by Todd Matson

there was once a church
bursting at the seams
with young, devoted
passionate white people
who would do almost anything
to bring people in
she was once a city on a hill
an island of love
peace, joy, hope, grace
in a sea of human need
but that was before the sea
began teeming with racial diversity
before she began to kill
her pastors and prophets
who dared to speak
of lowering the nets
for anyone in need
regardless of race
and now she is an aging
dwindling, pathetic lot
of white terminally ill castaways
surrounded by a sea of people of color
pseudo-sanctified white supremacists
dressed in their sunday best
with stereotypes and bigitries
glorified and baptized
many years ago
in their own little
harbor of hatred
she is a sick caricature of Atlantis
a lost city
blind to the rainbow embracing her
a lost city
sinking into the sea

Ethnicitis by Todd Matson

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