An Old, White Man

An old, white man stood

over an empty chair and

spoke down to the President

of the United States of

America, thus rendering the

black man invisible before a

cheering almost totally white

crowd.  Improv among the straight-

laced? Clint brought down the house

with a reference to an obscene, imposs-

ible act in four letters attached to

yourself, uttered silently by the

invisible man. They really roared?

Blue-haired tastelessness. An

empty chair, a metaphor is born

for a clue-less crowd. Ralph Ellison


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