Darryl Robertson is a former staff writer at VIBE and graduate student at Columbia University studying African American history –
America will never cure its racial sickness because no one wants to begin with what they do not understand
The Greyhound bus was quiet. The day was dreary. And I was madly uncomfortable. “What time is it?” I asked a guy sitting across the aisle.
“It’s 2 p.m.,” he said. After nearly four years, I had finally been released from Mississippi State Prison at Parchman. The Greyhound bounced over bumps, wrapped its body around slick curves, and slid past flatlands of the Mississippi Delta. I wondered how many times Oprah Winfrey and Morgan Freeman had traveled these roads before rising to stardom. When I wasn’t daydreaming, I was holding back tears and rolling over the uncertainty of my physical freedom.