Painful Realization

I humbly regret
   not seeing what you saw
   not trusting your word even
      though i know you experienced it
   not starting to unlearn sooner
   not understanding
until i saw the numbers
   50-50 is not the same as
And then it all fell into place.
   The history.
   The blood.
   The oppression.
   My privilege.
I could choose not to see
   not to trust
   not to understand
   not to unlearn.
I choose now to see
   to trust and understand
   to unlearn and
   to mourn.

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