There’s a new wave of huddled masses
Streaming through our ports
Strangers, who bear the full weight of our fears
“Drive them away”
Is the war-cry of so-called natives
From the sons and daughters of old travelers
Is scrawled over every proud name
Every doctor, every teacher, every wide-eyed poet
Who dreams and wades into refuge
“Terrorist” is far too small of a word
For the large hearts and minds
Who know, of terror’s full wrath
© William Wright, Jr.
Excerpt from the book Microaggression
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The authors of Microaggression – Then & Now are speaking out. They are victims themselves and bravely share their experiences, concerns, hopes and fears through poetry and prose. They speak of a lack of empathy and tolerance in society. They warn of how words can cut, stir, disrupt and destroy. They refuse to accept others telling you that ‘you can't or ‘you’re not good enough’. They document long term derision, mocking of a person's skin color, sexual orientation and the dismissal of others and the lasting effects this has on all of us experiencing this. They want you to know that your handicap does not make you less of a human being.
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