America You Are George Zimmerman.
America you are George Zimmerman.
Don’t flinch it’s true. You are the mad rain
of a gated Sanford night. Bleeding through
The exit wound. Ripped open over Iraqi sky.
America, February twenty-sixth nineteen
zero-nine, pelting the pitiful Florida walk,
don’t make me choke on my donut.
America, don’t listen to the radio today.
Paronoid sulk saints are singing punk rock.
Jesus would have gnashed his teeth.
Fuelled by Advil Barry Hussein is a
naked monster. Some sort of sunken-negro-
hollow-hooded hijab-wearing moslem-monster.
Peering through the grotesque windshield he’s
pissing on the ashes of John Henry.
Go get ‘em America. There’s a real suspicious
guy knocking on the globalized doors, fuck ‘em,
they’re late to the party anyway. Anyway
The break-ins in the neighborhood are endemic.
All talk of vigilante justice, but your parents are dead.
Stop pretending to their words America.
They were shot in a dark alleyway coming out
from a Zorro screening for Martha’s pearl necklace.
You have spent two hundred years hunting for Joe Chill.
For chrissakes America. You are vengeance you are the
night yes. There’s blood in your ledger though.
Remember the night you got your head stomped
against the gravel of the romp resenting the gleeful
cowboy pavement? Your teeth were biting in.
How did the soil get into your mouth?
The desert storm lashing against the windows maybe.
Ribbons of dirt and sand. Grains of unmelted glass.
Colliding against their paned smooth brothers.
America why are you outraged? Skittles are delicious.
Remember the calves of Abeer Qassim al-Janabi?
Perched sobbingly on your shoulders?
Her sisters and her mothers?
But of course you were defending yourself.
America the screek creach wail of caving concrete,
Boeing 757s & Emma T. Elementary,
the Pet Goat did some things that made the girl’s dad mad!
But of course you were defending yourself.
Tell me America I have to know.
Is butter a carb? I need to know
before I force-feed a fasting prisoner.
If she opens her mouth she wants it I know.
Don’t deny yourself America you were only defending yourself.
Boo you whore.
America I’m disappointed in you.
I don’t know what I was expecting.
How long will you let me rip off your Allen Ginsbergs?
How long will you let me rip off the pedo beat poets?
How long will you let me rip off your rabid boy fondlers
before a drone strike guts me in a video game raid
and a snot-faced-ex-hamster picks off my bones?
America I’m ready to betray my texts and my country,
they took my hair such a long time ago
I have no shame anymore. After all you
have already colonized my mind.
So come on America come at me now.
I will put my hood up in the rain and shuffle away
as the United Nations holler through
the phone—don’t do that, America,
don’t do that.
But America the pistol is in your hand.
In the heat of the scuffle the pistol is in your hand.
Through my ribs and my bones the pistol is in your hand.
As we kneel at the cock of the second amendment
sucking down the tip of your phallocentrism
spurting down the barrel coming hard for freedom
the pistol the pistol the pistol in your hand, shush shush shush
America the monsters scream boo! The children are crying.
Snowden still plays coy.
I heard Tom Hanks is hopping mad.
What do we do, America,
what do we do?
It stuns me into madness
oh please don’t go.
Tuck me safe into my grave again
with your arms America.
Turn the nightlight out.
& I shall tail you to the kitchen.
& I shall watch you sob again.
From the shadows as you choke.
From the choke you sob again.
With the metal in your mouth.
And the trigger at your teeth.
From the shadows as I watch.
From the choke you sob again.
Oh fuck me I can’t do it.
America you’re eating yourself out.
Stand your ground America.
Stand your ground.
❝ Although Islam predominated culturally in Moghul India, Hinduism remained vital and creative, and some Muslims and Hindus cooperated in the arts and in intellectual projects. The subcontinent had long been free of religious intolerance, and during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the most creative forms of Hinduism stressed the unity of religious aspiration: all paths were valid, provided that they emphasized an interior love for the One God. This clearly resonated with both Sufism and Falsafah, which were the most dominant Islamic moods in India. Some Muslims and Hindus formed interfaith societies, the most important of which became Sikhism, founded by Guru Namak during the fifteenth century. This new form of monotheism believed that al-Lah was identical with the God of Hinduism. ❞
—— A History of God, Karen Armstrong
❝ Be one of sweet patience in times of bitter matters. ❞
—— Imam Ali (AS)
going to sleep sad tonight because people died today. young men who were just trying to do their job. medics who just wanted to help. also sad that there was so much hateful knee-jerk racist & xenophobic comments against the bangladeshi & indian workers. sad that people only really talk about them now when they’re rioting & not the many, many times when they were mistreated, abused, underpaid/not paid at all, sleeping on iron beds without mattresses, endured hate from singaporeans or died because of unsafe workplace practices. riots don’t just happen.. you can’t just simplify it & write them off as “crazy”. they’ve been dehumanized enough, all day everyday. & of course what they did was horrible & detestable. but people don’t just suddenly get angry & become vicious. & you cant just sit there & think that you don’t have to interrogate how your attitude could have been complicit perhaps, in the injustice that migrant workers face.
everyone’s telling them to go home. maybe they should you know. & maybe they want to go home, but they can’t because it’ll take them up to a decade to earn enough money to return, because they were scammed into paying too much & their passports were taken from them. maybe they should go home.. nobody really listens to them here. who’ll build your skyscrapers now.
in the video i watched of the riots, there was a man pushing away other rioters, trying to stop them from rioting & damaging property. but nobody’s going to talk about that guy & people like him who bravely went into the fray & tried to stop things. everybody’s going to think they’re all the same, that they’re all one angry, ungrateful mob.
❝ Today it is common in the West to depict Islam as an inherently misogynistic religion, but, like Christianity, the religion of al-Lah was originally positive for women. During the jahiliyyah, the pre-Islamic period, Arabia had preserved the attitudes toward women which had prevailed before the Axial Age. Polygamy, for example, was common, and wives remained in their father’s household. Elite women enjoyed considerable power and prestige — Muhammad’s first wife, Khadija, for example, was a successful merchant — but the majority were on par with slaves; they had no political or human rights, and female infanticide was common. Women had been among Muhammad’s earliest converts, and their emancipation was a project that was dear to his heart. The Koran strictly forbade the killing of female children and rebuked the Arabs for their dismay when a girl was born. It also gave women legal rights of inheritance and divorce: most Western women had nothing comparable until the nineteenth century. Muhammad encouraged women to play an active role in the affairs of the ummah, and they expressed their view forthrightly, confident that they would be heard. On one occasion, for example, the women of Madina had complained to the prophet that the men were outstripping them in the study of the Koran and asked him to help them catch up. This Muhammad did. One of their most important questions was why the Koran addressed men only when women had also made their surrender to God. The result was a revelation that addressed women as well as men and emphasized the absolute moral and spiritual equality of the sexes. Thereafter the Koran quite frequently addressed women explicitly, something that rarely happens in either the Jewish or Christian scriptures.
Unfortunately, as in Christianity, the religion was later hijacked by the men, who interpreted texts in a way that was negative for Muslim women. The Koran does not prescribe the veil for all women but only for Muhammad’s wives, as a mark of their status. Once Islam had taken its place in the civilized world, however, muslims adopted those customs of the Oikumene which relegated women to second-class nature. They adopted the customs of veiling women and secluding them in harems from persia and Christian Byzantium, where women had long been marginalized in this way. By the time of the Abbasid Caliphate (750-1258), the position of Muslim women was as bad as that of their sisters in Jewish and Christian society. Today Muslim feminists urge their menfolk to return to the original spirit of the Koran. ❞
—— Karen Armstrong, A History of God
❝ In the West, Muhammad has often been presented as a warlord, who imposed Islam on a reluctant world by force of arms. The reality was quite different. Muhammad was fighting for his life, was evolving a theology of the just war in the Koran with which most Christians would agree, and never forced anybody to convert to his religion. Indeed the Koran is clear that there is to be “no compulsion in religion.” In the Koran war is held to be necessary to fight in order to preserve decent values, as Christians believed it necessary to fight against Hitler. ❞
—— Karen Armstrong, A History of God
❝ When the Christian Waraqa ibn Nawfal had acknowledged Muhammad as a true prophet, neither he nor Muhammad expected him to convert to Islam. Muhammad never asked Jews or Christians to convert to his religion of Allah unless they particularly wished to do so, because they had received authentic revelation of their own. The Qur’an did not see revelation as canceling out the message and insights of previous prophets but instead it stressed the continuity of the religious experience of mankind. It is important to stress this point because tolerance is not a virtue that many western people today would feel inclined to attribute to Islam. Yet, from the start, Muslims saw revelation in less exclusive terms than either Jews or Christians. The intolerance that many people condemn in Islam today does not always spring from a rival vision of God but from quite another source: Muslims are intolerant of injustice, whether this is committed by rulers of their own — like Shah Muhammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran — or by the powerful Western countries. The Koran does not condemn other religious traditions as false or incomplete but shows each new prophet as confirming and continuing the insights of his predecessors. The Koran teaches that God had sent messengers to every people on the face of the earth: Islamic tradition says there had been 124, 000 such prophets, a symbolic number suggesting infinitude. Thus the Koran repeatedly points out that it is not bringing a message that is essentially new and that Muslims must emphasize their kinship with the older religions. ❞
—— Karen Armstrong, A History of God.