I was inspired to form this poem during a meeting with the Task Force on Racism group for the Massachusetts Teachers Association this morning:
First, they pushed off the Indigionous People,
They were savages and they had land I coveted, so I said nothing.
Next, they chatteled the blacks,
They were not human, and they allowed me to create great power, so I said nothing.
Then, they limited the hyphenated groups as: Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, German-Americans, Asian-Americans, Jewish-Americans, and such.
They gave me opportunities and many assimilated, so I said nothing.
Now, I am supposed to feel bad for the history of what happened.
They are coming for what I am privileged to, so I say, “All lives matter.”