my brothers name is Other
all of my brother's friends are named Other, too
and all of my Other brothers have been raised on the soil of the "new world" but do they know that they still walk on the bones of their past Other brothers?
all of my brothers are named Other becuase that is what the white man sees
not a human being full of hope and devotion and life
not a human being with the same soul and heart that every other brother has
no, just Other.
they always only see Other.
they see my brother's skin color and they immediately know his name
my brothers, i am not like you
i can not tell you that i know your fear
your brave fear that you hide from the world
your brave fear that you know they will use against you in their quest for Other brothers
you beautiful, brave fear
my beautiful Other brothers.
i can not apologize enough for your pain and suffering
i can not pretend that i know the pain of losing another brother every. single. day.
i can not tell you right now that i have ever felt pain like you have
all i can tell you is that you are not my Others
you are only my brothers.
not my Other brothers
you are not Other.
you are not what they want you to be.
you are Brother.
no longer Other.