Monday, July 07, 2014

The Age of Colorblindness - Tanka Prose


The Age of Colorblindness


A caste system in the USA? I hear stories about young black males incarcerated for smoking marijuana—some get life sentences. Don’t we all commit crimes? I know I’ve made mistakes—sitting behind a car wheel without a license—the only difference is I haven’t been caught. When a young man born in the ghetto and knowing little of life beyond the walls of his invisible cage turns to us in bewilderment and rage, we should look him in the eye and tell him the truth.

orange
is the new black—
your face,
the brown of declining autumn,         
dodges the threat of erasure

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