You do give, you do give.”
“I get that,” he says. “I get that.”
On the ground floor of City Hall, the police have set up what should be a very simple scene – a table, and a small number of men, with one big black van. Over the wall it reads, “Do not touch,” as if a warning to be extra careful of how they behave.
As they wait, the officers, all white, go about their work.
Keller is looking around the room. “Why has nobody brought up the issue?”
On the side of the van are a dozen or so empty beer cans, and on the table a piece of paper, in English, which reads, “We are all black and have lived here, for more than 150 years, and never in our hearts gave up this land.”
The officer standing behind the van nods and smiles at the table. He says, “Do you want some?”
“Nope,” says Keller. “The best is to bring yourself, and your heart, to this place.”
“I’m going to get a couple beers,” he tells the officer. “I’m coming to say hello to the mayor, to everybody and to listen to what he has to say. And I am here to work with the mayor.”
Later, in a cafe, the mayor is making his way down the stairs, carrying a lunch that has come prepared for this evening and a box of candy. He opens the door and makes an announcement. “If you want a drink, you can get a few.” “No, come in,” shouts a girl who has heard a rumor that, later, will be proven to be untrue: A man carrying a gun, and shouting to people to get inside, has gone into a bar on his way out of town. The bar has emptied. The mayor goes in and finds the man carrying the gun slumped over his table, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“I’m very shaken up,” he says, his voice shaky with emotion. “It was a terrible thing that happened. But what can I do? All the information I got was inaccurate. This was not a robbery. When I opened that door, that was the person, the person was killed, I was not involved with the shooting at all.”
A woman from the bar tells him about the girl who came in with the dead man’s body,
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