Steven J. Wilent is a freelance writer who lives in Rhododendron, Oregon, near Mt. Hood. When he isn’t writing, he’s probably cooking or chopping firewood. (Please don’t confuse me with the Steve Wilent who lives in the Portland Metro area and is an actor/writer/director.)
Big John and John Two are “twins,” identical but for the color of their skin. The bonds of their friendship are tested by “the depth of the hatred some whites feel for blacks — of hatred and guilt held in dark fathoms, a murky, engulfing pain and misery and the bitterness and fear it breeds in equal measures.” A confrontation with a violent racist ultimately leads to death.