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i always felt

there was something wrong

even though my teachers

said it was alright

i always felt

there was really

no real control

checks and balances

preached to us in history class

somehow felt vague

distant

not clear

i always felt

how could it have been okay

to own slaves

but later i thought

when great black leaders

came forward to speak

about injustice

and newspapers

with angry young writers

that they could make a difference

once people heard

and read the truth

they would feel like i do

after all werent young black men

fighting in vietnam

right now

and so many years before

when they fought along side white men

in ww2

that things would change

when they got home

but as i read the news today

that feeling i had as a young man

seems to have been true

that in reality

who we thought we were

and said it loudly

proudly

what we are

who we really are

is not even close

to all that yelling

and righteous bellowing

because all those bright young men

will run away

when their income is in danger

or their ratings

or their tranquility

a million abuses

are accepted by so many god fearing

men and women

i understand better

how hitler was supported

then and now

which also clears up

why the pope ignored

or enjoyed

the death camps

why the allies did not bomb

the railroad tracks leading

to the black belching smoke stacks

of the death camps

they did not know

said the code breakers

and secret service

all this was wrong

i felt as a child

but somehow i also felt

we were a strong brave

great democracy

those comic books i read

i believed in

super man

boy commandos

captain america

dedicated to fight injustice

that was the real america

they taught me the truth

well it was to me then


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