Open my eyes that I may see, Glimpses of Racism thou hast for me

Subconsciously I was going through life with blinders on

I am a reasonably good person, sensitive to discrimination, I reckoned

All humans are created equal I believe

I am outraged when discrimination I perceive

I am knowledgeable, having read extensively

About the Civil Rights Movement and Black History

Or, so I would think…

I lived in general oblivion until I was brought to the brink

Of being forced to look at discrimination outrageous

And I realized my mind had been quite impervious

To racial profiling, micro and macro- aggressions

I suddenly become aware of my flawed impressions

You must find it ironic because I happen to be

A woman of color, in a minority

No stranger to micro-aggressions, I was still regrettably

Oblivious to what my fellow human-beings face daily..

 

***

I deeply regret that the eye-opener for me

Had to be events of such magnitude in tragedy

I am saddened by the state of affairs

And now trying my best to be self-aware

Of the subconscious racial biases that pervade

Many interactions around me, and invade

The souls of those who discrimination face

At every step, in twisted, warped ways

They carry their burdens within, they do not need

To bear the burden of creating racial awareness indeed

To support them, we need to rip apart the fabric

Of our social norms- we need changes drastic

Starting from identifying biases we carry within

Bring to surface all assumptions hidden

Then look around with open eyes and an open mind

Prepared to be dumbstruck by what we find……

 

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