I did not choose to be born white

And I have never owned a slave

But I recognize your plight

And the equality that you crave


In all the speeches I have heard

Which cried out for some action

I listened to all the pretty words

But change never found its traction


It is hard to accept what you allege

That my life has been one of ease

Maybe it is harder to see privilege

Like seeing forest through the trees


I want to think I am not the problem

But my inaction says it best

If I do not now rise with them

I am as bad as all the rest


I have stood by for too many years

So blind to what you go through

I now clearly see your tragic tears

And must do all that I can do


I once fought for this great land

And all the things that we believe

But this country cannot be grand

While our people so ready grieve


I am done with doing nothing

We all deserve to live free

I will kneel for change to bring

To see you privileged just like me




23 Responses to “Privilege”
  1. Truly touched my heart and reminded me of JFK saying, “An innocent bystander in today’s world is no longer innocent.” We are all brothers in this thing called the human race, and we must stand up for change when any one of us is done wrong!

  2. beth says:

    so moving and beautifully said.

  3. kristianw84 says:

    This brought tears to my eyes! I’m so happy to see you use your voice to stand up for what you believe, and call it what it is! This is beautiful, Bead! The entire world needs to read this poem!

  4. JustBeingMe says:

    Wow! This is powerful. Really made me think. Thank you

  5. Kaylen says:

    Wonderfully put! We fight for one,we fight for all!!💪💗

  6. Jim Borden says:

    beautifully said; I was looking forward to seeing what it is you were going to do, and it a noble gesture…

  7. This poem is very moving. It was beautifully written. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    You are a great writer, a poet and a man with a heart and the desire for justice, understanding and peace. Great work Brad!
    All the best,

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    The notion of equality in our country is forever challenged by what we see. Taking a stand for justice and equality are standards worth fighting for. I commend you for your words and your action, Brad.

    I’ve been spending a lot more time writing the past couple of weeks, and I haven’t been blogging much, but it’s beautiful to read some of your thoughtful words.

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