Justifications & Euphamisms

July 18, 2008
By Andrew Ridker, Chestnut Hill, MA

we've gone
from n----r to negro to black to African-American
just look at the progress we’re making
aren’t we better people now?

I ponder this as I racially profile passengers
from my seat
on an airplane
where a stewardess transforms into a flight attendant
right before my eyes
(though I don’t see any difference.)


our twisted tongues are taking language down with us

but “dying” sounds too harsh
so I’ll say it’s just “passing away”
and rest easy, comfortable
and free
from thought.

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This article has 7 comments.

bigrichard said...
on Sep. 2 2008 at 11:06 am

on Aug. 31 2008 at 6:30 pm
I love the honest introspection of the speaker...it's representative of the reflections our society as a whole should be making. Great work!

rgr said...
on Aug. 31 2008 at 5:53 pm
I like the subtle moral message of this poem and especially the way the author presents it in the last line.

on Aug. 30 2008 at 2:29 pm
that poem was so good definitely one of your better ones

hellohello said...
on Aug. 30 2008 at 12:41 pm
it's pretty good, but euphemisms is spelled wrong :)

richie123 said...
on Aug. 30 2008 at 10:26 am
very thought provoking

on Aug. 30 2008 at 12:36 am
I think you've got a point about being politically correct all the time, but I don't understand- are you insulting black people or what?


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