"Bankers, Writers and Runners" by John W. Harshaw, Sr.
Before there were state lotteries with their pick threes, fours and super jackpots, there was, across the United States, the Numbers Game. Easy to play and costing as little as pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, it afforded an opportunity for the little guy to increase his or her fortunes by placing a bet on three numbers and gave the Bankers, Writers and Runners incomes beyond those of many corporate executives without having to attend college or high school. Supported by low income people, primarily Black, the top men and women reflected the people that supported the game; they were Black.
Posted May 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM