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Mona Bethke

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Wandering through a black and white world…

They smiled and said, “you have an Angela Davis fro”

I smiled and said, “groovy, man.”

After school I ran home and shouted,

“Dad, who is Angela Davis?”

“A rebel,” he responded.

“Cool, I wanna be like her.”

“Really?”

“Yeah and I wanna learn more about my roots.”

“Just be assured, child, everything I teach you is to make sure no one ever calls you a nigger.”

“What do you mean, Dad?”

“You need to blend into a white world…”

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