After the protests

God to me —
Don’t just check off “did something,”
lick your vanilla privilege
with a self-congratulating tongue,
skipping the hard part
which is listening.
(do I have to pry your fingers
off the microphone?)

Oh, but after listening and listening
to black people
(check in with a prayer,
if you’re doing it in three weeks)
there is this other hard thing —
talking to other white people,
friends,
maybe relatives.

Rather have book discussions
with people who already agree with you?
Another (and another and another)
round of that can’t hurt,

but try saying the names,
George, Breonna, Ahmaud,
and plenty more where those came from.
Cliché, maybe,
are you worried about that?

Here is the trick — privately,
no credit,
with someone who might
punch you in the nose,
or turn their heart inside out.

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6 Responses to After the protests

  1. Jessica McArdle says:

    Repenting of the silence of acquiescence is a necessary step for me.

  2. beegood1 says:

    Amen ! We need peace

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

  3. Maren says:

    We do indeed.

  4. Deirdre says:

    Privilege = Comfortable
    To be an ally I need to be uncomfortable

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