This was written for this week’s One Minute Fiction Challenge at “Lovely Curses“.
This week’s theme is “Protest“.
photo taken of the Black Panther movie billboard on 2018-02-18
Jax and I chattered away as we spilled out of the movie theatre and onto the sidewalk with the rest of the moviegoers.
“I’m totally blown away! We need to see Black Panther again but in 3D the next time!”
“Yeah, I’m up for that!”
Jax opened the passenger door for me and I slid into the car. As he slid into his own seat, I found myself distracted by my Twitter feed. Noticing the scowl on my face, he turned and hesitated before starting the ignition.
I sucked my teeth and without saying a word, I handed him my cell. He thumbed through my screen and soon he was frowning too. Jax shook his head as he read some of the tweets out loud. Then he handed my cell back .
“I can’t believe that idiots are posting fake news and pictures about White people being attacked by Blacks at showings of Black Panther just to make us look bad? What the fuck is wrong with these losers? Instead of protesting against things that really matter like gun control, this is the kind of shit people are wasting their energy on?”
I felt my excitement over the movie slipping away into anger. Jax pulled the car out of the parking lot, rested his warm hand on my thigh and leaned over to kiss my forehead.
“Seeing Black people proud and excited about being positively represented for the entire world to see scares them silly. They can’t handle it. It’s way too uncomfortable for them. That‘s what it’s all about,” he replied as I stared out the window as we whizzed down the highway. “But fortunately some of us White people are “woke” you know…”
I couldn’t contain my laughter as I looked at him. “Jax, did you just say “woke”?”
He tried to hide his grin but as soon as his blue eyes met my brown ones, Jax burst out laughing too.
“What’s wrong? Do I sound too much like a White boy when I say “woke”?”
I kept laughing. “You’ll need a little more practice before saying it again. But I’m glad that you are “woke” Sweetie.”