"After You, My Dear Alphonse"
from The Lottery and Other Stories, by Shirley Jackson
An extremely short snippet about prejudice, racial stereotypes, and the innocence of children. ...Anything I can think of to write about this story is so obvious that it feels silly to bother! But since I'm already here: It's "funny" (in a cringe-inducing way) that the mother in the story probably thinks she's being very kind and sympathetic toward her son's new friend. I'm sure she'd be shocked and deeply offended if she knew that anyone thought otherwise.