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White is a blank space.

It is the unwritten adjective that filled the infinite and simultaneously minuscule void between “all” and “men” when our founding fathers so eloquently declared their independence. The word “white” is not included in the Constitution, but it is understood by all to be the unmentioned modifier in “we the people.” It is our national equivalent to the aphonic letter “e.” We could always see it, but as a country we agreed to adhere to the first rule of American phonetics:

The “white” is silent.

Prior to 2017, we tied ourselves into knots to avoid the…

michaelharriot

Poet. Writer at TheRoot.com. Always has the Big Joker and the double-five. Is not your negro. Is a real negus. In that order.

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