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Birth Right

By Frederick Foote

Birth Rights

He was born brown with a predisposition to high blood pressure and hard times
She was born white with a presumption of beauty, goodness, and grace

He carried a knife to school for self-defense
She inherited the crown of homecoming queen

He fought brown-skinned people in foreign lands
She gave birth to the future fair-skinned leaders

He refused to stand for the national hymn

She will never understand him
or the rights that create wrongs

Article © Frederick Foote. All rights reserved.
Published on 2020-02-10
Image(s) © Evelyn McAdams. All rights reserved.
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