I have freedoms others will never know

Simply because my skin is white

And although I did not choose it so

I agree that it is just not right


For in youth, all are color blind

Until we are taught to hate

Fears pressed daily in our minds

Become reasons to not relate


I will stand with you, all brothers true

Until racism finally dies

And hope the world our children view

See you treated as right as I


19 Responses to “White”
  1. beth says:

    I love this and I stand with all of you

  2. K.L. Hale says:

    You’ve said it perfectly and beautifully. I stand with you all, too. 🥰

  3. My brother, I’ve become cynical enough now to believe I won’t see this cohesiveness in my lifetime, but I pray that enough of us decide to rise up and stand together that we at least get moving in the right direction! This is beautifully written!

  4. Reblogged this on Ramblings and Ruminations and commented:
    Will you stand with us?

  5. As it should be for sure. You’ve said it right and with passion and art! Great poem Brad, my friend!

  6. kristianw84 says:

    This is beautiful. The world needs more Brads. ❤

  7. mistermuse says:

    Well stated, but in regard to your last stanza, all the cynic in me can say is We should live so long.

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    A beautiful poem about an extremely important subject. I have three Haitian grandchildren so it is my prayer that they will see it in their lifetime. You wrote such beautiful words dear Brad. As a child I grew up on military bases for the good part of my younger years. While in the military world, I can honestly say I didn’t see color and my best girlfriend was a beautiful African-American girl, Beth. It wasn’t until I went to public school of base that I had the first idea that there was a difference between white and black. It is a horrible thing that is taught by society and adults, not the innocent. Living in the south I have seen and heard things still that trouble me greatly and honestly break my heart. Thank you so much for writing about this Brad and doing it so beautifully as you always do. Sending big hugs and lots of love, Jonikins

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Jonikins! Race means nothing to a child until they are taught it should. Change comes on a generational timeline, so we must continue to fight and hope!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        You are right and I will always hope for a kinder and more humane society. There are so many atrocities that happen every day in our world, I will always pray for us to all treat each other like brothers and sisters because I believe we are in the eyes of God. ❤️

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