The Mirror

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I lift my head, look up, and say, “They’re not listening!”

And then I ask, “How well am I listening?

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“They don’t understand!”

How hard am I working to understand?

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“They’re funding the wrong things!”

What am I funding?

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“They’re making things worse!”

Am I making things better?

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“I’m starting with the (wo)man in the mirror

I’m asking (her) to change (her) ways

And no message could have been any clearer

If you wanna make the world a better place

Take a look at yourself, and then make a change”


Lyrics by Glen Ballard & Siedah Garrett, adapted for gender https://www.michaeljackson.com/track/man-mirror-2/

Resources

The Anti-Racist Reading List, Ibram X. Kendi

I Don’t Need ‘Love’ Texts From My White Friends, Chad Sanders

Video interview, Cory Booker

Black Lives Matter video, NFL players

List of not-for-profit organizations defending civil rights


Chewing the Cud of Good

Photo taken from within a wet, gray stone cave, with light shining from the opening above and falling on the stone steps that lead the way out

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