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Thanks Giving and Resisting

Thanks Giving and Resisting
by Kristin Richardson Jordan

There’s something crazy about eating turkey
While my people are dying
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful
But also tiered of all this lying
Grateful for my home my family my friends
Yet part of me really wonders how much we can pretend
Pretend that we’re not feasting
On the backs of Native Americans

Our turkey, isn’t it kinda full of holes?
This stuffing kinda well- kinda killing our souls?
And yet there is such power in love and in gratitude
This holiday is giving while it’s taking
So kind
So rude

I find myself torn
Trying to celebrate all I’ve gotten
And yet from trail of tears to Mike Brown
I can’t help feeling this country’s rotten
The answer? I don’t know
If I did I’d certainly share
But I think it falls somewhere between
Resisting because you know
And giving because you care

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I am an activist, author, and teaching artist passionate about anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-imperialist education. I started Pens Up Press because I love to read and write and because I believe in the power of our people to liberate ourselves and each other through learning and grassroots activism. In conjunction with Pens Up Press, I manage the Uproar Poetry Group facilitating free creative writing workshops and supporting free open mic events. I live in Harlem with my dear friend Marcus Potts, my fiancee Xi'an Glynn, and my black cat Squeaky.

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