Oversimplified: The Trouble With Not Being Troubled
I wouldn’t think it necessary, but just to be safe: This poem doesn’t condone what it says. It’s a mockery of the simplistic arguments people with unacknowledged privilege use to sweep aside real condemnations of a system that is not broken, but working exactly as intended. This is a poem about privilege.
Can’t we all just get along?
Just because you’re right,
doesn’t mean I’m wrong
Every story has two sides
And both deserve equal air times
Police are nice if you just obey
You’re not here to kneel, just play
I don’t care about politics
All these protests make me sick
So I’m only going to share good news
Those people should walk a mile in my shoes!
Maybe then they’d stop playing the pity card,
Get a job and try working hard
I’m not racist; my hairdresser’s black
I just think they should try a different tack
Maybe it is profiling, but what else can we do?
Every stereotype is based on something true
Why worry about Syrians, gays, and neutral nets,
When we’ve got starving homeless vets?
Type ‘Amen’ and share
Ignore if you don’t care
Originally published at ashandfeather.com on February 9, 2018.