Day 67 – We always wish it was a white kid.

Friday, November 6, 2009
Day 67
9:32 pm – 10:13 pm

We always wish it was a white kid.

We do.

It sounds horrible, but we do.

I do, anyway.

Because we know
whether it’s at a college in
Virginia or a military base
in Texas, Everyone will start
talking about how the shooter
was Muslim or Korean or an
immigrant and right off the bat
the entire Community is thrust
in to grieving two sets of loss
on both sides of the gun while
widening the eyes in the
back of their head because
they know they’re in danger

Because we know
if the guy was White
no one would think twice
on whether he was Christian
or straight or White
Everyone would treat the
situation like it was
just some crazy person
in an isolated incident and
even though that’s not true
we wouldn’t have to worry
about Christians or straight
or White people being in danger

Because I am often like most
people and sometimes I want
things to be easy and it would
be much simpler to remember
the dead without fearing the
backlash that is sure to come
And because we are wounded
with each bullet and hardened
heart who mourns their loss
while trying to fit sense in to
the nonsense of placing
blame on difference
that keeps us all in danger

traci kato-kiriyama

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About traciakemi

traci akemi kato-kiriyama - inter/multi-disciplinary theatre/performance artist, arts educator, cultural worker, community organizer. Tuesday Night Project; theatre, performance, writing, and teaching projects with many organizations and artists including: zero 3; Edge of The World for Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia and the National Asian American Theatre Festival in New York; "PULL" with Kennedy Kabasares in San Francisco; Nobuko Miyamoto and Great Leap Collaboratory I; TeAda; NCRR; Oymun's 11. Playwright for "Chasing Dad - a performance of a reading about a play i'm writing" presented by Inside the Ford for the Ford's Summer Playwright series. View all posts by traciakemi

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