The slaying of an activist

The slaying of an activist

 

No accusations

Of responsibility

No recriminations

No blame

Or shame

Not yet

Reality

We are all

Complicit

We’ve all

Listened

To the messages

Of hate

Dressed up

As political

Arguments

We’ve listened

But not objected

To the racist

Commentary

Dressed up

And called

Immigration

Or the hatred

Towards the poor

And those

Hanging on

To the bottom rung

That hatred

Ever present

Sometimes

Not even said

This move

To extremes

With people

Who should know

Much better

Stoking

The fire

Of emotions

That vilify

And make

it easier

far far easier

to pick up a gun

or a blade

and kill.

But I wonder

Did it make

A difference

That she was

A woman

And small.

But she is dead

And her children

Motherless.

And we must all

Ask ourselves

What will we do

Different.

What will we do

So that we remember

Our complicity.

 

 

RAC

 

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