OtherWise, or, Inclusive Terminology by James B. Nicola

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An erstwhile “colored person” explains why
more recent labels do not satisfy

Please don’t call me Of Color, which

is assonant with The Other,

which I am not. I’m only rich

of hue to you, my brother.

Nor shall I call you White which rhymes

with bright, might, right, and light.

You’re nowhere white, and oftentimes

so far from right or bright.

Call me Of Worldwide Ancestry,

then: accurate and true.

What’s more, while it refers to me,

it might as well mean you.

Or would you now prefer to be

called ashen, pale, off-pink…?

Then you’d be the minority,

though. Rightly so, you think?

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