A white supremacist visited my law school.


Whose Blood is on Our Soil? Hands?


A white supremacist walks into a public law library. 

What's the punchline?

We call someone a Nazi for correcting our grammar but someone else leads a crowd chanting "blood and soil" and we're leery of throwing out accusations.

One's a joke and one isn't, but when did Nazis become funny? When people with numbers tattooed on their bodies grew too old to remind you otherwise?

When he shouts blood, he calls for a national body united by race-- the same blood.

When he shouts soil, he calls for the eradication of different blood on the land.

And you cry First Amendment.
And you cry within the scope of the law.
But do you cry for the sanctity of civility, of progress, of clean hands?

Legal and just have never been twins but acquaintances. They meet up and acknowledge one another in passing but they are not blood on our soil.

That is to say, when you hear the store teller say he moved back home because he heard too much Spanish elsewhere, you don't debate whether he can say it. You know that he should not and so you say, "Debes aprender mi idioma."

When he shouts you all look Jewish, you say, "shalom, fucker, that's a compliment if I've ever heard one."

When he cries terrorist? Alhamdulillah.

Black lives matter-- prove that you mean it. When you see the young man pulled over, pull out your phone and stay. Share arroz con pollo from your home. Compliment your friends in hijab. When you're invited to a Shabbat dinner, go and bring a bottle of wine.

The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb. Engulf our soil with your curiosity and empathy and open-mindedness and compassion.

That man may have every legal right to be here, to spew hatred, but that does not make him welcome and that does not make us helpless.

His vision for our nation is no laughing matter. So drown him out, make him feel like the grossest minority among a sea of solidarity.

And remember that there are smaller versions of him everywhere we go, and that when we are silent, we are complicit.

Don't let his First Amendment rights stifle your own. We are louder and we have fires in our bellies and we will demand justice in our time when our laws do not account for it. And that's no joke.








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Written on 2018-04-29 at 02:32

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yes, kant can The PoetBay support member heart!
i don't understand his argument,
why the supremacist mentions blood when indeed it should be genes?
2018-04-29


Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
You've said a mouthful of truth here. Well done!
Ashe
2018-04-29


one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
thank you for this, work for justice
2018-04-29