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

via Daily Prompt: Simplify

Originally published at ashandfeather.com on February 9, 2018.

Poet and author across several genres, with a love of photography and gardening. Find out more: https://linktr.ee/hearningcurve

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