Aren’t we all the same?
Or is it because of the 
color of my skin? 
Is it because I don’t look
the same as you?
Is it because I am not 
from the same surroundings 
you grew up in?
How long will it take 
for you to look at me no 
different then you look
at yourself? 
I want to be able to look 
at you without you looking 
back at me with grief and rudeness.
We need to stop the madness 
and come together to make 
everyone feel the same when we 
look at each other.
We need to come to an agreement
that being treated unfairly and looked
at differently isn’t the right way to go.
I believe by sometime in life that 
we will have a great world where 
people aren’t made fun of for 
how they look, or for the color of their skin.
I think there will be a time where people will 
naturally look at everyone the same but the madness
needs to come to an end. 

Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s “Won’t You be my sister” Poem

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April 7, 2022 8:58 am

Dear Jayden:

I am moved by your post, “Aren’t We All The Same” because it is very touching how I am able to relate to what you are saying. I think it’s very amazing how you ask questions to develop thoughts in the mind of the reader.

One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is, “Is it because I am not from the same surroundings you grew up in?”. I think this is a really great way sentence that immigrants can relate to especially when they come to the United States because they might feel like they are inferior to Americans.

Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the relatable things you mention.

Yaseen

March 15, 2022 6:35 pm

Dear, Jaden
I deeply liked your poem because it express a desire that all of us should aspire an environment where we all feel safe that no matter where you come from or how you look thanks for making public a piece of your mind and your wishes.

March 15, 2022 5:49 pm

Dear, Jaden

I am impressed with your poem, “Aren’t We All The Same” because of how you said that many people think that we’re different because of how we look or the color of our skin. I also am impressed by when you said that when will you look at me without rudeness and grief. One sentence you wrote that stands for me is “I believe by sometime in life that we will have a great world where people aren’t made fun of for how they look, or for the color of their skin.” I think that this is very powerful because I think that it’s time for everyone to finally get along and not have hate towards each other. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I like the way you express yourself.

Hely

Saray
Saray
February 16, 2022 11:35 pm

Dear Jaden

I 100% agree with your post, “Aren’t we all the same?” because it is true that sooner or later people must come to an agreement to treat each other equally no matter the appearance. I think everyone should be treated fairly.

One sentence that stands out for me is: “I think there will be a time where people naturally look at everyone the same but the madness needs to come to an end.” I think this is a good idea where it should all begin. Looks should not define us as a person. 

Saray

February 12, 2022 8:57 pm

Dear Jaden,

I am touched by your poem, “Aren’t We All The Same,” because many people around the world be able to relate to this. Racism has always been a major situation in the world. Equality and love should be shared by one another even if they are a different skin color from you.

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “How long will it take for you to look at me no different then you look at yourself?” I think this important to acknowledge because racism has been going on for many years. We should all be united and together because we are all humans.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your writing is very inspiring. I agree with you on what you said.

Lesly

February 10, 2022 10:07 pm

Dear Jaden,

I am impressed by your post/poen, “Aren’t We All The Same”, because it is something that a lot of people in this country/world can relate to. It is everywhere where we see a lot of racism, from the internet, to the real outside world. I think this is an important topic that should always be spread with the intention of making our society a better place.

A sentence that stood out to me from your poem is where it says, “How long will it take 
for you to look at me no different then you look at yourself? This sentence stood out to me because it is a important to know how others are treated just because they don’t look a certain way. At the end of the day I believe, that all of us bleed out the same, therefore we have the same value.

Thank you for writing this poem, it is very inspirational and very informal to many of us who have read it. You should continue to keep spreading this situation because it is such an important topic in which should always be spread until its end. Again, thank you for writing this and I am looking to see more of your inspirational poems/posts.

Luis Serna

Christopher
February 7, 2022 8:26 pm

Dear Jaden: 

I am moved by your poem, “Aren’t We All The Same,” because nowadays, people are very cruel & self-centered. If a person is not like them in any sort they will dislike the person, at times harming or attempting to harm. Like how you mentioned in your speech, this is madness and it must come to an end. 

One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “How long will it take for you to look at me no different than you look at yourself?” I think this is really important because we must aim to treat others the same way we would want to be treated. But what if someone is not doing well, to a point where they hate themselves. What approach must be taken here?  

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem like a good person who wants the best for others. These are real issues and you did great by bringing them to light. 

Chris Aguila 

February 3, 2022 5:46 pm

Dear Jayden,
I sympathize with your poem, “Aren’t We All The Same” because I have seen how different our people are treated or looked upon within my community based on the color of their skin. You’d think that because you live in a community where everyone is Latino you wouldn’t seen discrimination or racist remarks being said to one another but unfortunately it does happen.

One sentence that stood out to me is “We need to stop the madness and come together to make everyone feel the same when we look at each other.”. I completely agree with this because I don’t see any justifiable reason as to why we shouldn’t treat each other with the same respect we all deserve.

Thank you for writing this post. I liked that you wrote about a relevant and important topic. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

January 28, 2022 5:12 pm

Dear Jaden,
I really loved your poem, “won’t you be my sister” because it is talks about loving one and other. I agree with you on this i think that we should all love each other and treat them with equality and respect.
one sentence that you wrote that really stands out to me is when you said, ” I want to be able to look at you without you looking back at me with grief and rudeness.” i felt extremely touched by this because the other person doesn’t even have to say anything to know that they don’t like you, you can see it on their faces. i think this is extremely sad that we can’t just be kind to one and other.
thank you for writing this, I look forward to seeing what you write in the future!I really enjoyed reading your poem!

Natalie Flores-Montanez
Natalie Flores-Montanez
Reply to  Nichole
March 14, 2022 3:23 pm

Dear Nichole,

I like how you started this poem, it’s effective argued the nonsense that racial discrimination is. The way you made the reader give this poem a powerful stance using repetition as well as addressing the issue in our society. I like how you effectively portrayed your opinions and hope to read more in the future. Your doing great!

Thank you.

-Natalie

January 27, 2022 10:08 pm

Dear, Jaden:
I am touched by your poem, “Won’t You be my Sister” because it talks about equality. I agree with the subject of equality and I think that everyone should be treated equally. I also don’t like inequality I think it is a disgusting and rude thing.

One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “We need to stop the madness 
and come together to make everyone feel the same when we look at each other.” I think this is interesting and this is the truth because everyone should be able to feel and be treated equally.
Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have really good ideas. I agree with you on equality and the fact that everyone is the same. I like how you think.

Erika

JAmie HAwkins
JAmie HAwkins
January 27, 2022 7:12 pm

I am inspired of your post Jaden. I would like to start a blog as well.

January 27, 2022 4:46 pm

Dear Jaden,

I totally agree with you in the sense of ¨Aren’t we all the same?¨ the world has come to a somewhat time loop where everyone just profiles people by the way they look,dress and their race. Especially skin color as if the color of your skin identifies who you are as a person. I actually think it’s beautiful that there’s a variety of different skin tones. The world would be so bland if we were are the same color,talked the same ,and looked the same. Different is beautiful and people fail to understand that.

Society now has made the world think people have to be a curtain color to be approved in a way of having any freedom and it’s sad to say colored people aren’t considered to have a say in things sometimes we feel left out we feel like we are held back and all because of our skin tone. We shouldn’t be treated any different then the rest but sadly that’s the case. What stood out to me the most was ,¨I believe by sometime in life that we will have a great world¨ I truly hope the world changes and moves past all the differences people have that makes one unique. The world has a lot of learning and expanding to do.

Thank you Jaden for your writing, this needs to be spread and talked about way more because it truly is one of the biggest problems the world has i’m excited to read more of your work !
Angela Alvarado

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January 27, 2022 4:41 pm

Dear Jaden
I am intrigued about your post, “aren’t we all the same ” because this is something many people deal with and have issues within society. It’s not only a certain race/ethnicity, it’s often just an average person dealing with people calling them ugly just because of a beauty standard. But most importantly people of color get mistreated because of stereotypes people have made up or simply just being racist. As a society we failed to leave this behind. We should judge or disrespect due to a person’s race,ethnicity or culture. Something we all need to do is make positive changes in our society.

One sentence that stood out to me was “We need to come to an agreement that being treated unfairly and looked at differently isn’t the right way to go.”Which i think speaks loudly showing that many people can see it happening but never put forth the effort to make a real change.I think this is important to look at because when things like this happen it has to do with our society as a whole.

Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it is a really important topic that needs more attention 
 Leah Rodriguez

January 27, 2022 4:38 pm

Dear Jaden,

I am moved by your post, “Aren’t We All The Same” because a person’s skin color and appearance should not determine how they should be treated. It is heartbreaking that the world we live in can’t see past this and just be one.

One sentence you wrote that stood out to me was: “We need to stop the madness 
and come together to make everyone feel the same when we look at each other.” I think this is very important for people to realize because at the end of the day we all are the same which is a beautiful thing and should be embraced.

Thank you for your writing. I look forward to your next work because I like how you talk about the important things in the world. I hope to continue seeing your inspirational work.

-Andrea Alvarez

Kaiden McKenna
Kaiden McKenna
January 26, 2022 11:20 pm

I agree with what this poem has to say.

ben dover
ben dover
January 26, 2022 7:15 pm

you are not all the same because some of you are gay.

January 26, 2022 3:58 pm

Dear Jaden, 
I am astonished by your post, “ Aren’t We All The Same” because it captures the reality of how this poorly society is structured. To this day we still continue to see each other differently due to the color of our skin, our culture, or ethnicity. This is something that should’ve been left back in the 60s but no we failed as a whole to keep this idea to be seen in the world today. Something that everyone should learn even our elders is to learn how to respect others because discriminating against someone is not going to benefit anyone. 

One sentence that stood out to me is when you stated, “I believe by sometime in life that we will have a great world where people aren’t made fun of for how they look, or for the color of their skin.” This particular sentence stood out to me because I hope that a day like the one you mentioned does show an appearance because it is truly sad how this is still an ongoing problem. We need to understand that everyone deserves to be treated equally and that no one should be thrown out of a group simply because they are different. Being different shouldn’t be something that should be appealing to everyone if that makes sense and not to be ashamed of. 

Thank you for your writing Jaden! I look forward to what your write next because I was truly inspired by your poem and what you had to say regarding racial discrimination. 🙂

-Valarie G.

January 23, 2022 7:55 pm

Dear Jaden,

Your poem is quite moving as, at least in my interpretation, it almost captures the mind of a minority. There’s this confusion as to why; why we’re treated differently, why do we get strange looks, why were mistreated. A lot of discrimination either comes from ignorance or from irrational hate and I think that coming from a minority it’s hard to grasp either. We’re just people the same they are people. If anything our differences are what makes our interactions that much beautiful, for example the exchange and appreciation of culture.

I really like this line, “I want to be able to look at you without you looking back at me with grief and rudeness”. Specifically where you mention that look of grief, I think that carries a lot of weight. I’m not sure how to describe it but I feel like I know what you mean.

Thank you for writing this poem! I think it’s always great to bring attention to this issue and your wrote it beautifully.

Guadalupe

January 22, 2022 3:38 am

Dear Jaden, 

I am inspired by your post, “Aren’t We All The Same” because we truly are the same. We shouldn’t be discriminated against because of our skin color. Our skin color shouldn’t give someone the right to treat someone else in a different way. We are all human beings and deserve dignity and respect. We must all be kind and respectful to each other because violence and discrimination will get us nowhere. 

One sentence that stood out to me was “I think there will be a time where people will 
naturally, look at everyone the same but the madness needs to come to an end. ” It stood out to me because I fully agree with you. I also believe the same thing that one day we will be equal in the sense of equality towards rights and have the same values no matter our skin color. We must come together to stop racial discrimination. 

Thank you for your writing. You wrote a beautiful poem. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I believe your poem is inspiring. 

-Fatima 

January 21, 2022 9:13 pm

You bring up a lot of good points in your post. Your poem closely examines what people of other races may experience when white people give them facial expressions that reflect strong emotions. I agree that there are a lot of white people in United States specifically that are very racist and we as a society need to address an ongoing issue that is tearing our society apart. I appreciate your poem and agree with your messaging.

Yan
January 21, 2022 9:12 pm

It’s a very powerful poem. The parallel structure makes it very fluent and gives a powerful tone. I like the message you are trying to deliver.

January 21, 2022 9:08 pm

I like how you started this poem with questions and effectively argued the nonsense that racial discrimination is. Those questions hooked the reader and gave this poem a powerful stance using repetition as well as addressing the issue in our society. I like how you effectively portrayed your opinions and hope to read more in the future.

January 21, 2022 9:05 pm

This is so powerful. I like the repetition of “same” in the first several lines

January 21, 2022 9:04 pm

This strongly relates to society and has a powerful message. Thank you for sharing.

January 21, 2022 9:01 pm

I like your poem and the power behind its meaning. I think that it has some powerful words as well.

January 19, 2022 1:32 am

I like the themes of the poem and how clear it is that this topic really means something to you.

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