Thank you, good folks, for your insightful comments as we continue race talk in collaboration with the special that will be airing on PBS. It’s airing tonight, folks. My apologies for not telling you in advance. I just didn’t know how to break it to you that it was airing on the same night as the second presidential debate. Damn! But you know what? I’m gonna have to record them both ’cause I’ve got a little work to do tonight. What I’ll do is record and we can talk about it later on this week. I know you folk think you’re all smart and whatnot and I’ll go ahead and give you that. I feel like I’m in real good company. Thank you for letting me in your little circle and all.
Well, today, I wrote a few shorts that kinda reflects what happens in this world we live in, inside America. I think we’re all like a stitch in this country that holds it together or cause it to unravel. And then there are those stitches that are barely holding on and trying to keep the fabric of what’s been created together. Anyhow, I wanted to share a coupla stories and maybe the thing you could assess is why/what do we think when we hear such stories in real life. Do our contrasting histories, inevitably, make us think as we do? Or don’t mind me at all. I’m not hear to tell you how to think. I’m just making it my damn self.
Snippet No. 1:
“You recognize any of’em?”
Lana couldn’t focus on the line-up of faces. Too distracted by the lieutenant’s eyes boring into her flesh that felt close to somebody ramming himself between her thighs again. She never caught sight of a face with her eyes toward the ground. All she heard was grunting and the sound of her tears dropping on the cold pavement. It had to be one of the black men though.
Snippet No. 2:
Melody was known for doing things differently in her family. Today’s different was bringing home her boyfriend who spoke broken English and worked like the devil doing all kinds of odd jobs. The evidence showed with cuts and bruises on his hands that knew her body well. As soon as the door swung open, she felt her mother’s eyes piercing Jose’s seed in her womb.
Check out the PBS video here and your local listing for airtime, folks. Also, to learn more about the Race 2012 project, visit Monica’s Tangled Web, where you can read other participating writers. Thank you again for your thoughtful assessment on race in America as we move closer toward this very important election.