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First, We Have to Listen – An Empathetic Approach to Racism

         Many people say they want to talk about race.

 

         And people will state their position,

 

                  But first, we have to listen.

 

         Many say we have to act to eliminate racism,

 

         that we have to walk the walk.

 

                  But first, we have to listen.

 

         Many will take to the streets to talk the talk

        

         and walk the walk,

 

                  But first, we have to listen.

 

         The sacrifices and deaths of others can be told,

        

         changes in structures and systems can be demanded,

 

                  But first we have to listen.

 

         Without us dropping our defenses to facts so cold

 

         and cruelty so raw, our responses will be remanded,

 

                  That is why first, we have to listen.

 

Mel Mobley

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