Catch and Release

From the book "What Difference Do It Make?" (the follow-up to "Same Kind of Different as Me"): Denver spoke slowly and deliberately, keeping me pinned with that eyeball, ignoring the Starbucks groupies coming and going on the patio around us. "I heard that when white folks go fishin they do something called 'catch and release.'...That really bothers me," Denver went on. "I just can't fiure it out. 'Cause when colored folks go fishin, we really proud of what we catch, and we take it and show it off to everybody that'll look. Then we eat what we catch...In other words, we use it to sustain us. So it really bothers me that white folks would go to all that trouble to catch a fish, then when they done caught it, just throw it back in the water..." Denver looked away, searching the blue autumn sky, then locked onto me again with that drill-bit stare. "So, Mr. Ron, it occurred to me: If you is fishin for a friend you just gon' catch and release, then I ain't got no desire to be your friend...But if you is lookin for a real friend, then I'll be one. Forever."