While you were protesting out on the street,
you could have given a hungry child something to eat.
While you were screaming, “Love trumps hate!”
you could have spooned food on a homeless vet’s plate.
While you were getting arrested for aggravated assault,
a person waiting for an ambulance died, but of course, it’s not your fault.
While you were busy being angry because the election didn’t go your way,
you could have seen to it that a homeless mother and her child had a place to stay.
While you were enjoying your misery which you bring upon yourself,
you could have been stacking canned goods at your local food shelf.
You are part of the problem and still, this you cannot see,
for if we really want change, it must start with you and me.
No president can make us care and join hands, love and sing.
Nor can he keep us from love by taking away a ring.
You give him too much credit for the things, we alone can do,
so, when you protest again tonight, know that hate is inside you!
Shelby I. Courtland
©2016 Shelby I. Courtland
I have been reading about the protests that are going on all across America. Why are you protesting? What is your point? If you think that parading up and down the street holding a sign stating that “Love trumps hate!” makes us gasp and exclaim over your brilliance, think again. And if you actually think you’re doing something constructive, tell me, who dropped you on your head? If you are so concerned about those who you think will be impacted by a Trump presidency, then for the love of whatever deity you believe in, roll up your sleeves and do something, constructive, as in denouncing the hatefulness of your own relatives, do something to help inner city children learn as in get up off your ass and go into a school and volunteer to become a mentor or a tutor. Volunteer at a housing counseling center and help someone locate affordable housing. Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity and help a family move off the streets and into a new home. Go to a nursing home and visit with the elderly who are more than likely lonely and have no will left to live. Put down your ‘Love trumps Hate!” sign and actually follow through on the words. Getting your picture taken by CNN or ABC does nothing. Ask Black folks just how many times protesting did anything for them or solved any of their problems. I will tell you. Not one single goddamn time!
If you believe that we have bitten off more than we can chew, then by all means, stand up and head to the nearest homeless shelter and help. Head to the nearest soup kitchen and dish out some soup. Donate to clothe the homeless. Volunteer at the Veterans Administration and help someone who has practically lost their mind from endless military deployments overseas get the help they need. Patch an elderly person’s roof. Put that energy you are wasting into doing something useful. Your hot air is not accomplishing a thing. Your safety pins are so damn foolish, it’s laughable. Your memes and Facebook likes and tweets are nothing. Your hashtags do what? What do they accomplish? Not a damn thing! Here is the perfect opportunity for you; those of you who scream the loudest about how they fear for and care for those whom Donald Trump has disparaged and then turn right around and do nothing but bust out with a safety pin??????…. and then go and march down the street, screaming and yelling and who is that helping? Oh, I get it. It’s helping you. It’s making you think that if someone sees you with a sign and your safety pin, then you’ve done your part. After today, you can go home and completely ignore those people who you want everyone to know, you care about. You are some piece of work. You’re part of the problem, but you are most definitely NOT the solution. Go home and take your dumb as hell safety pin with you! We get it! You are angry with yourself because you are selfish, self-serving, self-centered and you’re going to continue to do what you’ve always done about it, piss in the wind! That is all any of you who are protesting in the streets are doing, pissing in the wind! I wish they’d lock all you assholes up and throw away the key because you’re useless. We don’t need you! We need people who want to do something constructive about all the shit that’s going down. Those people that Donald Trump has disparaged, need help now, not after he is sworn in. They need your help now and where are you? Holding a goddamn sign and a safety pin and screaming, “Love trumps Hate!” You pack of dumb ass degenerates. Get real and then, go get a life!