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Briefly discuss the story "Equal Opportunity" by Walter Mosley.

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This story focuses on a man called Socrates. He is 58 years old and has spent 27 years of his life in prison as a result of two murder charges. Now a free man, Socrates wants to find a job, but there are none available to him in his deprived neighborhood of Watts. (There isn't even a supermarket.) So Socrates travels 14 miles to apply for a job in a supermarket on Venice Boulevard.

The manager's reaction to Socrates is very negative. She says that Socrates cannot have a job because he does not have a phone (to enable him to find out if his application is successful). Socrates, however, does not give up and returns to the store four days in a row to see if his application has been successful. On the fourth day, Socrates is greeted by some security officers, called...

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