They said I was an alternate,

p
o
e
m
s

said the case was in the bag,
open and shut, they said

he was black, there was a gun,
or gun plus black equals him

A no-brainer,
they said No question

he was black They said,
do the math, dummy,

doesn’t it add up If you think
they said Think

of our children Our children
They said, oh, never mind

said the case was in the bag,
open and shut, they said

he was black, there was a gun,
or gun plus black equals him

A no-brainer,
they said No question

he was black They said,
do the math, dummy,

doesn’t it add up If you think
they said Think

of our children Our children
They said, oh, never mind

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017).

You Might Also Enjoy

Uncoupling

Mat Lebowitz

“Evan is having an affair.” This is the first of two surprises I’ve brought to my girlfriend’s college from New. . .

stories

Baffler Newsletter

New email subscribers receive a free copy of our current issue.

Further Reading

 August 14

Williamson is neither a kooky radical nor a spiritual crusader, but rather a thinly disguised conservative moralist.

Heads Up: We recently updated our privacy policy to clarify how and why we collect personal data. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand this policy.