announce that the feature-length film about my ongoing situation of injustice will be debuting at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival on September 26,2018! (Website:!

Order tickets here:
Wednesday, September 26 @ 8:20pm
Thursday, September 27 @ 2:30pm

Thanks to the release of the film, the entire world is about to see how Ohio’s corrupt criminal justice system operates when it thinks nobody is watching. Elected officials, correction supervisors, and parole board members are all exposed for the deceitful frauds they are. In addition to this, the ridiculous enactment of Ohio’s 1996 new-law sentencing guidelines is highlighted in the film, which causes a sentencing disparity that adversely affects Ohio’s small minority class of “old-law” prisoners who committed their crimes before July 1,1996, such as myself. And the film shows how it hurts “new law” prisoners too.

I hope the release of Invisible Chess will lead to me being freed from my horrific over-incarceration. Being that criminal justice reform is currently a hot-topic kept in the media spotlight by the likes of ex-NFL athlete/activist Colin Kaepernick, NBA superstar LeBron James, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and reality star Kim Kardashian, I feel the release of the documentary couldn’t have come at a better time. In fact, I hope all of the aforementioned activists will see and support Invisible Chess.

The only way the U.S. criminal justice system is ever going to be fixed is if people demand it. Think about this: Right now as I’m writing this blog post, somewhere in the world the U.S. is engaged in military combat in the name of “justice.” But how can the U.S. expect the rest of the world to view it as a just country, when it refuses time-after-time to afford justice to its own citizens? Right now, today, in the U.S. Constitution, it says people can be “enslaved” as the punishment for a crime! And in the third verse of the U.S. National Anthem, racist lyrics remain for anybody who wants to read them. (I wish someone would ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about this seldom reported fact.) And I say all of this to say, that, if “bullshit justice” is allowed to exist in place of bona fide justice, the U.S. is always going to be fractured.

For starters, Ohio, the heartland state of the U.S. — has a chance, right now, to do the right thing and further the interests of justice by fixing its broken criminal justice system. And it isn’t hard to do, either. Like the famous Nike slogan says, all they have to do is “just do it.”

In addition to the announcement of the premier of Invisible Chess, I’m also pleased to announce to the world, that, after nearly 25 years of being incarcerated, I have met the most amazing and beautiful woman in the world: Jerniece McDade! Hopefully, you, and the state of Ohio, will help accelerate our getting more acquainted with one another in society. It would be greatly, greatly appreciated!

Postscript: Please support my campaign to be freed and share Invisible Chess with your social media platforms, as well as by making monetary contributions to my legal defense fund.

Invisible Chess World Premier – Press Release



Invisible Chess: The Jason Goudlock Story, a documentary by director Samuel Crow, will be premiering at the Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival on September 26th and 27th.

Invisible Chess, a feature-length documentary, tells how an unjust Ohio law shapes the lives of Jason Goudlock, 4,000 other “old-law” prisoners, and 45,000 “new-law” prisoners. The story begins with Goudlock’s disrupted life in Cleveland, which led him to prison at the age of eighteen. Taken under the wing of older death row convicts, Jason became an activist and writer. But the struggles of being an old-law con have led him to spend years in solitary confinement, often voluntarily. Current and former prisoners and officials help explore the ramifications of Goudlock’s story, which is punctuated by six of his raps, performed in the film.

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival, which celebrates the African cultural diaspora, will be showing Invisible Chess at 8:20 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26th and at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, the 27th at the Shaker Square Cinema. Crow will be present at both screenings to answer questions, and interviews can be arranged by contacting

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After a Long, Long Hiatus

July 2, 2018
Time: 9:52am
Location: Toledo Corr. Institution

After a long, long hiatus, the What’s Going On Blog is back!

For the past year, I have been dealing with extreme depression, and I just didn’t feel that anything significant was going on in my life that was worth writing about so, I shut the blog down for a while. Today, however, my spirits are in much better shape as the feature-length documentary, INVISIBLE CHESS, about my situation of injustice nears completion.

Invisible Chess Documentary Trailer

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Finally, I’m on the verge of having my situation of injustice exposed to the world! People are about to get an intimate view of how Ohio’s corrupt and racist criminal justice system treats prisoners. The film shows in detail how I’ve been framed and assaulted by corrupt prison employees, as well as conspired against by crooked Parole Board officials. The audience is about to see why athletes all across the U.S. have been protesting and speaking out against the racist and massive incarcerating of poor people of color.

In other news, my overall situation has improved thanks to the humanitarian efforts of Tahiyrah Sparks of the Free Ohio Movement ( Recently, she launched a T-shirt fundraiser to contribute to my freedom campaign. (See this website or Facebook/FreeJasonGoudlock for details), and she’s also heavily promoting my agenda on various social media platforms, as well as her weekly radio show, Sign O’The Times, on to Friday,6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.).

On a lighter note, the only bad thing in my life right now, besides still being in prison, is the breaking news that LeBron just parted ways with my CAVS and signed with the L.A Lakers. Damn. … I
guess I won’t be witnessing him win nothing for The Land. But, I’m still hoping one day, I can become involved with his charity organization in some form or fashion.

Before I conclude this post, I want to use my platform to give a shoutout to Ice Cube and his BIG3 professional basketball league! I don’t know if this is allowed by the BIG3, or not, but when I’m
released–I want to tryout for the league! One of my homeboys, who was my cellmate back in the day, Ray “The Rain man” Austin. After he got of prison, he fought boxer Wladimir Klitschko for the
heavyweight title (Klitschko won)! So, like Kevin Garnett yelled at the top of his lungs when he won an NBA championship for the Boston Celtics, “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!”

Signing off, live from incarceration nation,
JG of The Struggle

Ready to Leave the U.S.

After being physically assaulted on numerous occassions by crooked correctional officers over the course of my nearly 24 years of being imprisoned, and being repeatedly framed by racist prison administrations, I’ve come to the conclusion that the United States of America is not a country that I can live in as a Black man. With this being said, whenever I’m finally freed from Ohio’s modern-day slave trade (i.e. Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation), as soon as I’m legally able to do so, I’m leaving the U.S. for good. I don’t even know what country I want to move to at this particular time. What I do know is that I’m definitely relocating out of the U.S. I can no longer live in this racist country that refuses to move away from racism, and I don’t want to live anywhere that refuses to treat non-White citizens as equals to that of Whites.

The racism that is ingrained in the U.S. is sickening. I mean, take for instance all of the backlash that has been heaped upon former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for his refusal to stand during the national anthem in protest of the mistreatment of Blacks by the U.S. criminal justice system. There shouldn’t be one iota of backlash against his stance, and here’s why:

The national anthem is composed of four (4) verses, but the first (1) verse is the only verse that’s recited at the beginning of sporting events. The third (3) verse, however, is composed of lyrics that are outright racist and offensive (e.g. “No refuge could save the hireling and slave…”). So, if the national anthem consists of lyrics that are unquestionably pro-slavery in nature, how can anyone claim to be offended because various Black athletes, such as the NFL’s Michael Bennett, refuse to stand during the singing of the anthem? There’s nothing offensive about a Black person not wanting to praise a racist national anthem. In my opinion, the only reason that people claim to be offended by the anthem protests is because they don’t want to acknowledge the fact that the U.S. — past and present — is a country that reeks of racism and is a country that is only “the land of the free” for some.

I don’t know if the U.S. will ever transcend its racist past and present? Until recently, I was optimistic that it could. Today, however, I am doubtful, and I no longer want to live in a country that is dead set on trying to camouflage its racist identity through the guise of “patriotism” and “law and order.” I refuse to conform to being a desensitized and ruthless patriotic robot-like citizen that needs to be told how to think by the string-pulling U.S. status quo. For this reason, I’m leaving this country — that is, as soon as I can free myself from the strangle-like hold of Ohio’s racist and corrupt criminal justice system.