Claiming America

Claiming America is something you need to do every day, with every action.

Unless you are me – I’m not allowed to claim it – It’s not for me.

Because somebody decided people who share my skin color are stupid.
Because some people who look like me are religious extremists.
Because some people who share my skin color have made bad decisions.
Because some people in my economic class are liars and criminals.
Because some people who share my sexual orientation are extremists.
Because some people who share my skin color have more than they deserve.
Because you see people who share my skin color on the TV, doing bad things for money.
Because some people who share my sexual orientation have committed sex crimes.

I deserve no opportunity.

I deserve no identity.

I deserve to have only guilt.

I deserve to have only derision.

I deserve to be portrayed as soulless.

I deserve to have my every choice second guessed.

I deserve having to scrutinize my every word to avoid being offensive.

I deserve nothing better than disrespect and stereotyping.

Because I am not transgendered, disfigured, disabled, downtrodden, extremist, or on the fringe.
Because I have a job, I finished high school, I have some money.
Because I’m a man, I have no kids, no wife.
Because I’m white.

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