Type: Satire, Racial Prejudice
From WiP, Bob Vs The Aliens
Scene: The Aliens have just landed and Piper, reporter for the European news site, Socialism Revisited, is in Atlanta conducting a “man-on-the-street” interview with Bob, who was selected because he struck her as an average white man.
An elderly black couple turned to them. They smiled at Piper. She smiled back. “Ignore him,” the man told her. “Bob’s too white to understand what’s really happening here.”
“He’s a good boy,” the woman assured her. “Give him some time.”
Piper stared at Bob. “Mom?”
“I was a surprise.”
“Your face is Western European.” Her eyes twinkled.
“They love me anyway.”
Undaunted, Piper thumbed at the cameraman behind her, “Well, the power’s out again. But our camera still works.”
Bob ignored her. “I do understand, Dad,” he answered the old gentleman. “The presence of an Alien species defines all humans as one, right?”
Realization came over Piper’s face as if she suddenly sensed the real story here. Signaling the cameraman, she turned to the couple. “Tell me, sir, what was your first reaction when you heard the news?”
“White folk are gonna stop looking at me like I’m black.”
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