They Are Trying To Trademark The Revolution ‪#‎SolidarityWithJennicetGutiérrez

#‎SolidarityWithJennicetGutiérrez by Aaminah Shakur is intended to juxtapose the rainbow and gay marriage win with the reality that most cis white queers are the ones who benefit from the assimilation of marriage and are happy to throw an undocumented Brown trans woman of color under the bus to get what they want. It is about how we may have marriage but there are so many LGBTQI people suffering from too many things marriage cannot solve.

They are trying to trademark
the revolution
Tell us how it should go down
and what part
we are allowed to play in it
They done forgot what
freedoms they have
came from those
with nothing to lose
fighting like hell
against respectable methods
Our ancestors did not follow
blindly tripping on “yes, sir”
and head hung low
feigning some humility
so happy to be acknowledged
plodding along faithful
to the norm
ties tight, white gloves
clapping and smiling for
their oppressors’ every
favor granted
They did not sit and drink
champagne
while turning their backs to
those who weren’t invited
to sit down at all
and rolling their eyes at the
disturbance
We come from a long line
of disturbers of peace
and conditionally granted comforts
Revolution is not
respectable
smiling
waiting
it is tires of change
rolling on over
anyone who sits in the way
comfortable because they
got their seat already
Some people only join
up after
the war is half over
and they are sure who
the victors will be
until then they recommend caution
insist freedom is only
meant for those who
assimilate well
Some people never had to
stand in the back of the room
with security guards grabbing
at them
and yet believe they
are meant to be
supervisors
who tell the rest of us
we aren’t moving fast
enough and
then tell us to slow down
They say
don’t make demands
work within the system
and understand it is
slow
but surely they will
get to our needs
if we are just
a little more patient
and cooperative
What the hell kinda
revolution is that
when we are
told to be
polite
and build bridges
help others to see
our humanity
We are told the revolution
requires us to
hold on
hold back
stay up
don’t push
build solidarity
with people who don’t
see us as people
We are
commanded by those who
benefit from the system
staying just as it is
but who sweet talk
and jive about
how they are down
for the cause
Right up until that moment
when the cause
stands up
shouting
and their dinner
is disturbed
But we
are not meant to
be silent
never meant to survive
anyway
have nothing
and yet everything
to lose
and that means
everything more to
gain
So we come into
your dinner party
jump up on your table
kick over your champagne
Polite and sweet
never got us
nowhere
but loud and traffic stopping
has always
worked
If we can’t get your
solidarity
just by being
because it is the right thing
how is kissing your ass
going to somehow
yield us anything
but more ass kissing
We don’t have time
to crown new emperors
who are thinly disguised
replicas of the previous
We are the kings and queens
throwing down the idols
and building a new
reality

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#‎SolidarityWithJennicetGutiérrez is intended to juxtapose the rainbow and gay marriage win with the reality that most cis white queers are the ones who benefit from the assimilation of marriage and are happy to throw an undocumented Brown trans woman of color under the bus to get what they want. It is about how we may have marriage but there are so many LGBTQI people suffering from too many things marriage cannot solve.

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