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  • illuminating the unseen faces & unheard voices of oakland:

    This is from a conversation with a young poet named Myles. We met him while he was selling poems in a parking lot.

    Myles (M): So are you guys in college or high school? High school project, or what?

    Sati (SF): She's in college.

    Saskia (SL): He's not in college.

    SF: I'm out of school.

    M: You're not in school?

    SF: I'm not in school.

    SL: He's done with school.

    M: What?!

    SL: He's old. He's a grown-up.

    M: Oh.

    SF: I'm an old man.

    M: So you can drink beer?

    SF: I can drink beer.

    M: Why do you drink beer?

    SF: Why?

    M: Yeah, why?

    SF: Well -

    M: Why did they make the law that you can drink beer at twenty-one.

    SF: 'Cause they just feel that's appropriate I guess, huh.

    M: And I guess when I'm the President I'm gonna say all beer companies, they're going out of business. You're out of luck.

    SF: So you're gonna be President?

    M: I hope.

    SF: Tell me about that.

    M: I'm just gonna take Obama's spot. (laughs)

    SL: How are you gonna do that?

    M: I have no idea.

    SL: You're just gonna figure it out?

    M: Yeah, probably. Get seven, fourteen million. I'm going right to you!

    SF: What are you - What are you most proud of?

    M: Nothing.

    SL: Nothing?

    M: Mm mm.

    SL: Not your poems?

    M: Nope!

    SL: What are you going to do when you're President, besides outlaw the beer companies?

    M: Hmm.

    SL: Like, what do you want to change?

    M: Taxes.

    SL: No taxes?

    M: No taxes.

    SF: For nobody?

    M: Nobody. Except for the ones who have nineteen or at least a million. If you have a million or at least almost a million, half a million, a quarter a million, you're paying your taxes.

    SL: Nobody else?

    M: No.

    SL: What are you going to do when you live in the White House.

    M: I'm gonna change all the pictures of the old and old and old men from the dollar bill signs to Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, the Bulls, the Celtics, that type of thing. When you want a White - White House T-shirt it's not gonna have my face on it. You're gonna be wearing Michael Jordan. (yawns) I'll see you guys later.

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