White, Old Men in Charge of My Future

White, old men in charge of my future.
Relentlessly they resist the truth.
Spread the fear and grand old party cheer,
Corruption and deception they choose.
White, old, privileged men in charge of my future.
Increase the fear that single mothers on welfare,
That gays and immigrants
and those that dare to stand up to them - are poison for the state.
Defending power, defending wealth
Defending lies that protects them
Compromising their own credo.
The only grand that they possess is their ego.
White, old, privileged man in charge of my future.
Spread hopelessness and perturbation.
Set themselves to be in control.
Repeatedly applying pressure and make me believe I play no role.
White, old man dictates my future,
Just a step away from their graves.
They pass the laws I must obey.

15 comments

  1. “Old white men are the powers that be in politics
    that rule, govern, regulate, controll
    our Americans present and future
    as they did the past only because Americans
    failed to use their power to vote them out of office
    replacing them with power that governfairly
    not ruling unfairly!” By: Van Prince

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  2. We decrie racial prejdice, gendered language, etc. Which is certainly correct. But this poem falls back on the same rhetiroc we decry in other. White is bad. Old is bad. This is no way to appeal to intelligent people, who atually do have the power to change things. IMO.

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    1. I agree with you that historically, white and older men have been influential in protecting others’ rights, but those are far fewer.
      This poem is not about blame casting; it is about what you see when you look at the US’s political leadership and politicians’ decisions. When you look at any party, what do you see? This poem is not really about all old and white men; it is about what we see when we look at the political leadership, governors, senators. Over 90 % of the politicians precisely as described. I find it interesting that many omit the word “privileged,” an example of wealthy corporate America that believes they are above the law and believe that they are to dictate to the rest of us how to thrive. This is who dictates the law – privileged men, who happen to be predominantly white and old. These men, who try to trump women’s rights, the rights of minorities, nonheterosexual rights, immigrants who try to dictate the future for the next generation based on their perception and outdated point of view. This poem is not about gender or age, or race, but the visual look at any photograph of our political leaders. This is about the lack of representation that could truly reflect the American population.

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