100 Word Story – Friday Fictioneers – Still a way to go.

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As the Train driver made his debut journey along that old train track that his great-grandfather laid down, he recalled the gift of a toy train set he’d received as a child. That had started him on this journey to become a driver.

He reflected how far his family had come. His great-grandfather had built the line as a Slave and now his great-grandson was driving the train.

Just then one of his co-workers shouted at him. “Hey, keep your eyes on what you’re doing” then dropped the N-word.

Sadly, they still had a long way to go yet.

[99 words]

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 07/December/2018

This story was written for the Friday Fictioneers Challenge. It was also inspired by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ excellent story about Hattie McDaniel.

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People are far too complicated to be able to describe in a few words so I am not even going to try.

26 thoughts on “100 Word Story – Friday Fictioneers – Still a way to go.”

    1. I remember thinking, Oh, this racism thing has gone now, but that’s because In my little world, I don’t see it. But I have a good friend who made me realise that every time someone is a bit ‘offish’ to her, she wonders is it because they are racist. It is a constant concern for her.

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  1. People of color have always known racism never went anywhere. Sometimes it can be subtle, but the sting is there under the polite facades.

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  2. Good story and so true that there is still a way to go. There are some people who seems to think that because something was “acceptable” many many years ago, then they have the right to carry on. A kind of “nobody’s going to tell me what to do” attitude. Wrong, wrong, wrong!

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