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Black Shoes

by Michael Obiora

Daniel has everything - his own property company, a luxury flat, a top-of-the-range BMW, affable best mate, intelligent, beautiful girlfriend - plus a huge chip on his shoulder. Will he find a way to control his self-destructive behaviour before his loved ones finally give up on him? This is an honest, readable morality tale of a young black professional, torn between traditional Muslim values and seductive western consumerism.

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'Fucking hell, Dan,' said George, 'how did we go from being chatted up by two girls, to talking about racism?'
I massaged my stubble, 'I'm just pissed off that I have to work ten times harder than white people.' My belief in this fact began to tip my emotional scale away from excitement, and a little further towards anger.
'What is this?' George enquired confused. 'You have worked hard, and I'm proud of you.'
The scale plummeted onto anger. 'Fuck off!' I spewed furiously. 'I don't need you to be proud! It must hurt a little bit that a white man like you hasn't done as well as me.'
George scratched his head. 'You know what, bruv? You just sound arrogant now. At school, I don't remember you having a problem with white people. We have been best friends since we were kids, for fuck's sake! This "me against the world" attitude has got to stop.'

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