Ode to White Liberals
By Margaret Dickerson
Austin, Texas is the land of the White Moderate. They who “prefer a negative peace...and the absence of tension” as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said. They are liberal. They are progressive. They are “good” White people. And so I wrote this poem, “Ode to White Liberals” for you, Austin, Texas.
Global Majority, I want you to know that it’s ok to refuse to be the bridge for White moderates. No one has any business making us their highway to absolution. We have agency. We have a voice. We are speaking for ourselves.