Street Sweeper


On a beautiful fall morning in September I was walking towards the stadium complex on Pattison Ave. It is section of the avenue where you will find companies like M. Levin Produce Co, Philabundance, the Maramount Corporation, Samuels and Son’s and Wrigley Nut Wholesaler. As I passed the Wrigley Nut Company, I noticed a man sweeping in front where cars are lined up in the afternoon especially the days before a holiday.  We acknowledged each other as black men usually do even though we didn’t know each other personally. It’s a nod of shared experience that as black men in-spite of your status or perceived status we are viewed as suspect in America and are one stop away from being killed by a police officer even when complying with that officer’s request to show him or her our license.

I walked about 15 minutes to Broad and Pattison which is…

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