D Watkins
Freelance
D Watkins is a Baltimore writer whose work has been published in Vice and Salon. His debut memoir, Cook Up, will be released by Grand Central in 2015.

Written by D Watkins

A young girl walks home beside a security fence enclosing the school in Philadelphia, October 2006. Photo by Mark Stehle/AP/PA

Essay/
Education
The school of failure

The worst public schools do one thing very well – they teach poor black kids how to stay in the American underclass

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D Watkins in Baltimore. Photo by Stacey Watkins
Essay/
Biography and memoir
Stoop stories

My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home

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