This word we hear in many contexts

What does it mean what are next steps

Is it a program atoning for the past

Evoking leaving what we know can’t last


Affirmative action quotas and such

Reverse discrimination lawsuits as crutch

Labeling formulas all forcing fear

What are the steps to get there from here


When you get beyond the threats and bluster

It’s about learning growth you can muster

Tolerance openness seeing that others

Aspire like you all sisters and brothers


For critical change do not focus on difference

That is the key to victory deliverance

Sure there are many superficial diversions

None so threatening to call up aspersions


Focus on ways we are the same

Let importance of black white red yellow fade

As this world shifts and dominance reverses

Embrace the new truth stifle all curses


The way to success and feeling clean

Let go of divisions though you may not be keen

Realize whatever you have been told

Stories not truth let them go they are old


Where in your life do you still harbor bigotry?

Does it serve, hurt of honor you?

What changes can you make to demonstrate you no longer tolerate bigotry?

– Stewart Levine ©

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