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King & Obama: What is White
by Bonita M Quesinberry

Monday, January 19, 2009
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Tribute to ML King and Barack Obama

What is White

©copyright 2009 Bonita M Quesinberry



What is this thing called 'white'?

A label that some put on a person, 

some call a color right?

Why, truth is, it is no color at all! 


As a child, I saw you

in pain when hosed down with too great a force.

And, I was crying, too; 

because, to me, I just saw your beauty. 


As a teen, I heard songs 

only you could give rhythm and meaning;

but, they called your sound wrong.

I was crying with you, even then, too.


As adults, we heard shots,

then wept with you again for Martin King,

and thought, white man shall rot 

in the hell he has created for you. 


I've never understood

inequality over a color 

mixed of shades found in wood:

as we all are many. 


I know I am not white,

for I've several nationalities

of many colors bright. 

Yet, many dare to call me white and right.


Last year, I heard you speak 

and thought, you would be the right President.

Then you ran, never weak; 

and I thought, you will be the President. 


Now ev'rything is right,

yet still there be white made of confusion 

instead of seeing Light.

I can't understand, for all are one blood.

* * * 

You Fools! Did you not know Jesus was black?  




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Reviewed by Diane Hundertmark 10/10/2013
We should through all reference to "race" names of "colors" Place several individual's hands together and have some of these "fools" assign a color name. 99.9% will be wrong.
Also because of that fact. I have only one comment. As we do not know all the facts about the time frame of Jesus's time. We can not assign a "color" to him. Mid Eastern folks even in this day and age come in all shades.
Reviewed by Nicholas Fatseas 2/1/2009
The pallet of the Creator has many colors, in that he took joy in painting the beauty upon Earth and Heaven
I like this outburst in this write of yours
Well done, Sis Bon
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/21/2009
Well written Bonita!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 1/20/2009

Well expressed... "What is White" sings to reason with a poetic voice of justice.

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 1/20/2009
Colr does not make any differnce to me in this world. We are all going to our maker in heaven whatever our state. We can all get along and be friends, that is the reason God put us on earth or one of he reasons I think so anyway. May peace be found for all and soon.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 1/20/2009
Very good and well written poem,take care

Reviewed by John Domino 1/20/2009
God IS in control.
He is of no color.
He is a Bright light.
I pray to the Lord.
We can all be united as one nation.
God bless the USA once again.


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