A Hundred Years of Progress and Education

June 13, 2010
By ohlookitsgrace BRONZE, Manhasset, New York
ohlookitsgrace BRONZE, Manhasset, New York
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For those of us who’ve learned
About slavery and bravery
Or segregation, then integration
Murderers and bearers
Of the burden of
Change from that which is wrong
To that which is right.
And to achieve anything they all had to fight
Only to face even more plight
It was as if no one knew their left from their right
Who to kill who to spite
Who to smite with their might
But you know what the sad part of it all
Has to be?
Not just the deaths
Or the waste of time
Created by our minds
But that even though
Slavery was declared unconstitutional
Segregation admitted as less than functional
And genocides
Now realized
By real eyes
For their real lies
That in reality
Where we live and breathe
Cry and die
Scream and sigh
A century has passed
But nothing has changed.
People still hold prejudice
The only difference is who people now hate
It’s not just the blacks or the jews, and now even the gays
But it’s anyone who’s received far less than praise
And it doesn’t matter who we hate on
It’s the fact that we continue to do so
Is what makes us so wrong
So I ask you
What have we learned
And what have we changed?

The author's comments:
It would be a lie to say that nothing in the world has changed since civilizations were established, but the fact of the matter is that we haven't made the most important adjustment of all: acceptance. No matter what time period humans have existed in, there was always a point where a certain group of people were persecuted, be it the Jews, the blacks, and in a more contemporary context, the gays, we continue to repeat the mistakes from generations ago. Of course as humans, we are all flawed in some way, shape or form, but in all sincerity, I just begin to question why haven't we learned any better at this point.

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