Breathe

I am ashamed to be white. It was nothing I earned. Nothing I chose.
Nothing I deserved.
But I am white, so I can freely breathe
Black people did not choose even to be here.
They were stolen from home and packed in ships so tight they could hardly breathe.
They were bought and sold like dogs, and their families torn apart so they could hardly breathe.
They were hung from trees and lamposts until they could not breathe.
They were held on the ground by the knees of white men until they could not breathe.
Their only sin was the amount of pigment in their skin.
Now I am finding it hard to breathe.

-Linda M. Langer, May 29, 2020

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