Pledge

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Why stand for the Pledge of Allegiance?

Submitted: May 04, 2017

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In class,

I stand up

And face the flag;

 

I stand

For hatred and crime;

 

I stand

For sexism against women,

Who can’t be elected nor pay their bills;

 

I stand

For racism against blacks,

Who can’t stroll the streets above the blanket of fear;

 

I stand

For ageism against the elderly,

Who can’t afford to retire;

 

I stand

For sectarianism against atheists,

Who can’t be elected nor voice themselves;

 

I stand

For racism against Hispanics,

Who are shipped out of the country like merchandise;

 

I stand

For classism against the poor,

Who are forced into smaller and smaller houses;

 

I stand

For racism against Natives,

Who can’t healthily live on the land of their ancestors;

 

I stand

For capitalism against Mother Earth,

Who cannot buy much more manufactured pollution;

 

I stand

For ageism against the young,

Who cannot afford an education;

 

I stand

For racism against Middle Easterners,

Who get kicked off planes for speaking their mother tongue;

 

I stand

For sectarianism against Muslims,

Who face the ingrained label of “Terrorist”;

 

I stand

For ableism against the handicapped,

Who are denied proper utilities and health care;

 

I stand

For casteism against prisoners,

Who are locked up with little chance of rehabilitation;

 

I stand

For militarism against humanity,

Which collapses under guns and rockets;

 

I stand

For totalitarianism against political enemies,

Who are robbed of say in the social process;

 

I stand

For chauvinism against LGBT+ individuals,

Who can’t be themselves without a fight;

 

I stand

For racism against whites,

Who have to constantly apologize for the acts of their ancestors;

 

I stand

For nativism against foreigners,

Who learn to hide in the shadows;

 

I stand

For totalitarianism against the poet,

Who is censored in his pursuit of art;

 

I stand

For anti-semitism against Jews,

Who bow down to the Christian majority;

 

I stand

For white suprematism against others,

Who fight back in vain;

 

I stand

For sexism against young men,

Who fear historical recurrence in a draft;

 

I stand

For rabid materialism against the poor,

Who learn to wake up from the American Dream;

 

I stand

For practical geocentrism against intellectuals,

Who voice differing opinions in the dark;

 

I stand

For conservatism against necessary change,

Which seems to only move backwards;

 

I stand

For racism against Asians,

Who are expected to succeed in a world set against them;

 

I stand

For blind nationalism against foreign citizens,

Who are held to a lower standard than Americans;

 

I stand

For manufactured optimism against the Human Spirit,

Which is let down again and again;

 

I stand

For speciesism against non-humans,

Who are murdered by the spread of Earth’s virus;

 

I stand

For fascism against the American people,

Who see it in the eyes of their orange leader;

 

I stand

For individualism against the excluded,

Who have no one, no government, to fall back on;

 

I stand

For totalitarianism against the powerless,

Who are raped by the rich and influential;

 

I stand

For everything that stands

Against us.

 

No,

I sit.

 

I sit

For integrity,

For compassion,

For hope.

 

I hear

Jingoism,

Xenophobia,

Sexism,

Ignorance,

Ageism,

Arrogance,

Racism,

Conformity,

Americanism,

And people pledging themselves to these things.

 

I don’t move my mouth,

But my heart is moved,

And a moved heart does more than a mouth that speaks

Ignorant hatred.

 


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