Tuesday evening, January 15,2019 at 9: 10 p.m.
'Your silence will not protect you.'
- Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches
Ours is a culture of silent fear—
you need not look far to understand this.
Americans don't engage is serious discussions
of politics anymore, except at election time, nor
anything else of serious national importance.
Ours has become an entertainment culture.
Americans realize their opinions don't count,
that government, politicians will do as they want.
Citizens fear drawing attention to themselves,
so they remain silent, the silent collective—
almost everyone wants to conform to belong,
to fit in, to live in a nice house in the suburbs.
Life becomes a constant series of distractions.
Protests die fast. What will it take for Americans
to make their politicians accountable, to stand up
to this fear-mongering president who deals in hate?
We have lost touch with ourselves, our neighbors.