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11231, RE: what about
Posted by cued, Wed Oct-10-01 10:06 AM
I am an American.

And I am anti-American.

There are those who would say that my views are biased because I am Black
and male
and gay
and transmesh

because I struggle to eat
wear clothes
keep a roof over my head

because my people were slaves
because they were poor, too
because they struggled and died
or were cowed

But I know that these are all excuses
excuses to not listen to what I have to say
in fear
that it might crack
people's perceptions
and open their eyes.

I know that people of color
tend not to be
as duplicitious
as Americans
They are being bombed
and it seems
to me
they are very resiegned to this
they know they can't do anything
to stop it
giving up bin Laden won't do it
as the US has decided
to go into Iraq
and get the bad guy there, too
and into Pakestan
because they are all Muslims
What I am seeing from Americans
is good ol' rhetorical ethic
or lying
they said they wanted bin laden
and that he was in Afghanistan
why are they going into Pakestan
why are they going into Iraq?

I am an American
who is anti-America
and no, I won't get the hell out
until it takes me back
from wherever the hell it got me
I am anti-American because I know
being so perfectly marginalized
what great harm this country has
because it is off-balance
and if I keep shining
perhaps some balance will come
but I will probably be rotting in my grave
or scattered into the wind
before that happens.

I know this country is built on bias
and no one is ever supposed to look
outside of them or into them too closely.
But I do.
I have to.
My life, the lives of my people, the lives of my Ancestors
the lives of my children
have, do, will depend on it.

It comes down to a matter of trust.
and of babies
how often, do you think
a child has to get bashed in the head
before it recognizes the truth?

We are the children.
America, oh America.


"americans are gross!" -utamaroho

Uplifting thoughts:

"We are the end result of our ancestors prayers as they died. We you are the sum total of their answered prayers."

"I am because we are; we are because I am."

"falling in love with somebody's soul...their essence their personality their walk their talk the way they speak and smile...no matter what the physical outer body is..male or female...is a temptation i hope i am never foolish enough to resist." - Hot Damali