Not Even Past
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“I’m just saying,” Rodney says. “He’s a
hero in my book.”
“What in the living fuck is wrong with
you?” Paula says.
“Whoa now, let’s all stay calm here. No
need to get worked up.”
Ian steps forward. “Sir, I think what Ms.
Hager is trying to say is that your
comments sound awfully ignorant in light
of the events of this week. With Mr.
Mandela’s passing yesterday, and with
the anniversary of the Montgomery bus
boycotts as well.”
“I don’t need your help, Ian,” Paula says.
“But that’s what I mean,” Rodney says.
“Rosa Parks was a hero, obviously. But
that’s past, long past. And trying to make
everything about race now just makes
things worse, not better.”
“Well, you can keep your eyes closed, sir,”
Ian says. “But my eyes, they’re wide
“So you see what an ass you are, right?
I mean, sir? Why no one wants to have a
conversation with you?”
“There’s no helping people like you,” Ian
says and walks out of the teacher’s
“Man, I don’t think you’d be saying much
of anything if Ms. Overstreet was here,”
Ben Maddox says.
“Yes, it’s so very unfortunate that our own
Clair Huxtable does not descend from her
room to eat with us rabble.”
Sara Beth Crouse giggles and whispers
something to Paul Estes.
“Why don’t you just cut the redneck shit,
Rodney,” Gillian says and glances at
“Takes one to know one, darlin,” Rodney
Paula shakes her head and begins to
gather her belongings.
“Listen,” Rodney says. “I’m just saying I
wish we had someone like him in our
neighborhood, watching out for us. Maybe
one day we’ll have little drones like those
amazon robots to take care of intruders for
us. But until then, we need somebody to
stand up to all the little punks and thugs.”
“Man, do you even hear yourself?” Ben
“I don’t care what the liberal media’s
saying now. They’re just smearing him
with those domestic disputes. They don’t
care about what really happened. They
just care about being politically correct
and sucking up to Obama. Trayvon’s a
hero and a saint because Obama called
him son, but they’ve got it all backwards.
I’m telling you, we’re gonna look back and
see Zimmerman as the first of many men
who stood up for their communities and
did what was necessary. Who stood up
and did what other men were too
pussywhipped to do. You wait and see.”
“I don’t know what happened to you,
Rodney,” Paula says as she heads to the
door. “You were always an asshole. But
when did you become such a fucking
piece of shit?”
“We’re old friends,” Rodney says to the
others, and laughs. “Anyway, I know a lot
of people agree with me. They just won’t
say it. What about you, Phil? Awfully quiet
“Me?” Phil says. “Sorry, I gotta go. Already
late for hall duty.”
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