Francis W. Porretto
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[What you’re about to read will horrify you. I want it to horrify you. It horrifies me. I wrote it because I feel it’s important to point out where we’re headed—the terminus we’ll reach should certain present trends continue.
The Afterword is not fiction. It’s as least as horrifying as the story. I mean it sincerely. Please read it.]
The day had worn him down. His prior case, the fifty-seventh since he’d reached his desk that morning, had just been dragged weeping from the office, but he could not rest. He was behind his quota. The ships were already behind their sailing schedules. He had to plow onward.
He pressed the button on his phone console that signaled to the pen outside that he was ready for his next case. The green indicator light over his office door went dark and the yellow one lit. Barely a minute had passed when the door opened and two husky guards brought him number fifty-eight. As they closed the door behind them, the yellow light above it was extinguished and the red one lit.
This one was female. She looked aged beyond her natural count of years, though the stress of the upheavals could do that to anyone.
The guards sat her none too gently in the restraint chair, secured her shackles to the chair’s hard points, and laid her paperwork on his desk before stepping back to line his office doorway. He reviewed the short description of her status and noted the contents of the check box. He’d seen it checked fifty-three times that day. This made fifty-four.
She’ll have two options. No others.
He steeled himself and faced her squarely. She seemed unable to meet his gaze.
“Have you been informed about what happens here…” He glanced at her form again. Her given name was one of the trendy sort that he found too challenging to pronounce. “…Miss Jones?”
She shook her head, but remained mute.
“I’m your routing officer. You and I have the responsibility for determining the next stage of your life. I’m constrained by the law, but you will have a choice, though your choices are rather limited. The person who limited them was you.”
He picked up the form and waved it at her. “Do you know what this paper says about you?”
She sniffed and shook her head.
“Were you given a chance to read it?”
“Can’t read,” she said.
“Then I’ll read it to you. ‘Miss Jones is 34 years old and a single mother of two sons. Son Tyrell was killed at age 18 during a police raid of a crack den. Son James was serving a life sentence for a gang-related murder when the Sterilization Orders came down. He was 16 at the time of his execution. Miss Jones has never been self-supporting. She tests positive for cocaine, syphilis, and hepatitis B.’”
He looked directly into her eyes. “Do you deny any of that?”
She would not answer.
“Miss Jones, if I go by what’s on this paper, your future will not be a happy one. And I have to go by it unless you can convince me that what it says is not true.”
“Can’t,” she said at last. “It’s right. Never got married. Got by on the welfare. My boys was bad asses. Baddest in the hood.” Her eyes rose to meet his at long last. They flashed in challenge. “Ain’t gonna cry over it. Any of it.”
She thinks she’s hard. Maybe she is. She should hope so.
“Miss Jones, if all this is true, then under the Separation Edicts, there are only two places you can go when you leave this room.” He rose and pointed toward his eastward window. Her gaze followed his gesture and lit on the giant ship that stood waiting in the harbor.
“That,” he said, “is an exile ship. It’s one of your choices. If you choose it, it will take you to another continent, a place where you’ll be set free to live out your life as best you can. There are no whites there, no courts or prisons, and no welfare, either. And very little that you’d recognize from your life here in America.”
She looked out at the giant vessel, plainly uncomprehending. Before the upheaval it had been a cargo carrier. On every trip it had ferried two hundred thousand tons of cargo in steel containers, each one filled with some item the residents of other lands valued, across the breadth of the Atlantic Ocean. Its holds had been refitted as row upon row of barred cells. Its next journey would convey ten thousand exiles to their new homeland. They would next see sunlight, if they saw it at all, when they debarked on the west coast of Africa, in the land that had once been called Liberia.
Most of those exiles had been personally guilty of nothing. They’d merely abetted a race war. Some had promoted hatred of whites. Others, by their promiscuity and negligent parenting, had produced generation upon generation of parasites and violent predators. Still others had done nothing but subsist on the handouts of a too-generous society, indolently declining to add to its riches.
Twenty-three of them had declined to board the ship.
Far too many of them.
“Are you willing to board that ship, Miss Jones?”
She glowered at him sullenly. “Ain’t gettin’ on no ship.”
“I see. Well, you do have another choice, but I can’t recommend it.” He nodded toward the door to the right of his desk. “It goes through that door.” He started to describe what took place on the other side of the door, stopped himself.
It might be better if she didn’t know.
“Would you like me to tell you about that second choice, Miss Jones?”
She sneered and looked away. “Ain’t gettin’ on no ship.”
“I need an answer, Miss Jones. Will you board, yes or no?”
She shook her head.
I suppose that’s good enough.
He nodded to the guards. They released her shackles from the restraint chair and stepped back.
“Then whenever you’re ready, just step through that door and close it behind you. You’ll be given instructions about what to do next.”
She gave him one more contemptuous sneer and shuffled to the second door. The three men watched in silence as she stepped through it. As she closed it behind her, the green phase indicator above it went dark and the yellow one lit. A moment later the yellow gave way to red. The red light glowed for perhaps a minute before going out.
“Sir?” one of the guards said. “Why didn’t you tell her?”
He grimaced. “I thought it might be kinder this way.”
The guard frowned. “Maybe.” He glanced out at the exile ship. “It sure as hell ain’t gonna be kind for them.” They stepped out the door through which they had entered.
He lowered his face into his hands.
I volunteered. I understood the necessity. I still do. But it’s harder than anything I’ve ever done.
Colonel John MacKenzie had led troops into battle. His battalion had been the first into Monrovia, and had led its pacification. He’d killed men who’d been trying their best to kill him. He’d weathered it all and had come home to a wife who loved him unreservedly despite it all…who refused to let him doubt himself.
The men I killed were armed. They went to war knowing the risks. Miss Jones wasn’t armed with anything worse than her attitude.
He felt his tears rising again and sternly shoved them down.
Those are for the men I led who died in honorable combat. Not for the Miss Joneses of the world. They brought this upon themselves even if they were too dull to know it.
He pressed the button that would bring him number fifty-nine.
MacKenzie reached his billet barely able to draw a breath. Estelle awaited him at the front door, as always. His condition was plain to her. She wrapped her arms around him and pressed him to her before he could step over the lintel.
“I love you,” he muttered against her shoulder. Despite his efforts, a single deep sob escaped him.
She stroked his hair and said nothing.
Presently he said. “Mark Thorsten killed himself.”
“I know,” she said. “I spent most of the day with Pam.” A pause. “She wasn’t surprised. She said…she said she saw it coming. John, will she be all right?”
He looked at her in puzzlement. “Was she all right when you left her?”
She frowned. “You know what I mean.”
He grimaced. “I don’t know, Eppie. I hope so. If I hear anything to the contrary, I’ll…I don’t know. This is a first.”
She nodded. “For all of us. How many today?”
“A hundred twenty-six.”
“How many…” Her voice caught briefly. “…for the other door?”
“Forty-seven.” He shuddered. “I stopped telling them, Eppie. After the first twenty-three I just…stopped. I figured it would be kinder that way.”
Her expression was as understanding and accepting as always. She nodded.
“Would you like to, to get out for the evening?” he said. “We could go to—”
She shook her head. “I’d rather stay home with you. Just in case Pam…you know.”
“Yes,” he said. “I know.”
He took her hand, marveling afresh at the contrast between the lightness of her palm and the smooth jet of the opposite side. He brought that palm to his lips and kissed it tenderly.
What a marvel. She knows what’s happening, and accepts it. She knows what I’ve been assigned to do, and accepts it. She doesn’t know why I and the others were chosen for this duty, yet she accepts it. She does know that except for having married me, she would be in that pen, awaiting her own disposition…and accepts it.
“You’re my lifeline,” he said. “My tether to sanity in an insane time. Without you, I might do what Mark did.”
She smiled sadly. “I know. It’s why you were chosen.”
He peered at her. “Huh?”
“Hadn’t you thought about it?” she said. “The Army has plenty of colonels. Some of them would enjoy doing what you do.” She stroked the sides of his face. “I’m the guarantee that you won’t…because you can’t.”
“You do know,” he said wonderingly.
“I always did, John. General Lapierre told me. Let’s have some dinner.”
She took his hand and led him to their kitchen.
Before I burden you with more prose, please ponder the significance of the following graphic:
That should frighten you. If it doesn’t, nothing else I say will have any measurable impact, so you might as well stop reading right now. Those who elect to continue on should consider the implications.
At the time of this writing, the Negro population of the United States comes to about 12% of the total. The Asian fraction is quite small, about 3%. That means that Caucasians outnumber Negroes by roughly seven to one.
Who would win a race war? Given the arithmetic above, the disparities in wealth and armament, and the increasing frustration of white Americans with black criminality, black demands for largesse, black racism and the persons who publicly foment it, would American Negroes be wise to touch off a race war?
But would that stop them? It hasn’t even slowed the “Black Lives Matter” promoters.
Are there enough cooler heads among American Negroes to halt the tide before it crashes upon us? Are such persons readying themselves to step forward and chastise the promoters of interracial violence?
I must hope so. I do hope so. But I don’t think peaceable Americans have much time or patience left. Matters are already looking mighty shaky.
Should a real, general race war break out, there’s only one way it could end. The scenario in the story above is about the gentlest way I can imagine the surviving allegiants of the losing side would be treated.
If you’re black and are rationally afraid of such an outcome, please, please lend your voice to averting it. If you’re not black, ponder the probable consequences of pandering to the racialist mouthpieces and the thugs in the vanguard of the trend. The New Black Panthers. The followers of Louis Farrakhan. The perpetrators of the “knockout game.” Those who listen to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and other racialists, nod, and say that “Whitey has it coming.”
There are seven whites for every black. The whites are far wealthier, far better armed, and near to the end of their rope.
If you can do nothing else, pray. Please.
Francis W. Porretto
Mount Sinai, New York
About The Author
Francis W. Porretto is an engineer, fictioneer, and commentator. He operates the Website (http://bastionofliberty.blogspot.com), a hotbed of pro-freedom, pro-American, pro-Christian sentiment, where he and his Esteemed Co-Conspirators hold forth on every topic under the Sun. You can email him at [email protected] Thank you for taking an interest in his fiction.