Letter from a zoo.
It was May 1991. I was a High School freshman on a field trip. At our rural school district field trips more often than not meant St. Louis, MO. This particular trip started at the St. Louis Zoo. We were told to pair off with some one and to stay together, we were in the big city after all.
I was paired with a chronologically older class mate that had about as much common sense as a house plant. We had been wandering around the zoo for about an hour and nothing eventful had happened. Then we turn a corner and meet…THEM.
5 black kids all at least 6 foot tall, all wearing matching red and black Nike gear and Air Jordans. I am 5’6″ slightly pudgy and have horrible acne. The kid I am paired up with is shorter and very skinny.
“Look at his face! He’s got AIDS! I bet he got it from his faggot friend.” says the leader. The gang starts following us loudly telling everyone we are fags and that I have AIDS. You know that “call and response” taunting they do? I try to just ignore them, I was used to this sort of thing.
I mention to my companion that this would be a really great time for us to be someplace else. He is not the least bit concerned. The taunts are getting louder and more animated. They are starting to circle around us if we ever stop moving. I walk faster and duck around a corner. That works for a little bit then they find me again.
“You can’t get away from us that easily.”
“I’m gonna cut ya”
“We are gonna make you cry, we are gonna make you bleed honky.”
I scan the horizon and there I see an armed zoo police officer. I run as fast as I can to him. As soon as I catch my breath I tell the officer that a group of 5 older black kids with matching clothes and shoes said they were going to cut me and make me bleed.
I will never forget his response.
“What did you do them?”
I said “Nothing”
“Nothing, huh?” was his response.
While I was running I had delusions that the police would actually look for these guys. That they would check with any of the dozens of witnesses that saw what happened. (Other kids from my school were there and saw the whole thing). I soon realized none of that was going to happen.
I understand that my story is very tame compared to most you get from readers. But I thought it was worth sharing that even 25 years ago a St. Louis Zoo cop’s default reaction was a black gang would never harass a white kid unless the white kid started it.
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