Stand with the Sioux, Kneel for the Anthem

We should be standing with Standing Rock

And kneeling for the anthem.

America was never great

It was all just a dream

A dream chased by immigrants

By our ancestors

Grandparents

Parents

You

Me

America is a country

Built on stolen land

By thieves and slave owners

Murderers and rapists

(Immigrants themselves)

Who then changed their own history

Had holidays in their honor

Convinced generations of children

Of their greatness.

We should be standing with Standing Rock

And kneeling for the anthem.

Native American sacred land is being stolen

All over again

Burial grounds destroyed

The bones of cherished souls

Thrown about

Like so many worthless stones

To advance a pipeline of profits

For the Trumps of the world

A pipeline of environmental destruction

Water destruction

When

Water

is

Life.

Is this our generation’s

Trail of Tears?

Why is no one

Protecting

The Protectors?

We should be standing for Standing Rock

And kneeling for the anthem.

Taking a knee

Is no different than

Taking a seat

Where you’re forbidden to sit;

In the front of the bus,

At a lunch counter,

In the middle of a busy street.

Taking a knee

Isn’t disrespectful,

To be clear.

It’s a call to action.

It’s a call to do better.

It’s a challenge.

We should be standing for Standing Rock

And kneeling for the anthem.

The Standing Rock Sioux

Are standing up for their water

Therefore, their lives.

The Standing Rock Sioux

Are standing up against

Corporate giants

Armed with attack dogs

Militarized police

Bottomless financial prowess

Politicians with overflowing pockets.

We should be standing with Standing Rock

And kneeling for the anthem.

Colin Kapernik

Kneeled for the national anthem,

But really to call out

Racism

Is

Real

And

Black

Lives

Matter

And because the names

Eric Garner

Freddie Gray

Tamir Rice

Margaret LaVerne Mitchell

Kendra James

Need to be known

And not forgotten.

We should be standing with Standing Rock

And kneeling for the anthem.

 

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