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The Web Poetry Corner - Amanda Marcus - When Skin Mattered

When Skin Mattered


Amanda Marcus

When skin mattered, there was no peace
for copper to brown-skinned people.
They were beat in the street
because they were born unique.
They were put down for their skin
and not their hearts. Yet today
we judge on knowledge not skin.
Why could they not understand that
so many years ago? Why, because of skin,
did we make fellow men work by beating them?
Why did we tear families apart for our pleasure?
Why did we deny them a right to learn?
Why did we treat fellow men like cattle or sheep?

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