The nature of our souls
Slow motion rollout
of a white horror show
Surreal white choices
(one would be too many)
to humor or ignore POTUS
A white-washed sense
of entitlement plus
to treat white-washed intruders
with white-kid gloves
Meanwhile, white POTUS cowers in the White House
Congressional Building guards caught
off-guard without a plan of attack
to restrain white-washed white folk
no game plan
no war-like riot gear
no immediate shooting
from the hip
just bald-faced white anger
sending a white message to
the world from white intruders
and white ‘defenders’ alike
Beyond this patch-up of verses, I don’t have a quick solution to our deadly, death-dealing disease that keeps strangers at a distance.
The challenge to President-Elect Joe Biden and to us as a nation is clear. It isn’t how did this happen, as though a better plan would have held back this surge. It’s about why this happened, and what we can learn from our own responses to it.
Yes, Mr. Trump incited this riot. On the other hand, it couldn’t have happened without the collusion of white America.
Distancing ourselves from our own national mess, ignoring it, or gasping in horror and then looking the other way isn’t an option. Especially for those who claim to follow Jesus of Nazareth. This isn’t about politics. It’s about the nature of our souls, measured by our willingness to begin at the very beginning. As strangers in need of each other.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 8 January 2021
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