Language of the Land

 

 

Of course, there is still great bigotry

We have hated throughout our history

 

The indigenous sent to reservations

The decimation of an entire nation

 

American born treated like tramps

In our Japanese internment camps

 

When slavery was to be abolished

Jim Crow laws were crafted and polished

 

The loving ones resisted by heated shove

Based solely judged on whom they love

 

Every ethnic witch hunt for colored hue

Where different meets an unfair due

 

The taxed territories who pay by rote

But we withhold their right to vote

 

And the lives we kill in prison cells

A hatred we must all see too well

 

Met by force with harming intent

We hate the words of any dissent

 

And the language of the land

Become the measure of the man

 

 

 

Comments
19 Responses to “Language of the Land”
  1. dessertflower5 says:

    So much truth in these lines

  2. sudrakarma says:

    Sad, but true. Sometimes I wonder who i’d be if I internalized all the lessons i’ve been taught by our so-called leaders’ actions instead of rejecting them reflexively. But then I look around me these days and wonder no more.

  3. beth says:

    wow, this one is so achingly sad and shows how history has repeated itself, over and over again. when will we learn to respect all of humanity?

  4. yassy says:

    Great stuff. It must be put into a school curriculum where kids can read this.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    a sad commentary on human nature.

    I’m curious if there is a link between the photo and the poem…

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    How many times throughout history can we still be making the same mistakes?

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad you just keep writing these beautiful heart tugging poems. I love the rhythm of this style. Such truth spoken in these words my friend. Beautiful work. Hugs and love ❤️ Jonikins

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