They say they want to make America great again
But to them, I ask, when was it great?
Was it great in the 1950’s when little black girls and little black boys
were told to drink from different water fountains than little white girls and little white boys
as if their darker lips were filled with toxins
rather than the same human flesh?
Was it great back in the day
when women were prisoners of their own homes
bound by the chains of sexism and the superiority of their husbands
reduced to nothing but a womb to provide them with sons?
Was it great when our soldiers came home from war
scarred by the images of bombs and village raids and children dying
only to be left with PTSD and unemployment and a corrupt system that did nothing to help them?
Was it great when we poisoned our own people in Flint
filling their children with lead
depriving them of the basic necessity of water?
Was it great when our president
the man you elected
spoke about groping women without their consent?
Because, after all, it’s just locker room talk
And, hell, she was probably just asking for it, right?
Just like the millions of girls in college who had a little too much to drink
or showed a little too much skin
or spoke a little too flirtatiously without even knowing it
Was America great when lovers across the country
had to fight and protest and die simply to have their love validated?
Because it’s Adam and Eve, after all, not Adam and Steve
And the separation of church and state is only valid
when the church is a mosque worshiping Allah
because Islam has no place in our pure, Christian country
and we treat our women and gays and children better than them, right?
Was America great when a man fatally shot 20 children in Connecticut
taking their lives before they even begun?
Because the right to bear arms comes before
the right of women to show bare arms in dresses and tank tops
without being violated or touched or harassed simply for showing their own skin
Is America great when we, as a people, believe our past can be better than our present?