Social Justice Poetry

White Privilege | A Social Justice Poem by Daniel Klawitter

“First of all, you must learn the
constitution of man and the modifications
which it has undergone, for originally
it was different from what it is now.”
Plato, The Symposium.

We all begin
in the skins we’re in,
hurled into the world
like colored comets
as if by chance.

But whiteness
is a brightness
that obliterates
the dance of difference.

And the fact
that you don’t have to
think about this,
is a proof enough
of privilege

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