The American Delusion (A Poem)

February 8, 2016

 

The American Delusion

(A poem of resistance and remembrance)

 

The American dream is an illusion
Land of opportunity?
a Trumped up delusion 

A legacy of terror we still refuse to see

Land of the free?

Home of the slave and the lynching tree.

 

Founded on the supremacy of the Anglo race
America manifested a destiny of privilege and disgrace
But this is not our promised land
It was holy native ground stolen by the white man

 

Until America repents from our original sin
we're doomed to repeat it again and again 
Like Cain, we have skeletons we're not able to hide
Like the old deceiver Jacob, we've stolen and lied
We deny that America’s first domestic terrorists were white 
who held onto power as a divine birthright

 

“Give us your tired, huddled masses longing to be free”
and watch the life get choked out
Eric Garner still can't breathe

If protest is the language of the unheard
then "Black Lives Matter" is the spoken word                        
Don't you know silence is consent? 
Democracy doesn't work without dissent 
So speak up for the victims of state sponsored genocide
and the Sandra Blands who didn't have to die
Say her damn name!                                                                                                                                           

But instead we just pass the blame
portraying injustice as a victimless crime
letting Zimmerman roam free
while Marissa serves time
I guess justice is dumb and mute
as well as blind

 

“Hands up, don't shoot!”
Dead bodies on the street still not proof?
How long will justice delay?                                                              For Trayvon, Laquan, Tamir, and Freddie Gray
Politicians pandering, it’s all white noise

Whatcha gonna do to end the deaths of black boys?

 

Talk is cheap
don't believe your own chatter 
You say, “justice for all”
but you can't even say “black lives matter!”

"No Justice, No Peace.

No Justice. No Peace."

You'd say the same if it was your child's blood on the streets

 

"16 shots and a cover up"
Rahm the gig's up
What’s the matter, cops got your tongue?
Just cause McCarthy's gone doesn't mean the people won
Power concedes nothing without a fight
We maybe tired but we aren’t in no ways done

 

The rich are getting richer
the poor are getting prison
The New Jim Crow 
is an even crueler rendition

Alexander said the War on Drugs was a War on blacks

That's what happens when you only police one side of the tracks

So I know why the caged birds sing

Cause the bell of freedom fails to ring

Maybe the dream died alongside Dr.King

When the levees break
we see who gets the tax breaks 

we got to get our facts straight
Fact is, there's cracks in the country's foundation
we’re no “land of liberty,” we’re a prison nation

 

Bono said “America is an idea”
but ideas can destroy, kill, and steal
We need a new deal                                                          

Another Reconstruction                                     

Where we see anti-blackness deconstructed                                cause white supremacy is a weapon of mass destruction 
Whites so charged with vitriol they can't think straight                Just shows, you can remove the flag from the state
but it's much harder to remove the hate

 

But we don't want prophets we want parrots
We got more sticks than we got carrots
We aren’t the United States
we’re the divided states 
Once separated by law
now separated by choice
Once denied the right to vote
now silencing the prophetic voice                      

What would Jesus say about segregation in his congregation?

Maybe Jeremiah was right 
God can’t bless this damn-nation.

 

When will we raise the valleys and 
bring down the mountains?
When will communities like Flint no longer drink from colored fountains?

When will we stop pretending all is well

And see “the whole damn system is guilty as hell”?
When will justice roll down like waters
and “justice for all” include all America’s sons and daughters?

 

 

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