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by MaryAnn Diorio

Why black or white? Why look at skin?
What would it take to stop the sin
Of stigmatizing God’s creation
With unjust discrimination?

Why is it that we fail to see
The truth that love is color-free,
That hatred only binds the heart
And keeps both black and white apart?

Why not proclaim we’re all the same
In joy and laughter, grief and pain?
Why not look past the outer skin
To find the spirit deep within?

O, would that we would rise above
The pettiness of gross self-love
And look beyond the outer man
To sister, brother, deep within.

But only Christ can bridge the gap
That separates the white and black,
For He is Love, and Love alone
Can make us see that we are one.

Copyright 2008-2016 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA. All Rights Reserved. This poem may be shared but please keep the copyright information intact. Thank you for your cooperation.
This poem was written in the hope that it would promote unity among Americans of all colors and ethnicities. We are all of equal worth in God’s eyes. As far as He is  concerned, there is only one race: the human race.

“People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

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