Conversation between myself and an older black man who works at the Cook County Circuit Courthouse:
Dwight: Miss, you talk with your eyes, you know that?
Me: I’ve heard that before.
Dwight: Yeah, you really do. What’s your name?
Dwight: Who named you that name?
Me: My parents.
Dwight: God bless them. It fits you, you know. It really fits. Where’d you grow up?
Me: Downers Grove.
Dwight: They gotta lot of black folks out in Downers Grove?
Me: Not as many as they should have.
Dwight: I could tell that. I could tell by the way you looked at me. I said to myself, this girl hasn’t seen many black folks in her life.
Dwight: Honey, what you do for a living?
Me: I’m a reporter for an online newspaper.
Dwight: Oh that’s real good. You like doing that?
Me: I do like it. I like writing my own stuff too and I’ve been trying to do more of that.
Dwight: The newspaper’s always printing negative stuff about us. Good things happen, but it seems like the newspaper only writes the negative about us, you know what I’m saying?
Me: I know.
Dwight: You think you can write up somethin’ positive for us?
Me: I’m sure gonna try.
Dwight: Thank you Chloe.