Down is Up and up is down
The trumpeter swans Know nothing of White privilege White is what they are Down under and Above the down Except for beaks As black as ebony on ivory Their voice is not the honk of pride and privilege Pens and cobs Teach their young The Beatitudes Where Up is really Down and Down is Up without a down- Ward sneer at Loons or Redwing Blackbirds Ebony and ivory Nesting in a wetland Marsh where no Manicured lawns And Scotts-fed Greens feed faux- White privilege. - GCS, May, 2021
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." -- Gospel According to Matthew 5:1-10 NIV
Gordon C. Stewart, public theologian, author of Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness (2017 Wipf and Stock), Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, March 3, 2022.