In third grade my school held a contest to create a short slogan that “countered all forms of harassment in our schools.” My entry: Everyone is unique in their own special way. If you think I ripped it off; this was more than a decade before the South Park song, and I never watched Barney because it was my younger sister’s favorite show and therefore my least favorite show.
My seating partner, Kimberly Smith, plagiarized me: Everyone is unique in their own special way IN THE WORLD. That cheap addendum was justification enough for me to harass her about her buckteeth—probably because they weren’t so unique, as I was a bit of a Bucktooth Bunny myself at that age.
At recess my best friend Black Steve and I joked about everyone actually being uniquely gay in their own way—our political incorrectness…
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