A Hyphenated American

A HYPHENATED AMERICAN
by
Priscilla Galstaun­-Khader

I’m not racist, nor am I a bigot.
I love and respect you, Muslim­-American
but your prophet is evil.

Why don’t you
denounce
renounce
condemn
repent
Seek redemption for what you represent?

I’m not racist, nor am I a bigot
I love and respect you, Muslim-­American
but your religion is primeval.

Why are you
silent
impenitent
reticent
maleficent
Not groveling and obsequiant?

I’m not racist, nor am I a bigot
I love and respect you, Muslim-­American
But you people are of the devil.

Why do you
radicalize
demonize
victimize
martyrize
take up arms and antagonize?

I’m not racist, nor am I a bigot
I love and respect you, Muslim­-American
But the Qur’an is medieval.

When will “your people” stop
maiming
killing
bombing
attacking
And eulogizing beheadings?

I’m not racist, nor am I a bigot
I love and respect you, Muslim­-American
But your Shariah is venal.

When will you
go back to where you came from
take with you your lonesome
faithless perdition
and leave us alone, some,
to our way and tradition?

I’m not racist, nor am I a bigot
I love and respect you, Muslim­-American
But you’re not getting my approval.

Don’t you know,
how you will never measure up
to our standards of being human
equal to your fellow countryman
African, Asian or Caucasian
because you are a Hyphenated-­American?

I’m not racist, nor am I a bigot
I love and respect you, Muslim­American
but you’re a cancer that is in need of removal.

You say you’re not racist, nor claim to be a bigot
You profess to love and respect me, Human­-American
and yet you are divisive.

Why don’t you
tolerate
acclimate
permeate
advocate
For all the virtues that you crusade?

You say you’re not racist, nor claim to be a bigot
You profess to love and respect me, Human-­American
and yet you are derisive.

Why are you
vexatious
pernicious
insalubrious
odious
in upholding true liberty, obnoxious?

You say you’re not racist, nor claim to be a bigot
You profess to love and respect me, Human-­American
and yet you are corrosive.

Why do you
stigmatize
generalize
bastardize
collectivize
the Muslim-­American franchise?

You say you’re not racist, nor claim to be a bigot
You profess to love and respect me, Human-­American
and yet you are selective.

When will you stop
invading
annihilating
misappropriating
militarizing
controlling and expropriating?

You say you’re not racist, nor claim to be a bigot
You profess to love and respect me, Human-­American
and yet you are deflective.

When will you
realize
internalize
legitimize
actualize
our right to Americanize?

You say you’re not racist, nor claim to be a bigot
You profess to love and respect me, Human-­American
and yet you are obsessive.

Why are you eager to
politically correct
with hatred infect
the human mind­set
to contest and object
to my natural right to be here, I attest?

You say you’re not racist, nor claim to be a bigot
You profess to love and respect me, Human­-American
then stop being erosive.

Don’t you know,
we too are about love and forgiveness
free to adjudicate according to whom one wills
for peace and liberty this Muslim-­American will
rush to your aid if things go downhill,
African, Asian or Caucasian, and
not because you are a Hyphenated-­American,
but because you’re God’s honored creation?

You say you’re not racist, nor claim to be a bigot
You profess to love and respect me, Human-­American
then why not be demonstrative of live and let live?

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