I have always prided myself
On my open-minded attitude
Because when I was young
I slept with black men
And liked it
At least as much as I liked sleeping with white men
Which admittedly wasn’t much. Plus
I was a member of CORE
And picketed the Bus Terminal in New York
Which still had segregated water fountains in the South.
We sang Woody Guthrie songs and carried signs.
I have believed that
In my own way I supported
A multiracial society.
Not that I have been challenged in the last half century
Living in a Caucasian world
As I do
Where black people are so uncommon that
I do not presently know a black person.
Of course I don’t know any white people either
So perhaps that’s not important.
At any rate being married I no longer sleep with a variety of people
And my ability to march is limited.
I have decided that it is time to find another way to advocate
For racial equality.
Am I woke yet?