"Hate" (a wiki-poem)

by Jim Benz

"... liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God."
--Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), October 18, 2008

On the other hand ...

Andrew Goodman was a civil rights activist.
Balbir Singh Sodhi owned a gas station.
Ben White was a handy man.
Clarence Triggs was a bricklayer.
Denise McNair was a Sunday School student.
Emmit Till was a kid on vacation.
Fannie Sellins was a union organizer.
George Engel owned a toy store.
George Lee was a minister.
Herbert Lee was a farmer.
Henry Dee was a college student.
Henry Glover was just trying to survive.
Isaac McGie worked for the circus.
Ita Ford was a nun.
Jawad Wassel was a filmmaker.
Johnie Mae Chappell was a housekeeper.
Justin Enos was a native American.
Kenneth Cummings was a flight attendant.
Lemuel Penn was an Army Reserve officer.
Linda Kraeger was an English instructor.
Mary Turner was eight months pregnant.
Matthew Shepard was a political science major.
Oneal Moore was a deputy sheriff.
Philip Walstead worked for American Airlines.
Rosewood was a town in Florida.
Stephen Johns was a security guard.
Vincent Chin was a draftsman.
Viola Liuzzo was a mother of five and a student.
Willie Edwards drove a grocery truck.

And Robin Hayes? He's just another fucking moron.


Posted on 09/29/2010
Copyright © 2018 Jim Benz

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 09/30/10 at 10:01 PM

Nothing, no barriers or chains or trip-of-fate - could keep me from logging in today to salute this, Jim.

Posted by Therese Elaine on 10/07/10 at 08:12 PM

And just what does it mean to be a 'real American'...is there some part of my person, tangibly, obviously, obnoxiously screaming the state of my birth, the nature of my personal politics, the level of my acceptance of gender roles, the depth of my drives and the perversity of my personal predilections...does any of that make me any the more real than anyone else...because if we're being honest, I'm made real only by my ID card, my tax bracket, my level of education completed, my credit score, my bank balance, my debts and the number of people I could convince to write a letter of recommendation for me. And that being the case, I think I'd just prefer to be known as an 'Accidental American.'

Posted by Laura Doom on 11/09/10 at 11:38 AM

I guess you'll have some idea how I feel about this one, so I'll just add it to my f list and hope for the improbable.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 11/30/10 at 12:50 AM

Jim, thanks for this. This is the first Wiki-poem I have seen. Having all the references right there is fantastic. It throws light into the darkness. It is a history lesson. Thanks a bunch, man.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/20/11 at 08:03 PM

Jeez, I had not read this one. I have to salute Wiki for getting it out there. The Conservative pedia was pretty scary.

Posted by Mo Couts on 06/29/11 at 01:58 AM

Wow. This is really interesting and unique! Nicely done.

Posted by Ulyss Rubey on 10/12/11 at 05:03 PM

You "hit it out of the park"

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