“For war weary men like Holmes, for workers involved in grinding strikes and bosses avid to make their fortunes, for so many white Americans eager to get on, move ahead, forget the past, this was an appealing bargain. All white Americans’ tensions and wounds could heal, as long as the nation understood that the lynch mob was right. New America would find its destiny only by destroying the black beast.”
Good afternoon everyone. I want to thank all of you for coming to this press conference today. After speaking to my family and friends, after thinking this over for many weeks now, I have come to realize that after 13 years of age I must submit my resignation. I no longer feel that I am capable of being a Black American anymore. It’s just not as easy as it used to be. It used to be fun getting up in the morning proving to the world that I was more than 3/5thhuman. I used to love the challenge of proving I was equal to those who thought they were superior to me. The bruises just don’t heal as fast as they use to. And my muscles are aching day in and day out.
And to tell you the truth, my family is getting tired of me complaining about it. But now it seems as though my body is telling me that it’s time to retire. And you should always listen to what your body is telling you. So I must apologize to the haters, members of the KKK, The Red Shirts, the Neo-Nazi’s, and The Skin Heads. You won’t have this Nigger to kick around anymore. I have been in my lifetime a, Negro, black, and now an African American. From now on just call me Joe.
I know, “Say it ain’t so Joe” is what you’re thinking. How could I just throw it all away, the athleticism, the sexual prowess, the dance moves? But to tell you the truth, I had to learn how to dance. Now you know. I want to thank you for giving me the ability to read and write, and to vote without the fear of being lynched. But I think that my retiring may give all of you the chance to rethink how we relate to one another. I believe my color has been standing in the way of all of that.
I just want to be a part of the human race now. The last thing I want to say is “If you see me walking down the street, and I start to cry … just walk on by.” If the press has any questions, I’m willing to take questions at this time.
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