The Ties That Blind


The Ties That Blind
Written By Mark Edgemon

Sidney’s father was a racist and you might say, so was he. It was like a religion to his family, to distrust all races but their own. It was a part of their family’s daily conversation. If any of Sidney’s brothers and sisters ever said anything favorable toward other races, their father would smack them across the mouth. So Sidney had learned racism while growing up with his family.

TJ had never thought about racism, until he was held up by a man of another race, while driving a taxi cab late one night. He had never forgotten it; therefore he hated people of other races. He did not trust any of them.

Johnny dated a girl of another race for three months around a year ago. She dumped him being influenced by her family and friends to stay true to her racial heritage. In the final moments of their relationship, she called him a racial slur, which hurt him deeply. He had loved her and she stabbed him emotionally with a word he never thought he would hear from her.

All three of these men are of different races and tonight; all three of them are re-thinking their bias against each other. They are all on the bomb disposal unit and are now, defusing a bomb in Iraq, a type of bomb that has killed over 2,000 men and women over the last few years. Hate doesn’t enter in to their emotions at the moment. They have to watch each other’s back…for tonight!

Copyright © 2008 Mark Edgemon

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