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Zaron Burnett III

Zaron Burnett is an investigative journalist and longform features writer based in Los Angeles. He covers culture, politics, race, and other perplexing mysteries for MEL.

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My Pain Isn’t Just ‘Black’ — It’s American, Just Like Yours

If our fellow Americans saw us as Americans — as equals, and not as Black people first — they wouldn’t need to ask what we want. To quote James Baldwin: You know exactly what I want.

The Most Dangerous Place in America for Black People Is the Imagination of Our Neighbors

We protest because we are not safe. White America turns us into a threatening presence inside their heads — and we die because of what they imagine

Nu Metal Tried to Warn Us About Male Rage, But Instead We Laughed at Their Masks

A reappraisal of the genre is no joke; it’s actually a worthwhile study of male anxiety, fear and other difficult-to-express emotions from the early aughts