America Believes It Is White
Because America still thinks it’s White.
Because it thinks it’s the West of the West.
Because it forgot the Arab saved the Greek.
Because it forgot the Moors brought the science.
Because it forgot so much English is Sanskrit.
Because it forgot all the White-on-White wars.
Because the Statue of Liberty
Was recast as White.
Because Langston Hughes
Was never, too, America.
Because it believes that White is a thing.
Because it believes that that thing is It.
Because it believes that that It is Itself.
Because America still thinks it’s White
That’s why we need all these guns.