It’s Not Too Late

The state
would like
to eliminate
THE disabled/”other-abled”
The state
would like
to eliminate
THE poor.
The state
would like
to eliminate
THE elderly.
The state
would like
to eliminate
THE gays.
The state
would like
to eliminate
THE blacks.
The state
would like
To eliminate
THE Hispanics.
The state
would like
to eliminate
THE Asians.
The state
would like
to eliminate
THE Native Americans.
The state
would like
to eliminate
THE Muslims.
The state
would like
to eliminate
THE free, liberated woman.
The state
would like
to eliminate
THE other,
and if the state
can’t eliminate
with all its white fear and hate,
it can try to humiliate
but turn the other cheek —
force the state with its hate
to give you the slap of the hand
that acknowledges
you are
a woman, a man.
We are the Beloved Entity.
We are people;
we are due respect
for our human dignity.
Fear hides behind
the state.
But it’s not too late.
Join hand to hand;
protest peacefully
across the land
and sing the Peoples’ Anthem:
“This land is your land;
This land is my land;
This land was made for you and me.”*

*folk song written by Woody Guthrie
in protest of “God Bless America.”
The following protest verses were never
officially published with the song:

There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me.
The sign was painted, said ‘Private Property.’
But on the backside, it didn’t say nothing.
This land was made for you and me.

One bright sunny morning in the shadow of the steeple,
by the relief office I saw my people.
As they stood hungry,
I stood there wondering if God blessed America for me.

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