Years ago, I read a story with a first person narrator that dealt with a future in which racial conflict had exploded into an all out war. At the end of the story the identity of the narrator is revealed: throughout the story he seems to be a white man, but in the end he is black.

I don't remember much more of it, save for the fact that the character is walking through some form of underground, and that the story is set in the United States. The conflict seemed to be a gang war kind of thing, with regular weaponry. I read the story in the late 1990s, early 2000s, but it was not new, it was in an anthology I found in my school library.

It's not Aldiss's "There is a Tide". It had more of a 1980s feel to it.


I suspect you're looking for "There is a Tide" by Brian Aldiss, as per Searching for an old SF short story that features a plot twist involving white genocide. As noted in that answer, it's available in the Internet Archive to read.

I seemed to know what was coming as I stood in the crowded room, knowing Jubal dead, knowing the nation of Africa to be bleeding to death. We were dying of our own wounds. The ten years to follow would be as terrible as the ten years of the Massacre, when every member of the white race had been slain.
Now we Negroes, in our turn, stood at the bar of history.

I thought I remembered this one coming up before, and I found it with a Google search for site:scifi.stackexchange.com story-identification war genocide black.

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    – FuzzyBoots
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    Unfortunately this is not the story I'm looking for. The one I'm after takes place in the US.
    – Dadrocant
    Sep 5 '19 at 19:09

This sounds like Wilson Tucker's "The Year of the Quiet Sun" to me. Does the name Brian Chaney sound familiar? Ramjets?

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    I thought of that too, but the OP is looking for a short story, and also it's not a secret in TYOTQS that the protagonist is black. Sep 29 '19 at 11:12

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