This is the way in which white masters spoke to their negro servants, addressing them as 'boy'. It is also the
superior tone of the masters' speech. The poem succeeds as satire or protest. The negro's life is not very inspiring-
buy shoes, pay rent, a nickel, a dime. The last line is an insult to a negro.
A time in history before smoking laws, before the civil rights movement. Chewing tobacco shared social acceptability with cigarettes. Black people were kept subjugated struggling to make ends meet. Working in society's lowest paid jobs, living below the poverty line, treated with contempt. Self medicating with alcohol to cope. Raised to thank the Lord for his good graces. White men thought they were gods. This piece says it all without saying any of it. Beautifully crafted.