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That IS America
06/03/20
by Robert Ben Mitchell
786-262-5750 (USA)
trafn@yahoo.com

performed live at the Luna Legacy SAY NO MORE online open mic in England on 06/07/20

The bodies of black men
Hanging from trees

That IS
America

The annual Thanksgiving festivities
That celebrate the beginning of the end
For Native Americans

That IS
America

The Memorial Day that forgets
Concentration camp internments
Of 120,000 Japanese Americans
Lest they were left for
Brutal slaughter by whites
On the Streets of San Francisco

That IS
America

The Independence Day that hides a perpetual
Socio-political caste system of economic slavery
Oppressing generations of minorities

That IS
America

The President’s Day that can only honor
One chocolate chip
Amongst forty-two crackers
And a lying, cheating, cheeto

That IS
America

The churches which demand
They save our souls
While reserving the right
To rape our children

That IS
America

The labor leaders who vowed
To stand for workers
While stealing from those
They swore to protect

That IS
America

The immigrants - citizens or not - who
Pick our food
Slaughter our livestock
Build our homes
Clean our toilets
Cart our garbage
Yet are unworthy of our respect and humanity

That IS
America

The teachers who must live on food stamps
Lest they pay for their own food
And NOT be able to buy the very paper and pencils
Their students need so they can learn

That IS
America

The centuries-old misogynistic culture
That celebrates aggressive male promiscuity
While blaming females who are raped
As whores who asked for it
Deserving what they get

That IS
America

The Midwest factory farms
That feed feces to their animals
Because they no longer know
What to do with all the excrement
They produce

That IS
America - Bon Appetit

The lead paint, lead gas and lead pipes
That poisoned and continue to poison
Those who had and have no idea

That IS
America

The fact that we all remember
Kent State Massacre
But no one recalls
Orangeburg South Carolina State College Massacre

That IS
America

The reality that you can get fired
For kneeling on a football field
But you are just doing your job
When you kneel on the neck of George Floyd

That IS
America

The school-to-prison pipeline
That kneels on the necks of all minorities
So as to feed the insatiable greed
Of our privatized-prison shareholders

That IS
America

The hundreds of
Medgar Evers
Malcolm Xs
Martin Luther Kings
Murdered
For their political convictions

That IS
America

The thousands of
Emmit Tils
Michael Donalds
James Byrds
Murdered
Just for being a person of color

That IS
America

The millions of
Great Passage
Southern Plantation
Jim Crow South
Slaves and Children of Slaves
Murdered and forgotten
Just for being alive

That IS
America

Addie Mae Collins
Denise McNair
Carole Robertson
Cynthia Wesley

That IS
America

Sandra Bland
Botham Jean
Atatiana Jefferson
Breonna Taylor
Ahmaud Arbery

That IS
America

The hypocrisy
Of killing Affirmative Action
With Reverse Discrimination

That IS
America

The real “N” word
That no decent bible-belt white person dares to say
Is NOT nigger
But REPARATIONS

That IS
America

The homeless on our streets
The poor condemned to Section 8 housing
The single mothers holding down three jobs
The defunding of public education in support of charters
The right to hate those who dare to love

That IS
America

The shining casinos on the hill
Where those least fit to gamble away their futures
Are drawn like flies to bright light
And financial doom

That IS
America - though kudos to Native Americans who finally pulled one over on the pale faces

The Cuban sanctions
Punishment for overthrowing
One of our beloved puppet dictators

That IS
America

The brutal subjugation
Of evermore foreign lands
Through abusive international debt schemes

That IS
America

The Enrons
Exxons
Koch Brothers
And frackerdoms
Who sacrifice the Earth
On their alter of
Climate changing
Planet poisoning
Suicidal profit

That IS
America

The wealthcare system
Caring for the rich
Strangling all hope of
Socialized medicine for all

That IS
America

The vilifying cry against
Socialism
While everyone hopes and prays for a
Social security card

That IS
America

The red-lining exclusion from
White neighborhoods
But the red-lining inclusion in
Ninja loans

That IS
America

The murder of seventeen children
In Parkland Florida
NOT being the time
To talk about gun control

That IS
America

The tear gassing of peaceful citizens
Merely for a presidential photo-op
Rather than addressing
The fifty flavors of festering racism
Which stretch from sea to shining sea

That IS
America

The bombastic fake president
Administering a democracy of hypocrisy
Liar in chief where the buck never stops
Donald J. Trump
King of Avarice
Spreading disinformation and fascism in support of
White nationalism, supremacy and privilege

That IS
America

And the never-ending centuries of white dinosaurs
Roaming our hallways of power, preserving the
Industrial-Congressional-Military Complex
While whitewashing history so as to preserve their wealth
While obfuscating their inhumanity

That Too
IS America

America - land of the greed and the home of the betrayed

So, God Bless America?

NO!

Detest America
Protest America
Never accept America
While there is neither justice nor liberty for all

Why?

Because...

That IS
America

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released June 17, 2020

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