by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor
“You have to get over the fear of facing the worst in yourself. You should instead
fear unexamined racism. Fear the thought that right now, you could be contributing
to the oppression of others and you don’t know it. But do not fear those who bring
that oppression to light. Do not fear the opportunity to do better.” – Ijeoma Oluo
“The world does not need white people to civilize others.
The real White People’s Burden is to civilize ourselves.” – Robert Jensen
“When you have only ever experienced privilege,
equality feels like oppression.” – Adam Rutherford
To read Irene’s new poem “White Supremacy” click:
by Irene Fowler
White supremacy; self-anointed, egoistic, and deified
Land thefts, slave ships, oppression and genocide
White supremacy signed up the Pride for its ruthless roar and scary ride
Creating scorched-earth, merciless, world systems
A dangerous real-time, zero-sum game of thrones, lacking truth, care or wisdom
Annihilating planetary resources, societal kinships and vital life-cisterns.
It’s gonna be our way, or the highway; reason, and logic be panned
We alone can fix a world, gone so sad, bad, and mad
With our killing machines and nuclear buttons
Shaping a world for destruction; a waiting, ticking tragedy, ill-conceived and begotten
Yet, we alone can fix it, cos we are the chosen
Wizened masters of the universe, not to be broken, or frozen.
We pay the piper, so we call the wailing, dirgeful tunes
There is no moonwalking away from the world’s pall and doom
White supremacy cashed-in the crushing, brusin’ bill
Leaving empty the till of humanity’s trust, faith and goodwill
Depraved Trumpism and Putinism, a godless duopoly and set-up, for the world’s fall
White supremacy wants it their way, or not at all
The brotherly, common good, cast into snake pits
WS grown it! WS own it! WS blown it!
©2022 by Irene Fowler