Sleepers, Snakes, and Monsters…who is most dangerous?

Steven Barnes
4 min readDec 18, 2019

After a recent conversation, I realized I wanted to say something about the “Sleepers, Snakes and Monsters” notion, the implications and discomfort with the notion of equality, and current events. I cannot claim these thoughts are beautifully structured, but they are sincere.


I think that part of our national malaise is that we are finally, FINALLY really looking at the meaning of equality, and it is disturbing as hell to the majority of people. I’ve met vanishingly few people who don’t think that their race…

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts.