13 August 2017
Written in response to the white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017, during a summer of hatred. But hatred has no season, and years later, that long summer has yet to end. I may modify and add to this poem over time.
when necessary Condemn Condemn white supremacists kkk nazis whatever name they are going by now whatever pride they take in their hate Condemn them always if necessary Condemn family and friends Condemn them if necessary parents siblings relatives even though we grew up with them have no blood loyalty to hate the people we grew up with even our friends have no loyalty to hate Condemn violence hatred bigotry it is necessary always Condemn their violence their hatred their bigotry Condemn everyone who hates their beliefs lacking skepticism their faith lacking love their options lacking facts their choices lacking responsibility clergy atheists scientists creationists eugenicists academics philosophers politicians authority figures the white house public figures celebrities loud figures news anchors reporters personalities artists poets writers tellers of jokes Condemn them when they hate Condemn religion and dogma when they hate Condemn bad science pseudoscience new age supernatural spirituality when these lead to hate Condemn the blunt weapon Condemn of the practice of free speech without free response Condemn their lack of responsibility Condemn Condemn! white supremacy right now Condemn the worst in you Condemn your hate and your parents’ hate born in you Condemn silence complicit condoning silence Condemn those who attack the most vulnerable Condemn those who create straw people to fear they create straw people so they can hate more deeply Condemn free markets without free response capitalism without critique opinion without expertise we have wasted a world for war we have wasted a world with our guns we have wasted a world with our waste without free response without basic decency without reparations or cleanup without open borders we have wasted a world we have sent our worst upon every shore and there are more shores than these Condemn our worst Condemn oil Condemn capitalism Condemn ignorance and the breaking waves of disease on every shore Condemn oil companies and anti-vaxxers Condemn gatekeeper who hold the gates of hate Condemn their lack of empathy Condemn the polluted waves drowning the world in hate Condemn celebrity worship and cults of personality Condemn Condemn! have no loyalty to hate no loyalty to invaders no loyalty to the Russian government led by Putin Condemn Putin Condemn invaders when necessary it is necessary Condemn hate Condemn hate! and Protect each other the planet freedom democracy life