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Thinking About the Sixties: 1968March 8, 1988In these times what black folk need most is a lot of patience and a sense of irony.

Automatically, I call a member of my “age set” — one of the few left close by­ — and the result is predictable and satisfy­ing.

Members of an age set have at different times — as they mature — clearly graduated responsibil­ities toward their community.

Thus, after ancestral lineage, one’s next level of identity and loyalty resides in the age set.

They had style, their black leather jackets — a variation of youth gang colors — black berets, and fire-arms either visible or implied.

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