Just Sayin'

My Muslim people-

you're insane

to keep trying at this charade

to prove your validity in the face

of a system that's based

on your inherent exclusion from it by saying,

"Look: fully American are we!

We've been here from the beginning-

part of the foundations of this country-

and we all share the same beliefs

in faith and in democracy."

Excuse me,


from such a slap in the face of history,

from this siding with hegemony

and partly validating its claims

so that you can be White, too,

and gain all the privileges of full citizenship

while studiously ignoring the bitter roots

of your eager grasping attempts at being the same

as those who would just as eagerly do away

with you.

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