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Your Weekly Politickle: EVEN NOW

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EVEN NOW
All the peoples on earth, all the nations,
Have endured some unjust subjugations:
Is there one you can name
Who cannot make a claim
To their long overdue reparations?

From the archive

REPARATIONING
“How peculiar is my plight:
Being equally black and white,
I must dun myself
And accept my pelf
In order to put things right!”
(2008)

THE DEBT
By now it’s well-known and old news
That in slavery their forebears paid “dues,”
And yet no one has crowed:
Reparations are owed
By Egyptians today to the Jews.
(2002)

REPARATIONS
Life is so unfair!
It’s more than I can bear!
Starting today,
You all must pay
So I can have my share!
(2001)

BLANK LIKE ME
Census takers who tally my head
Will not know if I’m black, white, or red:
Because, in the space
To designate race,
I’ll inscribe the word “human” instead.
(2000)

PREFIXATION
Adding Euro- and Afro- won’t do:
Ethnic conflict will only ensue.
No hyphen for me:
I’m happy to be
An American through and through.
(1998)

Last week’s limerick

BRUISED GENDER
“I’m a man. No, a woman. No, man.
I change gender as fast as I can.
Call me ‘him,’ call me ‘her,’
But you’d better concur
With the gender I currently am.”

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