A Sunday Poem: “Blank”


If you claim

All Lives Matter

you fail to realise

we’re talking Black Lives.


If you hire a guy

when any gender would do

you reinforce

the glass ceiling.


If you continue carding

and stop collecting racial data

you preserve

White Privilege.


If you accept a restroom for men

and a restroom for women

you uphold

the gender binary.


Social blindness

isn’t a sickness.


It’s a choice.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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