Time's up! Class is over.
Stride away from the discomforting discussion.
Saunter into you world of whiteness
where oblivion denies oppression
and privilege affords security.
Dine out! Expect attentive service
with respectful smiles.
Shop leisurely with Daddy's money. Expect Security
to protect/not suspect you
of illegal or "gang" activity.
Rest in peace, you blue-eyed students
of white privilege.
Dream of the institutions which empower you.
Racism isn't your problem.
Use that privilege -- not for power
but for justice.
Not to cry "Reverse discrimination"
but to admit and address inequalities.
Not to accept the status quo and stereotypes of your fathers
but to honestly educate your daughters and sons.
Not to mumble, "I'm tired of talking about racism"
but to accept your responsibility for its dismantling.
Yesterday was evil, inhumane, ungodly.
Today is a pretense of progress from that evil humanity.
Tomorrow is all we have . . .
Last update: 15 July 1998