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Initial post: Dec 9, 2010 1:03:59 PM PST
Nebbye1 says:
This is not my poem.

This is a poem written by a girl who suggested that Huckleberry Finn was not racist. She was met with shock and anger by some of her classmates.

You and I
© by K. Swenson

When I am angry with you,
I am mistreating you.
When I call you names,
I am being racist.
When I ask my opinion be heard,
I am smothering you.
When my opinion is different from yours,
I am a bigot.
When you are angry with me,
You are congratulated for fighting the white yoke.
When you call me names,
You are feeling your ancestor's pains.
When you ask your opinion be heard,
You are exercising your rights.
When your opinion is different from mine,
Yours is right.
When I ask a book be read,
I am glared at.
When I say this book is a part of our past,
It is because I am white.
When I talk about pursuing my dreams,
I am suppressing yours.
When I tell you that you hurt my feelings,
I am being racist.
When you ask a book be read,
It becomes a required reading.
When you say this book is a part of our past,
You are held high above others.
When you talk about pursuing your dreams,
You are throwing off suppression.
When you tell me that I hurt your feelings,
I am being racist.
Your idea of racist and mine,
Are entirely different in perspective.
To you, racism is only whites,
Who suppress your people.
You are free to call me names,
And to make me cry.
It doesn't matter if you do it,
Because when you do it, it is not racism.
You holler about your rights,
when you suppress mine.
You punish me for the past's mistakes,
Even though I was never involved.
You make me cry, saying it's fair,
Though I've never made you cry.
And when I protest,
I am racist.
To you, racism is one-sided,
The whites are only racist.
To you, it is alright,
To make me cry.
You are never racist,
Because of the injustice to your people.
Yet by accusing me of what I am not,
Aren't you being racist?
I have never treated you down,
I have treated you the same.
No matter the skin color,
It doesn't matter to me.
When you prick my skin,
My blood comes out red.
And when I prick your skin,
Your blood comes out red.
Yet you call me names,
And treat me down,
You laugh at my mistakes,
And call me names.
Yet to you, it is not wrong,
It is your right,
Yet what happened to my rights,
When you wanted yours?
You pull out books of racism,
Pointing out where it says that I am wrong.
You point your fingers in my face,
And say I am wrong.
You say I am a majority,
That I don't understand,
A minority's suffering,
Through my white hand.
Yet I pull the same book out,
And point out the facts.
Racism isn't just white,
It's those of every race.
Racism is biting words,
Of hate,
To those of,
Another race.
You claim I don't understand,
That I'm a majority.
That I can't understand,
Your minority.
Because I'm a majority,
And you are a minority,
You are right,
And I am racist.
Yet never once did my fathers or yours,
Say in those words,
That the minority,
Is free to hurt the majority.
I am not part of a mass,
I am my own self,
A self that you have hurt,
Time and time again.
You use statistics and words,
Twisting them to your own way.
You use them to make me cry,
And to make me go away.
And now I speak,
Through this piece,
That someday I hope,
You understand true peace.
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