If race is a card
Is it something I can put back in the deck?
Do hands get redealt at any point in time?
Is it something that I can hide in my hands behind other
more and/or less important cards
like my gender card
my religion card
my hometown card
my sexual orientation card?
My race is not part of a game.
It is not trivial, or something that stays in my pocket.
It is the first thing you see when I walk in the room
And it is the first thing you mention
When you describe me to others.
Race is not the most important factor
in every conversation
every media circus ring.
But it for sure is not a card.