Only White Lives Matter


I wrote this in response to a dead refugee child on a beach in Europe, and to a bombing in Pakistan. To me, they are a symbol of the larger problem; mainly, that some lives are more valuable than others. It’s so obvious now, I don’t understand how people continue to deny it.

All lives don’t matter. It’s as plain as day.


No colors light up

the buildings,

no calls go out

to pray.

No non-stop news


no leaders join

hands today.




Only White Lives


only White Lives


To the world, the

White Child is sacred;

to the world, the

brown child ignored.




When will we move

beyond this?


rings so hollow,

when White Death

is always tragic,

the death of

brown children ignored.


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