Once, a man told me the lynchings of Blacks
Cannot be compared to the Nazis
Extermination of a whole nation
Is genocide; not so, the case of the other.
The systematic, deliberate slaughter
Is murder for murder, for murder’s sake.
One, genocide, the other was terror;
Now I’m corrected, a semantic error.
A justification, to not mention hate;
Rather, a matter of meta-debate.
It’s nice, if you’re white, there’s nothing at stake.
Where People are chattel, land-bound as cattle,
Who would, on purpose, destroy his estate?
Blame it on actions emotions negate.
I stand corrected! A semantic mistake,
Where murder is other: A meta-debate.
©2015, Marvin Welborn
14 February 2015. Revised 16 Feb 15.