It seems to come natural
Humor never at the expense of the marginalized
Rushing to come to aid, but never to the rescue
Virtuous without any signaling
The respect shown by too few

I had to ask him how
How do I teach this to my son
You grew up in this same society
How did you fight the toxic messages
What was it that got through?

A short silence
Then spat out in anger
With a hint of embarrassment
The answer I never wanted
“Me, too”

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