Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Prompt: Boogie

Get Down

Due to a somewhat comical (if understandable) childhood misunderstanding, I spent several years terrified of black men with a good sense of rhythm.

This wasn’t due to any residual racism in the family or anything like that. Just words.

You see, I knew that the word "boogie" referred to a kind of music, and vaguely understood that it was a kind of music favored by African Americans. I also knew children were supposed to all be afraid of "the boogie man." I wasn’t sure why I was supposed to be afraid of boogie men, but what choice did I have?

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