A White Tyrant

A white tyrant
Does not need to be outspoken.
A white tyrant
Is created, elevated, and perpetuated in a system that’s broken.
A white tyrant
May not even recognize
A white tyrant
Before their eyes.
A white tyrant
Could wear many-a disguise.
A white tyrant
Could unwittingly be the thing they despise.
A white tyrant
Could simply be a silent witness.
A white tyrant
Could be made ignoring another human’s distress.
A white tyrant
Could think themselves justified
Because a white tyrant
May genuinely feel terrified.
A white tyrant
Could exist for a moment or a lifetime.
A white tyrant
Could inflict micro-aggressions or commit hate crimes.
A white tyrant
Could be waving their stars and bars.
A white tyrant
Could want them "not mixing with ours."
A white tyrant
Could be screaming or silent.
All it takes to be a white tyrant,
Is to be compliant.

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Writer of poetry, dark fiction, and social commentary; Reading and writing about the human experience.

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