Christopher Paul Wolfe, a West Pointer, served in Iraq as an Army officer.
The story: A black veteran of Iraq, confronted by the stark reality of racial oppression in America, ponders his participation in what he now sees as an unjust war.
Characters: An unnamed narrator, a black Army veteran. Akh, a bodega owner. A young man called The Dominican. A black man just out of prison. A young white woman, called “the white girl.”
Themes: Post-war struggle, racial injustice, war guilt
- What is the narrator’s frame-of-mind at the beginning of the story?
- What memories and what ideas does the just-released convict inspire the narrator to contemplate?
- Why does the story close by reminding us of “the missing white girl”? What role has she played in the story?
For further exploration, watch this video of Marine Iraq vet Maurice Decaul reading W.E.B. Dubois’ “Returning Soldiers”:
Find “Another Brother’s Conviction” here: