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Along with Ode to the Chameleon, Facing It touches upon the subject of racial identity. He writes, “A white vet's image floats / closer to me, then his pale eyes / look through mine. I'm a window” (25-27). This description is very vague, and raises many questions; “Does the white vet see the speaker as someone with whom he has some shared history? In other words, does the white vet recognize the speaker to be a black vet and an equal?" (Kraus). Komunyakaa reveals what it’s like to be an african-american fighting alongside white soldiers. Even though he fought for the same cause as everyone else, he may not be seen as an equal. Empathy is vital in Komunyakaa’s opinion, so he writes poems from a variety of perspectives to connect ‘average’ people to other types of people in history that are not often written about in american literature (Salas).
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