(African American – Cockney equivalent)
ESI: Born, April 19, 1993 n DC 6 lbs. Mother went to jail for drug addiction. 1995. 1996, mother got out of jail. 1999, 7. Me and my sister got raped by my uncle. I am 10 years old and trying to make things work. 11, I move with my father. It’s not working out. 12, I move with my granma: she give me a turtle. All is well, all is well. I growed up. Got a bad charge, go to detention. 16. I’m in Hillside while my mother is dyin’a’AIDS. I am doin’ well. I don’t know how to be sad, but I can be mad. Sittin’ here in confinemint cuz I know how to git mad. I CAN STAY IN HERE ALL DAY Y’ALL. HEAR ME? ALL DAY! (pause) All day – les’see, whut’am’I gonna do? Les’, see – practice ma speech. (pause) Vote for Esi for class prez’dent cuz I’m most popular. Dat ain’ gonna work. I know, I’m’a be like, I’m’a be like, I wrote dis speech here y’all but sumthin’ come over me jus now and I’m’a throw away dis speech and speak from my heart…..
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- Written by: Dominique Cieri