Flash Fiction (a Hundred Words or Fewer) #22: Humor as a Coping Mechanism

As she strolled by herself through the gentrifying urban center, 19.737 seconds before the incident with the white police officer would commence, an incident 6 witnesses would—to no avail—capture on their smart phones and post onto social media (a grand jury comprised entirely of white suburbanites would decline to recommend charges against the officer involved), Shandra, an African-American, would attribute that late September day’s unseasonably-high temperature (102°F) to climate change.  “That Chinese hoax,” she would say aloud, sarcastically referring to a similar comment her current least-favorite person, Donald J. Trump, the president of the United States, had made.

Copyright © 2017 by David V. Matthews


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