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2002-06-27

Bessie Smith
B. Uncertain Chattanooga / D. 9.27.37 Clarksdale, Mississippi
Blood Loss

Credit cards in the black community!
You name it.
Credit cards in the black community!
You blame it for all manner of crimes and social afflictions.
Matching purse belt and shoes, all by Coach—twenty years old on the train to Canarsie!
But what are we really looking at here?
Boot heels on the neck of the black community—an infinite series of boot heels laid across its windpipe like a rail in time!
What’s wrong with new things and finery? What’s wrong with fun? What’s wrong with rolling the windows down on a fast car and cruising with bass lines full-blast?
Flashing platinum—Satan!
You only live once, after all.

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