Race Scarred

Age old beliefs of skin tone judging
Burrowed deep in values and teachings,
Inevitable repeating of past hurts and turmoil,
Leading tense situations to simmer, then boil.

Unity regarding skin deep beauty–
A fantasy outweighed by hate and cruelty.

Time to think differently,
And commit to true harmony,
Start with empathy,
Listen and learn continuously.

Look beyond the surface,
To realize healing and peace.

Race Erase

He was hiding among the fold of faith in a historic South Carolina church. Proudly known as Mother Emanuel, the place of worship was converted into a scene from Purge. God’s flock was lessened—nine innocents gunned down by one who thinks there’s too much black. But the darkness is within Dylann Roof. To him, and to all, mind the verse from Genesis 1: “Let there be Light.” God’s Light is wide and color blind. No race needs to be erased.

©2015 Karina Pinella

Us

Red, yellow, black, white . . .
Colors that can cause delight or a big fight,
Depending on the spectrum of your tolerance.

All lives matter,
For we are all made from the same batter.

Let’s take away labels, beginning with race.
The only purpose it serves is to peg a tight space,
Where movement is suppressed,
Cultivating a perspective that is narrow and depressed.
Stop writing on the blanks where it tells you to choose your label.
Why perpetuate an age-old myth that’s real purpose is to shackle?

You, me can start to stop the fuss,
Let’s just label ourselves US (of America)

©2015 Karina Pinella