The Game of Race

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 issue

every media circus ring.

But it for sure is not a card.

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