On August 12, everything changed.
To fight the fight was no longer just to fight the right
It became less of an ideological war and more of a public duty
Not only to advocate, but also to unite against hate
On August 12th, the resistance changed
To a movement will fight
the nomination of Jeff Sessions, the defense of oppression
And until it abates we will not wait
On August 12th, it all made sense.
When in July he joked to a group of cops to be harsher to those they are arresting
An indifference to systematic lynching of blacks
Whose only crime was their skin color
It finally made sense
When white nationalists came to Charlottesville to peddle hate
Despite those who stood for tolerance against anti Semitic lies, Trump blamed both sides.
There were some very fine people on both sides, he said.
Even on the side that shouted “Jews will not replace us”
But in the wake of the kneeling he attacked the strong black
Men who kneeled for the anthem
Those who dared to exercise their constitutional right
To fight against systematic oppression of African Americans
They were “sons of bitches”, he said
And the fact that he attacked the right to protest is one thing
But when those protesting for hate and a white ethnostate
Are quote unquote fine people in the eyes of our president
We have a problem.
Nuclear war, rising student loans, economic inequality, gerrymandering
All deserve our attention
But as defenders of liberty, as soldiers against hate
We must forget our ideological schisms
And stand against racism
Because the dissolution of our constitution is imminent.
When our president refuses to condemn such racialized hate
To appease a group of people who hardly make up his constituency
It’s hard to deny that our president is a bigot
When he pardons a sheriff who refused
To stop profiling Latinos we know society’s infused
With toxic prejudice enabled by our president
Promoting a police state, peddling sheer hate, as discrimination perpetuates
This is our president.