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White is a Color, Not a Definition MAG

November 8, 2009
By ggk92 SILVER, Sherborn, Massachusetts
ggk92 SILVER, Sherborn, Massachusetts
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What the hell kind of question is that?
Please bubble in your race.
Am I white?
By default I suppose I am.
But that does not define me.
Is there another box, because if they want to know my race
they must also want to know that,
I have brown hair,
brown eyes,
and an attitude.

That I am naive,
All knowing,

I am you,
Him and her.

I am the one who gets inside your head.
The one who can tell you what you are going to do before you do it.
Your adversary,
Your internal conflict.
Your friend.
I am your passion, and your desire.
Everything and nothing.
Love and Peace.
The dreams you whisper into the darkness.
The glint of your smile.
The cascades of your tears.

I am satin and I am Gabriel.
Hope and despair,
Wealth you could only imagine.

I am unknown,
And yet you know me.
Indefinable, and yet so obvious.

I am truth,

I am a war cry,
A protege,
a novice,
a believer,
a sinner.

I am a world.
A nation.
A female.
A single being.
I am human.
White, just doesn't seem to cut it.

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This article has 19 comments.

on May. 7 2014 at 9:07 am
bewareofbunnyrabbits SILVER, Winona, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"Empty yourself and let the universe fill you." -Yogi Tea

Wow. I REALLY like this. It's not typical to see this side of the issue expressed, because white people have privilege and rights, etc. and aren't a minority, but it is no less discriminatory to define someone based on being white than for being a different race. Awesome point, and awesome poem.

on Jun. 17 2013 at 4:23 pm
beautifulspirit PLATINUM, Alpharetta, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
--Eleanor Roosevelt

Breaktaking~ everything I wwnted to say---unsaid it all!

on Jun. 4 2013 at 9:01 pm
WinstonSmith BRONZE, Columbia, Missouri
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This is a thoughtful piece.  

Zoya_Khan GOLD said...
on Dec. 23 2012 at 3:21 am
Zoya_Khan GOLD, Gujranwala, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Where LOGIC ends, FAITH begins.
- Zoya Khan

Nice :) :) :)

Halcyon said...
on Jul. 7 2011 at 9:22 am
That was amazing!!!! Please write more!!!!

CowBell SILVER said...
on Jun. 29 2011 at 11:40 am
CowBell SILVER, Missouri City, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
~Victor Kiam

That was an amazing piece! One of the best I've seen onTeen Ink. It was deep. I loved it *snaps for you*

on Apr. 15 2011 at 9:16 pm
to.hold.the.sun SILVER, Maryville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present." -John Green

Wow. Just... wow. This left me completely speechless. I agree that pretty isn't the word; resounding is. I can tell you right now that every time I see a bubble to fill in "white/ non hispanic", I will think of this poem. Great, great, great job.

on Mar. 11 2011 at 3:41 pm
Alice Verlinden BRONZE, Michigan
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This is legit poetry right here.

on Jan. 27 2011 at 7:13 pm
Taylor Shea BRONZE, Seattle, Washington
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I can even say how much i appreciate this article. Thank you for putting alot of peoples feelings into words in such an eloquent way. 

on Aug. 23 2010 at 5:47 pm
the_crazy_one BRONZE, San Jose, California
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Favorite Quote:
Be yourself, and do what you want, because those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter.

Really good! I shared this with all my friends and they all loved it too. I like how you use antonyms. And I love the last two lines.

on Jul. 27 2010 at 11:57 pm
bluesky0728 SILVER, Phoenix, Arizona
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I've seriously recited that to myself 3 times in a row! I love it!! :)

on Jul. 27 2010 at 11:53 pm
bluesky0728 SILVER, Phoenix, Arizona
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omg that gave me goosebumps!!! Awesome, my sentiments exactly!!!!

on Jul. 15 2010 at 6:40 pm
alaskatrailmutt, Jefferson, Maryland
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Wow that was perfect! Way to go!

kailee313 GOLD said...
on May. 25 2010 at 10:14 am
kailee313 GOLD, Havelock, Other
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This is really well writen, great job, keep it up ! :)

on May. 21 2010 at 5:45 pm
ReflectionsofYou GOLD, Mason, Tennessee
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That's what I think too, but because we're not really considered a minority, I'm reluctent to bring it up. So good job on that:]

on May. 14 2010 at 9:06 am
Cancion_de_hielo_y_fuego BRONZE, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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This is a really deep heart-felt poem that expresses what you feel you really are. I like your use of extended metaphors:  it really draws the reader in.

on May. 3 2010 at 11:42 am
BlueInk94 PLATINUM, Valley Park, Missouri
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This is more than a poem..I love your wording. You take one simple thing and strecth it so everything deeper is visible. I also love your use of symbolism in describing self-characteristics of an average person.

Milo! said...
on Mar. 14 2010 at 7:28 pm
I really love this. I really like how everyone can relate to this. I hope you keep writing, because this is great. You should check out some of my stuff. I think you would like it.