restricted access Unwritten Rules for Young Black Boys Wanting to Live in Mississippi Long Enough to Become Men
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23 U nwr itten Ru le s fo r Y o u n g Blac k B oys Wanti n g to Live i n M i ssi ssi ppi Lo n g E n ough to Be co m e M en Rule number one. White is always right. Number two. Never look a white man in the eye. Three. Always answer yes Sir or no Ma’am when spoken to by whites. Four. Always look for, use or request the colored section. Five. Never speak to, smile at or stare in the direction of a white woman. Six. Pretend your name really is boy, son, or worse. Seven. Ignore all white sexual aggression towards your sisters, mothers, or aunts. Eight. Always suppress your anger, cynicism, and rage or mask it with a wide grin, pretend stupidity, and silence. Nine. If a white man says it looks like rain, wish out loud for an umbrella no matter how dry it is. Ten. If you forget any of these rules, fall back on rule number one. This page intentionally left blank ...


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  • Evers, Medgar Wiley, 1925-1963 -- Poetry.
  • United States -- Race relations -- Poetry.
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