Having a white cop beat me while he offers me squares
Hes getting beat by a police officer (whom he notes is white, providing a racial context), while the same dude offers him a cigarette (“square”). The offering of a cigarette is a stereo-typically common act in interrogation, a situation Chance may be finding himself if the Police picked him up for smoking dope.
This line notes the strategy of interrogators, and, perhaps, the famed “good cop, bad cop” routine. The officer of law is offering Chance the opportunity to smoke to appear friendly and get him to open up, despite his ulterior motive of locking him away.
Offs: 19 (24 including questionables “often”, “awful”, “officer”, “office”, “offers”)
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