Unholy Words

“Unholy Words”

we rise in
defense
of unkind words
of unholy words
in the name
of God

are unkind words
merely unholy
when they
are spoken
by those
you label
as unworthy?

are unkind words
merely unholy
when such
words are
spoken about
your ethnicity?

do unholy words
merely become
sacred when
they are
spoken by
men of faith?

how can we
say ‘take no other gods’
yet we defend
words as zealously
and ferociously
as those
who defended idols
the idols of Mecca
the idols associated with God

-To non-black Muslims on anti-black racism

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