White and Black. Black and White.

You asked me

to draw

a line

between white and black.

White and black.

White and black?

What is that line?

Here is the list we started:

White is

Good.

Light.

Truth.

Beauty.

Reason.

Mind.

Black is

Evil.

Dark.

Lies. Deception.

Ugly.

Instinct.

Body.

White and black?

Isn’t the line easy to draw?

Sure. Easy enough.

A white car is a white car.

A black car is a black car.

A white bird is a white bird.

A black bird is a black bird.

A white gate is a white gate.

A black gate is a black gate.

A white wheel is a white wheel.

A black wheel is a black wheel.

Isn’t the line easy to draw?

Sure. Easy enough.

White is

Purity and virtue.

Selfless.

Innocence.

Modesty.

Knowledge. Enlightenment.

Courage.

Humility.

Strength.

Valor.

Faith.

Justice.

Birth. Life.

Love.

Rich.

Joy.

Pleasure.

Black is

Immorality and sex.

Selfish.

Experience. Guilt.

Impropriety.

Ignorance.

Fear.

Pride.

Weakness.

Dishonor.

Doubt.

Injustice.

Death.

Hate.

Poor.

Sorrow.

Pain.

Isn’t the line easy to draw?

A white man is a white man.

A black man is a black man.

A white man is a white man?

Is he?

A black man is a black man?

Is he?

No. Surely, the line is not easy

to draw.

If a man is a man,

isn’t he—

a man?

White and black.

Black and white.

Isn’t he a man?

Perhaps, the question is not white and black.

Perhaps, the question is just that—

Isn’t he a man?

History told us

No--

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