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203/365: Riding In the Buick When I Was Twelve (Pitting Brown Men Against Brown Men)

This was the route I took:
being white and relatively well off.
It was the thoughtless one,
the easy one,
the one I was born to and chose again
which allowed a certain, suburban, easy ignorance.
I sang in white choirs
and went to white churches
and believed in the white drawings of Our Saviour,
and when we drove downtown
and saw brown men drunk,
someone would say from behind the glass of our Buick,
They do it to themselves,
and no one would argue with that,
not even me,
who hoped my silence was a protest
on our way to the park.

White people beat each other,
and we didn't say We are doing it to ourselves.
White people killed each other,
and we didn't say We are doing it to ourselves.
White people were addicts,
and we didn't say We are doing it to ourselves.

We afforded ourselves failings
that were individual and intimate and human
while we fictively pitted brown men against brown men,
as though the conflict were not already ours,
as though we had not drawn the ring,
as though rolling up the windows as we drove by
meant we were not there with them.

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