America Has Always Been Proud of Its Boys’ Ability to Terrorize

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The acting director of homeland security, Chad Wolf, recently released an annual assessment of violent threats to America, according to a report from The Guardian. He wrote about being “particularly concerned about white supremacist violent extremists who have been exceptionally lethal in their abhorrent, targeted attacks in recent years.”

The following is a poem about the pride America has always taken in violent white masculinity. It is a foundational terror that ebbs and flows, but is always available to do this country’s bidding.

America Has Always Been Proud of Its Boys’ Ability to Terrorize

They always smiled for the pictures

always called friends and family

and all the townsfolk they could muster

to gather around the spectacle

white violence is a favored American sport

and the crowd has always gone wild...

reckless...barbarian

always cheered with a full voice

whenever a non-white body

went limp

With every new evolution of sport

the equipment grew more sophisticated

the whip begat the noose

the noose begat the rifle

the rifle begat the Billy club

begat the bomb

begat the never-ending fire

White supremacy begat the chaos

created the rules of engagement

that afforded whiteness permanent

home field advantage

but somehow

acts surprised

when its boys rage with

the type of toxicity that

leaves the stadium in ashes

America has always been the home

of Proud Boys

has always provided the nurturing

and kerosene and

infrastructure to

(em)power its sons to victory

Whiteness has always been

their winning strategy and those boys are just following

the playbook laid out for them.

About the Author

Donney Rose is a poet, essayist, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, advocate and Chief Content Editor at The North Star. He believes in telling how it is and how it should be.