Chivalry and the hood

Yesterday Matthew and I were going to visit a friend who lives a couple of blocks away. We walked hand in-hand, I on the right side, closer to the sidewalk, and Matthew on the left side, closer to the rowhomes. We came across a couple of guys hanging out around  a stoop, who looked at us and shook their heads.

“Man, you’re all wrong,” one guy said to Matthew.

We were confused. What was wrong with what we were doing?

“I’m trying to school you,” he said. “See, you gotta let her walk closer to the homes.”

The others nodded in assent. “That way, if shit goes down, you can protect her, or she can get a head start.”

Who knew?

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