The Same Difference

Here is the difference
when on the TV news
two blonde women
at a commencement ceremony
were shown
fists flying, hair pulling
fracas widening into riot
the old white men
sitting at the bar
staring at the screen
all good-naturedly laughed
at this televisual display of violence
but when
on the TV news
just days early
it was two black women
in an airport lobby
punching, pulling
their skirmish spreading
to engulf others
the same old white men
sitting at the same bar
were not amused and instead of a laugh
they muttered
niggers, animals
they can’t help themselves

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