Big Green Micro-Aggressions
They say it came from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Tainos, uttered just as one world perished and another began; that it was a demon drawn into Creation through the nightmare door that was cracked open in the Antilles. Fukú americanus, or more colloquially, fukú - generally a curse or doom of some kind; specifically the Curse and the Doom of the New World.
No matter what its name or provenance, it is believed that the arrival of Europeans on Hispaniola unleashed fukú on the world, and we’ve all been in the shit ever since."
Lies they told us:
They said, “A dad is the only man a girl can trust”
But my dad left us
And we were homeless for a while
They said, “High school are the best years of your life!”
But to get out of class we pulled the fire alarm
And left bomb threats in the bathroom.
The kids who tried were nerds, brown nosers, teachers’ pets.
The teachers who tried had chairs thrown at them, nasty little words written about them in bathroom stalls, their cars or wallets stolen.
The class put tape in my French teacher’s hair.
And we laughed because she had given us too much work.
They never told us that Ms. Perriello would die before graduation,
Shot by her husband seven times in the chest in front of her three-year-old son.
That a student would put a bomb in my soccer coaches mailbox
Because he was bullied by the racist son
Who ended up going to prison for stealing a state trooper’s gun
They never said that our class president who drank at a party would be raped
But they said that she was a slut, a whore, a liar, a bitch,
They said that Jazzie was selfish
When she took her own life
They said that there is equal opportunity
But they never told us about applying to college.
that we never had the same chances as the rich kids the town over
Or the kids who went to Exeter or Andover.
That the kid who knew the capital of every country in the world in the sixth grade would drop out of community college because he couldn’t afford it.
They never told us that even if we were the luckiest ones, who were able to escape this place, the outside world was not welcoming.
They said all these things
And then they said blame the poor."
two weekends ago frat AD & sorority TriDelt held white supremacist “ghetto party”. 200 students attended pic.twitter.com/xmmBbaJH9x