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"White People: We did This" by William Samuelson

What can I write today?

What is there to say that

won’t feel empty, a waste, a disgrace.

Who am I to pretend;

that I know what to say,

that I could articulate

something about privilege

that won’t reek of my own.

How could I possibly feel 

a position of commentary,

when for so long we’ve

ignored the truth,

and uttered shockingly hurtful

lies and held positions of oppression.

I, you, we are white;

we are to blame,

for conditioning others to hate.

This racism was created;

we did this.

Do not forget the blood

on our hands nor his name:

George Floyd.


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