9-1-1, what’s your emergency?

There’s a black kid eating a sandwich in the Chik-fil-A parking lot. I think he has a gun.

9-1-1, what’s your emergency?

There’s some young black men, early 20’s, are at Starbucks, just sitting there, not ordering anything. They said they were waiting for their friends to arrive first, but I think they’re going to rob us.

9-1-1, what’s your emergency?

There’s a Mexican kid near my house riding a bike. I don’t think it’s his bike because, you know, it’s really nice.

9-1-1, what’s your emergency?

There’s a black girl with a card table selling bottles of water at the parade. She looks about 7 or 8. I don’t think she has a permit.

9-1-1, what’s your emergency?

There’s some black dudes in the park trying to barbeque on the grills in the park that are there for people to barbeque on.

9-1-1, what’s your emergency?

There’s a bunch of black people protesting and they’re blocking traffic. I’m just trying to get to work. Those people probably don’t have jobs and they’re keeping me from mine. It’s not my fault that kid got shot. He shouldn’t have run. You think black people would know better by now.

He probably had it coming, anyway.

 

 

JANETTE SCHAFER is a freelance writer, nature photographer, part-time rock n roll singer, and full-time banker living in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a 2017 awardee of the Maenad Fellowship through Chatham University. Her writing and photographs have recently appeared in: Rigorous Journal; Unlikely Stories V; Nasty Women & Bad Hombres Anthology; Dear America, Reflections on Race; PublicSource. Her play, Mad Virginia, was selected for the 2018 Pittsburgh Original Short Play Series.