Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Cause of the Rebel

The South Carolina legislature
is now considering
Governor Nikki Haley's request

to remove the Confederate flag
from the state Capitol

and other Southern states
with coincidentally Republican governors
are following suit.

Retailers including Amazon
Sears and eBay

are starting to ban
the sale of Confederate-adorned items.

Removing the symbol
won't fix what lies beneath it

and is step one of x

but some people have asked

why we can't just separate
the symbol
from its "ism".

That might be answered by

who gets to wear the symbol

and who gets to wear
the symbol's "ism"?

This poem © 2015 Emily Cooper.