Built upon

10 Jun

“Being ethnic in America, we have always seen ourselves through a Euro-centric perspective, it’s the culture that America was built on.” -Dante Basco.


Built upon



built on

the culture of Europeans,

on the backs of Asians,

by the hands of Blacks,

through the blood of Natives,

the sweat of Latinos,

the cries of Pacific Islanders,

and the tears of the trodden-upon

and ignored.

Built, around and despite

the firm dignity of the abused,

on Western values.

Built upon

and built upon

and built upon,

with thrumming steadiness,

on the backs of humans.

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