Don’t Act Surprised

Uncle Sam can trace his roots

directly to the founding slave owners

and Indian killers

so, when he shoots an unarmed black person

don’t act surprised

he has long killed unarmed black people

and when he abuses a refugee

who is fleeing one of the many countries

that we helped destroy

don’t act surprised

he has long abused refugees of his own making

and when he separates children from their parents

don’t act surprised

remember the boarding schools?

remember, ‘kill the Indian, save the man‘?

do you really think

Uncle Sam’s hatred started

with the Muslim ban?

and when he locks people in cages

don’t act surprised

he has long locked human beings in cages

but those pages were left out of your text book,

the truth is there if you look real hard

see, there were little American flags

on the arms of the guards

at the ‘internment camps’

during the second world war

and if you can look past the lies

you’ll keep finding more

and more

but don’t let your newly-found rage die

the moment a person who looks and acts

far more humane than this current guy

puts on Caesar’s clothes…

because the kids won’t care

who is wearing the crown

since as long as the grass shall grow

Uncle Sam will have it out

for black and brown

from bombs over Baghdad

and Kabul

to bullets on the boulevard

and metal detectors in schools

it’s a never ending war

that YOU are paying for,

this never ending hell

where private prison cells

are more important than education and healthcare…

things didn’t just recently start to be unfair

it’s been like this from the beginning

it’s in our DNA

it’s as American as apple pie

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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