Poem: Should I feel guilty for my race

How do I shed the label of a white oppressive man; I’m unconcerned with color or the kind of clothes you wear

How do I shed the label

of a white oppressive man

Do I listen to the message

of Obama’s “Yes we can!”

Perhaps I’ll go out marching

With women take to the streets

Hold placards of “Black Lives Matter”

While trying to feel their pained heart beats

Still I wonder should I feel guilty

for horrible things my race has done

Or would it not be better

If I instead loved everyone

My friends are many religions

Jewish, Muslim, Christian Too

I’ve conversed with Jehovah witnesses

if you are Sikh I can learn from you

I’m unconcerned with color

or the kind of clothes you wear

I’m more interested in your story

and the heart you’re willing to share

Don’t see me as an enemy

Just because my skin is white

Understanding will replace our fear

Conversations can make things right

No one wants to be looked at

through the lens of a clouded eye

If you and I are both willing

a different logic will apply

In the end we are brothers and sisters

there is but one human race

Each person wants a sense of belonging

It’s up to us to create that space.

Richard Lamoureux, Kelowna

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