The Resistance

My America

June 6, 2017

Photo: Kayle Kaupanger

To all of my friends across the globe, to the north and the south. To the east and west: This is not the America I represent. My America has open arms, minds, and hearts. My America says, come in, how can I help? My America insists on justice for all and the beauty of truth. My America takes responsibility for its hypocrisy and sets about making things right. My America is accountable for so much death and destruction. My America makes amends. My America says I’m so sorry. My America says, we were wrong. My America says, here, let’s unmask the myths of opportunity and put all that love of money where our hungry mouths are. America, my America, says, we didn’t think of it first, or even second or third. My America says, let me redistribute, give you back your rivers and farms. My America says, I am a bully. I am an abuser. I am an addict. I am a victim. I am I am I am I am. My America says, it has been about me for too long. My America says, how are you? I’m listening. My America says, I was a kleptomaniacal sales rep thug wearing a nice suit. My America says, I’m checking myself into rehab. My America says, your body is not an abomination. My America says, all languages spoken here, translators will be provided free of charge. My America says, I am handing over the mic. My America says, you’ve heard enough from me. My America says, women always seem to come up with the best solutions. My America says, queer bodies deserve safety, black and brown bodies deserve safety, undocumented bodies deserve safety, children’s bodies deserve safety. My America says, I have been so arrogant. My America says, enough. Enough. Enough.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Shannon June 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Very very powerful.

    • Reply jenarschwartz@gmail.com June 13, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Thank you, Shannon.

  • Reply Nancy Jean June 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Wanted to share with you a post I wrote a few weeks ago, about how it feels to be an American in Italy. https://middlepond.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/being-an-american-now/

    • Reply jenarschwartz@gmail.com June 13, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Nancy, thanks for sharing this. I’ve been thinking so much about how American is becoming/has become a global pariah. Appreciated reading about your recent experience abroad.

  • Reply Christine Barker June 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    thank you we are listening and want to hear the words that we can partner with without losing our own identity or self ,personal and democratic actualization.

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