ANOTHER CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

SETTING:  CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS OF ANY LARGE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.

ENTER: A TALL BLACK MAN, DRESSED IN ALL BLACK, INCLUDING A BLACK TRENCH COAT.  HE IS LEAVING, HAVING TENDED TO HIS DUTIES AT CORPORATE, AND IS HEADING TOWARD THE EXIT.  HE GIVES THE HIGH SIGN TO THE RECEPTIONIST, A LATINA.  SHE WINKS.  AS HE OPENS THE DOOR TO EXIT, A MIDDLE-AGED MID-LEVEL WHITE WOMAN MANAGER IS ENTERING.  HE HOLDS THE DOOR FOR HER.

WHITE WOMAN: Good afternoon, Mr. Ham.  (AS SHE PASSES THROUGH THE DOORWAY.)

THE BLACK MAN LOOKS AROUND, THINKING, CLEARLY THIS IS ANOTHER CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTIFICATION, THAT AGE-OLD BIBLICAL CURSE OF HAM.

BLACK MAN: Pardon me.

WHITE WOMAN: (REALIZING HER MISTAKE.)  Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you were Mr. Ham.

BLACK MAN:  No problem.  It happens, well, not all the time, but often enough that I want to meet this Mr. Ham.  You know how it’s said everyone has a twin.  If I ever need an alibi, for whatever reason, it would be good to know Mr. Ham.

THE WHITE WOMAN LOWERS HER HEAD AND PRACTICALLY RUNS AWAY.  THE BLACK MAN HEADS OUT THE DOOR.  THE RECEPTIONIST, BEHIND HER GLASS PARTITION, SMILES, WINKS AGAIN, AND GIVES THE BLACK MAN A THUMBS UP.

THE END

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About ezwaters

Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on Amazon.com.
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