Tag Archives: racism

Racism’s Reason Sonnet



Racist outrages shock our consciences
Shootings, lynchings & incarcerations
Call into question myths of justice’s
True mechanical machinations 

Shortcomings continue year after year
Confounding well intentioned people
But it doesn’t take demographers near
To see that this system’s been unequal

Reform never gets any real traction
Because this constitution benefits
Our Caucasian affirmative action
Which, good white people quietly admit

Racism is no accident for us

It is white people’s social insurance



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The Show Me State

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(Today’s Haiku Journal on Ferguson)

9. Do white people know/
The feelings Black people have/
When cops just kill us?/
#haiku

10. Don’t live in ghettos/
Suburban Strip-Mall no-wheres/
Imprisoned by cars/
#Haiku

11. Don’t live in projects/
Lego-stacked suspensions of/
Human civil rights/
#Haiku

12. In our middle class/
Pretentions of normalcy/
Black lives lack value/
#Haiku

13. Our white friends can’t know/
Insecurity we feel/
When Blacks are gunned down/
#Haiku

14. Projects or exurbs/
“They are poor in those ghettoes/
So diff’rent than ‘us'”/
#Haiku

15. But to the dull tool/
Of racist policing we’re/
Just some more niggers/
#haiku

16. Reduce privilege/
And pay the police much more/
We might get justice/
#Haiku

17. Uneducated/
Underpaid police receive/
Unjust Power’s Pay/
#Haiku

18. We need to attract/
Better people to police/
Not red-necked bullies/
#Haiku

19. The black cops we have/
Absorbed the racist power/
Of job they strap on/
#Haiku

20. But many Blacks fear/
Blacks men inordinately/
Just like the police/
#haiku

21. White supremacy/
Lies all over our culture:/
Suffocating snow/
#Haiku

22. We cannot see Blacks/
As just individuals/
In racist matrix/
#Haiku

23. “Devil’s food cake” is/
The national confection/
Of America/
#Haiku

24. It’s “our” racism/
Contrary statements of race/
Are simple “white lies”/
#Haiku

26. Race is a prison/
We reconstruct for ourselves/
We need more jailbreaks/
#haiku

27. Lamenting order/
Over human righteousness/
Suggests racism/
#haiku

28. Tranquility lacks/
The drama of infringement/
Victimization/
#haiku

25. “Faith has to [function]/
[For us] 24 hour [days],/
Or we [will] perish.”/
#Haiku 16