1001 Black Men–#458

This big guy could’ve been the bouncer at Ricky’s Sports Theater, except that he wasn’t. The bouncer was an even bigger guy who was wearing a hoodie. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a bouncer who takes his job as seriously as the Ricky’s bouncer. He didn’t smile at all, and he looked at me and my buddy as if we were already guilty of something. This guy was waiting in the bathroom line with me, and he was kind enough to let me go first. There is a benefit to being prematurely gray and a woman. Folks sometimes interact with you in that respect-your-elders sort of way.

Ajuan Mance


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