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The White Knight

2/30 The White Knight

April 3, 2013 at 8:03am
2/30. April 2, 2013. This is at least good for getting starts down.

The White Knight

500 years ago today
white people landed in
what is now Florida.
Yay!
And the genocide began.

No mistake, I was raised
on tales of glory, our people
overcame much, experienced tragedy
in this taking of the land
Manifest Destiny
the divine appointment of a land
filled with conveniently disposable savages.

And wouldn't you know, the resident
savages were so irascible we had to
import a more docile variety.
At great expense, mind you,
and don't you know they were ungrateful
for the many advantages
they were granted.

500 years, well that's been over for
a while now. So it's over. We, now, did not do that
so how can we be held accountable?
I did not choose to be born white.
Oh of course I'm horrified by what
those people did. Yes they are my
ancestors. Yes. YES,

My cousins, uncles, great grandfathers.
Did that.
The ancestor stories, pruned as carefully
as bible class. Yes,
they were all very nice white people
who did great things.
For white people.
Thieves. Rapists. Murderers. Ancestors.
But that's all over now because that
was all long ago, right? Right?

The sins of the father shall be visited upon the sons.
The sins of the father shall be visited upon the sons.
The sins of the father shall be visited upon the sons.

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