Where will you be? Why Black Lives Matter in the Hawaiian Kingdom by Joy Enomoto

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As a closing thought, I have written a variation to Black lesbian activist, Pat Parker’s poem “ Where will you be?”

Where will we all be when they come?
And they will come —
they will come because
we are defined as opposite
perverse
and we are perverse.

Every time we watched
a queer hassled in the streets
and said nothing
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we did not interrupt racism
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we heard,
someone say that Muslims
are all extremist terrorists
and said nothing
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we let
a Black mother lose her child
and did not fill
the courtroom
fill the streets
take over buildings
shut down cities
–It was an act of perversion.

Every time we let
our friends and family
accuse Micronesians
of being welfare burdens
and say nothing
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we hear
the State proclaim that
there is no such thing
as a climate refugee
and refuse to open our
our borders
our homes
– It is an act of perversion.

Every time we heard
a transgender woman
lost her life
and the killer is set free
and we did not
take to the streets
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we made excuses
for rapists
for misogynists
for transphobia and homophobia
– It was an act of perversion.

Every time we watched
Zionist expansion,
Israeli checkpoints and
the genocide of Palestinians
and did nothing
– It was an act of perversion

Every time they build
and expand military bases in
Hawaiʻi
Guam
Puerto Rico
the Philippines
Okinawa
and do not fill the islands with bodies of resistance
– It is an act of perversion

And they will come.
They will come
for the perverts
& it won’t matter if you’re
homosexual, not a faggot
lesbian, not a dyke
gay, not queer
It won’t matter if you
own your business
have a good job
or are on S.S.I.
It won’t matter if you’re
Black
Hawaiian
Tongan
Samoan
Okinawan
Chamorro
Chicano
Native American
Asian
or White
It won’t matter if you’re from
New York
or Los Angeles
Galveston
or Standing Rock
It won’t matter if you’re
Butch, or Femme
Not into roles
Monogamous
Non-Monogamous
It won’t matter if you’re
Catholic
Baptist
Atheist
Jewish
or Mormon
They will come
They will come
to the cities
and to the land
to your front rooms and in your closets.
They will come for the perverts
and where will
you be
When they come?

Eō.

Continue reading at https://hehiale.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/where-will-you-be-why-black-lives-matter-in-the-hawaiian-kingdom/

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