Tuesday, June 5, 2007

His real name

OK. You should have the picture by now. My friend, Bobby Lee, is black. I'm white. Bobby is one of the founders of the Black Panthers in Chicago. When I got old enough, I joined the Gray Panthers in Austin.

Bobby has a great sense of humor and can diffuse any tense situation with his laughter. He tells this story on himself.

When he was still a teen, Bobby was stopped by a Houston cop for speeding. At the time, Bobby had some stuff in his vehicle that he shouldn't have. Smoking it, too.

"Let me see your license, boy," the policeman said.

"Yessir," Bobby said as he obliged.

"Why, boy, that's a perfectly good southern name. I'm going to let you off with a warning. Have a nice night," and the officer drove away.

The name on Bobby's drivers license:

Robert E. Lee Jr., III

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