I recently had this story told to me so I claim no ownership of it.
Back in the 60’s when the Army still had problems with racial issues a group of soldiers were preparing to leave Fort Dix on pass for the weekend.
That’s right, on pass. I know most bases no longer use the pass system for leaving post but back when this story took place passes were still in use.
The MP at the gate was a hick southerner who felt it was his duty to harass any black soldier that passed through his gate. He let the white soldiers through but he kept giving the black soldier trouble.
Now, this black soldier was not an ignorant person. He was born in the south but he lived a good portion of his life in the north. Because of this he knew how to deal with ignorant racist folks.
After five minutes of this MP giving him a hard time about his pass he moved in real close. He did not touch him because that would be wrong. He did not threaten him with gestures either.
He simply got in real close to his face and said the following:
“I’ve got a mother in heaven, a father in hell and a girl in Harlem. I aim to see one of them tonight.”
He saw his girl that night.