Tho’ I’ve belted you and flayed you, By the livin’ Gawd that made you, You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

by Norman Horowitz

Ed Lawson was a better man than most.

The request by the authorities who “want to see your papers please” was an expression that I often heard in World War II movies. Today the request is made at airports and entries into different countries, and it appears to be the intention of several states to require you to show your papers to whomever they designate. It seems that we’re moving away from the direction of increasing everyone’s civil rights.

My friend for almost thirty years, Ed Lawson died a few days ago. He was 65 years old.

I’m very bummed at this moment. I’m bummed because he was involved in the struggle of a black man trying to exist as an equal in our racist society. I’m sorry that he’s no longer walking among us, and I use the word “walking” for a reason.   Continue reading “Tho’ I’ve belted you and flayed you, By the livin’ Gawd that made you, You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!”