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Boondock Kollage

Stories from the Hip Hop South

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Regina N. Bradley

Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South is a collection of twelve short stories that addresses issues of race, place, and identity in the post–Civil Rights American South. Using historical, spectral, and hip hop infused fiction, Boondock Kollage critically engages readers to question the intersections of regionalism and black culture in current American society.

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Chapter 7: Splish-Splash

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SPLISH-SPLASH

Jefferson Street pool was a small and tired looking white basin with a red brick building out front. An ordinary gray chain-linked fence surrounded the whole property. It had two slamming screen doors with rickety handles. Two bathrooms and a scratched green pool table with one stick, two cue balls, and a missing eight ball sat in the middle of the building. Jefferson Street pool sat on the edge of the Flint River. Unlike the meticulous upkeep of Radium Springs, the white folks’ pool that was housed in the back of the old Radium Springs plantation house with azalea gardens and kudzu covered gazebos, Jefferson Street pool had a cracked basin. It was hairline thin but big enough that it lost most of its water by the end of the day. The white folks thought themselves proper to swim at Radium Springs because a past president once swam there to shake the Summer off of him. White folks and their children laid their oversized beach towels across plastic sunning chairs. Pictures of Bulldogs, Confederate flags, and plain white towels offered by the pool staff sat neatly while patrons swam or kicked their feet in the unusually warm water. Smiling pool attendants in their crisp white shorts and polo shirts carefully watched for loose hanging towels and bags and propped them back up to keep the area neat. Even with kicking feet and laughter, the water didn’t splash. ← 77 | 78 → It...

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