Speak Up


If it was the n-word he just said,

you wouldn’t have tolerated it.

If she had put a hand on me,

she wouldn’t get off with a warning.


We say this is a community

where everyone is equal.


But he just said retarded.

And she just called me crazy.

And they just snickered at a comment

everyone heard

but no one stopped.


Our school is full

of double standards.

Students, teachers.

They all hurt each other

with the words they use

and the jokes they make.


When is everyone

going to realize

that words hurt

but the actions you take,

to promote respect,

speak louder?


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