Bri Edwards

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Prejudiced? Who? Me? ? .....[personal; Human Nature; Racial Prejudice] - Poem by Bri Edwards

I'm a white guy, aged 64, raised in a small town way up north.
Do some thoughts I have about blacks signal prejudice coming forth?
First I'd say NO, but then again I'd say YES.
But such thoughts, by both whites and blacks, are normal I would guess.

What thoughts am I now referring to you will probably ask.
To answer that sensible question will put my mind to task.
My interactions with blacks, I think, no prejudice does reveal.
And the rare times I have 'prejudice' thoughts, I think they're no big deal.

Do you wish to know of what my 'pre-judged' thoughts consist?
I'd almost rather not tell you. But, if you insist.
I sometimes think 'nigger'; when and where I grew up that was a 'bad' name.
I also think of them as different though people are the 'same'.

And here is where I say 'I don't like generalization'.
By 'same' I mean neither all blacks nor all whites are 'the same' in this nation.
So whites and blacks can both be smart or stupid, mean or kind;
within each 'race' criminals and 'saints' you'll find.

I wasn't raised to either love or hate blacks. My parents seemed not to judge.
And I've changed my mind again; I'm NOT prejudiced. From THAT opinion I shall not budge!

Then why you ask do I sometimes think 'nigger' when I think of a black?
I think it's due to both a primeval urge to break society's rules, and to the 'thought-control' I lack.
Luckily I don't act out my 'bad' thoughts. I might be in jail now if I had.
When in grade school, a boy said I called him 'nigger'. The accusation made me sad.

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Topic(s) of this poem: prejudice

Poet's Notes about The Poem

the poem is true. i think the black boy with whom i had a confrontation outdoors over a kickball, when i was in fifth grade, was in what was referred to as the 'ungraded class'. i think he was a 'little slow', as i believe they said in those days. not only did he give me a black eye (i didn't touch him) , but when he and his teacher came outside my classroom door to talk to me and my teacher, i actually cried after i heard what he said i had said (which i hadn't, really!) . i now am happily married to an asian woman and have two asian step-daughters. one of my brothers and his wife adopted two girls, one hispanic and one 'black'. no problem there. my sister has a daughter-in-law who is asian. in college i had a blind date (well i had seen here before i think but didn't really know her) with a black girl. a few years later i believe i gave an innocent kiss to a black girl, a coworker, after work; if i hadn't been so inexperienced i might have tried for more. yeah, i'm a hell of a guy, as you can see! not that you asked.
i just reread this months after submitting it. i should say that the 'BAD' THOUGHTS for which i might end up in jail are/were not racial thoughts but sexual thoughts or thoughts of being a burglar or murderer or something like that.>

Comments about Prejudiced? Who? Me? ? .....[personal; Human Nature; Racial Prejudice] by Bri Edwards

  • Bri Edwards (8/29/2016 9:07:00 PM)

    and when i say i might be in jail, it is not that i would commit a racist crime. but it might be a sexual one. or just

    bri :) don't worry, i don't know where (most of) you live.
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  • Adeline Foster (11/14/2012 2:40:00 PM)

    Hey (good effort) been there, done that. To me, it's not the color of the skin, it's the personality that I judge. Read mine - Sympathetic Pain -
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, June 1, 2015

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