written by Kevin Jarre, based on the letters of Robert Gould Shaw, and books by Lincoln Kirstein and Peter Burchard

Trip: Oh, I see, white man give you some stripes, you start hollerin' and orderin' everybody around! Nigger, you ain't nothin' but the white man's dog!
(Rawlins slaps Trip hard in the face.)
Rawlins: And who are YOU? So full of hate that you have to fight everybody, because you've been whipped and chased by hounds. Well that might not be living, but it sure as hell ain't dying. And dying's been what these white boys have been doing for going on three years now, dying by the thousands, dying for you, fool. And all this time I keep askin' myself, when, O Lord, when gonna be our time? Gonna come a time when we all gonna hafta ante up and kick in like men! LIKE MEN! You watch who you callin' nigger! If there's any niggers around here, it's YOU, just some stupid-ass, swamp-runnin' nigger -- and if you not careful, that's all you ever gonna be!

Kudos and much thanks go to Jonah for this monologue, it is very much appreciated.

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