by Georgia McDade
One day some of the Republican luminaries who gathered to defeat President Obama on Inauguration Day will apologize.
One day some of the Congresspersons who slowed or stymied progressive agendas will apologize.
One day Mondales’s Comprehensive Child Development Act of 1971 will become law as it could have had not Richard Nixon vetoed it.
One day citizens will marvel that we had a Supreme Court justice who said racial equality is racial entitlement.
I say this because I know of and know many who
cringe at the horror of slavery,
the ignorance of segregation,
the meanness of discrimination.
I say this because I know of and know many
who wonder that the first people in a land could be driven to reservations,
Africans in “The New World” could not be citizens,
a man be 3/5 of a person,
people be slaves,
women not vote,
and all of the inanities and inequities perpetuated because of race, sex, and gender, characteristics not ordained by choice.
One day the latest inanities and inequities will be the
subject of gazes, ahs, and how could theys.
Knowing this one day is approaching prevents me
from exploding and imploding this day.
I have but patiently to continue my journey,
willingly, regularly pointing out the asininity of
the past and how today we have to do better, be
better, or, at the least, I do.
Georgia McDade is an award-winning poet and author. She is a proud resident of South Seattle