Counted

We are not a melting pot

We are a salad

It is impossible to not have biases,

prejudice creates walls without bridges –

discounted persons live in exclusion.

Separate but equal is an illusion,

lip service is a pretend opening –

not excluded persons live in seclusion.

Walk the walk makes real talk the talk,

bridges with walls silos assimilation –

tolerated persons live in reclusion.

Working side by side and holding hand in hand

opens eyes, bends ears, and softens hearts –

Counted persons live in inclusion

“Get in good trouble, necessary trouble,

and redeem the soul of America.”[1]


[1] John Lewis on March 1, 2020 at Pettus Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

 

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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