Sunday, August 13, 2017

Injustice and Racism

Injustice and Racism

One person stands up
Speaking out against injustice
Another joins them
Speaking out against
Racism, hatred and bile
A statue that encourages hate 

Must be removed
Good people are trampled,
 Others join in
Who get out of bed
Every day to hate and divide
Might, not right
They think speaks
Domestic terrorism ensues
Blood is shed

We falter and some sway 
Brave people finding courage
Speaking up, deciding
This is not the way
Might is not right
Words and deeds count
Hate speech is wrong
We must remain vigilante
Speaking out against wrong
Calling evil by it's name
Lay blame on bigotry
Lay blame on white supremacists
Punishing those
Who commit atrocities
Teaching others
Teaching your children
Actions have consequences
Hoping that one day
Attitudes will change
And all hatred and racism
But only if we speak as one
Telling them it's wrong
And we will not tolerate 
Their wrong thinking anymore
They must change for 
Violence and hate speech 
Is never an answer
It's time to grow their brains
Reform and retract 
Ideas archaic and foolish
Or pay the consequences 
Jail time for hate speech or violence.

©Sheilagh Lee August 13, 2017

As victim Heather Heyer said 
'If you're not outraged you're not paying attention.'
R.I.P. Heather Heyer and police officers  Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates