New Poem: Speciation

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Destroy the environment. Destroy society. Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe. Continue reading

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New Poem: This is a Picture

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I remember the first time I saw this photo. I thought “this is terrible, but maybe this is just what we need to finally get people to act.” I was naive, it is a flaw of mine. Despite my bitching, and my general cantankerousness I want to believe the best of people. Now we have in the highest administrative office of our government a man eager to make things worse, and backers, far too many backers, who are urging him on. Maybe we all need to really see this photo, with our eyes wide open, for the first time.
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New Poem: Because I Would

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I have given up on calling these Poetry Month posts. I have obviously dropped the ball this year. Hopefully I will do better next year. Regardless I have to do better about just sitting down and writing, no matter how I feel. If I am feeling angry, I should just let the writing take care of it for me.
Speaking of feeling angry, I could spill syllable after syllable, paragraph after paragraph and incalculable bandwidth explaining why black men and women are killed by the rest of us. I could but I will boil it down to the simple psychological theory of transference. If you don’t already get what I mean, I will let the poem explain it for you. Continue reading

Race and Cultural Liability in America

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Mixed in the ugliness since Bob McCulloch punted on indicting Darren Wilson has been a certain amount of hand wringing and derailment from self-professed allies. More or less well-meaning individuals have, in between desperate attempts to cling to a mythical view of the Civil Rights Movement, have admonished us that “we are all responsible for ending racism.” Those allies not actually part of the activist community can be excused, a little, for such a short-sighted view. They do not have the back ground in social theory, and certainly not critical race theory to see where this fails. Members of the left who are at least partially involved in activism should know better though. That they do not is frustrating, doubly so because they fuel the finger wagging from our nation’s cultural right and help perpetuate the hurt of racism in America. The implication is that black people in America are just as responsible for ending racism and that is just plain not true. Yes we should all be equally invested in it (though usually we are not, but we know which way THAT inequality weighs) but we are NOT equally responsible. Continue reading

Reflections on America’s Racial Clusterfuck

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“If you ain’t better than a n—-r, son, who are  you better than?”
Gene Hackman’s Agent Anderson quoting his father in Mississippi Burning

The above sentence says it all. So much of the acrimony since Monday night’s announcement that Darren Wilson will not face justice, at least from a Missouri court, for his crime, so many of the cruel comments, posts, memes and tweets I have read all week, not just from strangers but from neighbors and family, can be summed up in the attitude of a fictional character based on an ugly reality of American life. The victim blaming, willful ignorance even in the face of Darren Wilson’s very disturbing testimony (more on that below,) the tut-totting of even supposed allies over riots (more on that too) are just symptoms of White America’s need, sometimes unacknowledged, some times very much acknowledged, to maintain a strict racial hierarchy Continue reading

Can’t Quite Put My Finger On It… Oh Wait, Yes I Can

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From the outset I want to be honest and note that I did not watch the “discussion” Ben Affleck had with Sam Harris and Bill Maher about Islamophobia. I’ll read a transcript sometime but when it comes to debate I would much rather read than watch, it allows a more careful examination of all the points being made. Well, that, and I really have no desire to listen to Sam Harris. Bill, with the exception of this issue, yes, but Sam, the hell with that. I will say that I am happy that someone with something of an audience finally called Bill and his fellow race baiting friends in the atheist “movement” out on their bullshit. Continue reading