• Jan Avellana

Democracy Did Not Die Yesterday

Democracy did not die yesterday—

It has been dead to many for an eon.

Just ask the suvivors of the Lakota People,

whose kin were massacred in the Battle of Wounded Knee,

or the Native Hawaiian People

who were subjected to a stolen kingdom that has never been made right,

Just ask the Japanese American People whose ancestors in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

lost their lives under General Dahlquist in their rescue of The Lost Battalion,

go ask them about democracy.

Or talk to a child in today's immigration detention camps,

the unwashed ones who were raped and killed—

try talking to them.

Yesterday, democracy may have died for the great majority,

but make no mistake that for the vulnerable minority

democracy did not die yesterday—

It has been dead to many for an eon.


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