It sounds so convenient a solution
for comedians in late night shows and the like,
the major media outlets and corporate chiefs
to come out with a statement defending diversity.
All of these white people making a stand
against other white people fearing the diversity brand.
The feeling lingers that these words alone
make a statement loud enough to withstand all.
And yet, they don’t. Diversity’s a flame
fanned out too soon to the tune of white comfort.
It’s an unwritten code in the genes of society
that feeds the marginalized just enough
to make them content, through the short-spanned eyes
of the mainstream that then moves on too quickly.
Still, the problems remain, and nothing changes –
the world’s culture still sings praises solely of the white.
This is the hypocrisy of a stagnant society
so steady with statements, but lazy on the work.
Challenge this discomfort that grips the genes
and put more diversity on our TV screens.
Sicken these sick fringe groups until they give in,
push them to the ledge until there’s nothing left.
Show them we won’t go back to eras of darkness
and that we will fight to maintain this better way of life.
There is more to the world than the colour of our skins,
the kind of love in our hearts or the gender we live.
The world is more than the steady european diet,
forcibly feeding false standards in our minds
since the hollow era of the medieval times
when christian white mattered more than all the world combined.
Make them sick, make them accept the world,
as we won’t accept a return to dark times.
Progress moves forward, not in rewind,
and not in a circle of holocaust and war crimes.
Put your money where your mouth is
and make the investment for human culture.
All cultures form the fabric of common fables,
and reflect the aspirations renewed in all our generations.
We need a manifesto, not a simple statement,
where NO HATRED is not only said, but shown.
Give me your multi-colored casts, your LGBTQ anchors,
give status natives equal status, and leave none behind.
Stagnant societies don’t survive growing divides
that widen, and gobble fundamental foundations.
One’s essence does not make them the lesser,
only the masses misguided, and conditions carried over
force people to continue living as before, in perpetual disaster
fearing the other, when they should embrace one another.
Speak all you want, but if your words lead to nothing being done,
then you’re no better through inaction than the servants of our night.