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Being brought up in the tradition
of cutting your nose to spite your face
the good gods of this realm
made sure that I surrounded myself
and lived with others of the same creed
so that the neighborhood in which we resided
would be packed with infectious dirt
and chipped bricks
where each in this way
would punish the other
for the punishment the other had given
by letting the City crumble into a nigger slum
because each one felt
the other was a bum
deserving to live
in a Nigger's slum.

Irwin R. Shaw - July 4th 1987