Trumpteenth (or Everything Wrong with that JacKKKass Holding a Rally on Juneteenth) - Drew Anderson

27th August 2020 | Blog Admin | Poetry

 
Donald Trump
holding a re-election rally
on Juneteenth…
…is like the KKK
holding a revival
in Rosewood.
…is like Stephen Glass
teaching a journalistic ethics class.
…is like 50 Cent
performing a Ja Rule tribute
at the Fyre Festival.
…is like Nas
performing “Ether”
at Jay-Z’s birthday party.
…is like Kanye West
declaring that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”
only to end up
as washed away
by the MAGA craze
as the Gulf Coast
was washed away
by Katrina’s waves.
(You ain’t got the answers, Ye.)

No…
Donald Trump
holding an Orange Is The New President
shindig
thingamajig
on Emancipation Day
in Tulsa…
…is like Tina Turner
being invited
to be the opening act
for a pimp convention
hosted by Ike Turner.
(What’s love got to do with it?)
…is like Dr. Fauci
catching COVID-19
at a coronavirus press conference
after getting sneezed on
by the President.
(Damn…grabbed him by the Fauci…)
…is like a neo-Nazi sock hop
at the Holocaust Museum.

No, no…
Donald Trump
holding a
Make
America
Hate
Again
festivus
to mess with
the rest of us
on Freedom Day
in Tulsa, Oklahoma
home of Black Wall Street…
…is like George Zimmerman
planking
on Trayvon Martin’s grave
while sipping
Arizona Ice Tea
and sucking
on some Skittles .
(Taste the rainbow, Beast Mode…)
…is like the Minneapolis cop
who killed George Floyd
and his three a-cop-lices
who kneeled beside him
all serving as pallbearers
at George Floyd’s funeral.
(Waaaade in the slaughter…)
…is like Satan himself
pissing
on Christ
as he hung
from the cross.
(How’s that for holy water?)

No…
No…
No…
Donald
Trump
holding
a
Keep
America
God
Damned
Great
conclave
on Juneteenth
in Tulsa, Oklahoma
99 years after the Black Wall Street Massacre
while the ink on our “Black Lives Matter” protest posters
is still as wet
as the blood
in Breonna Taylor’s bedroom…
.
.
.
…is a lot like Donald Trump
being elected
President
of the United States
in the first place.

It is nose-thumbing nerve
at its nonsensical nadir.

It is a hypocrisy
whose ridiculousness in nature
is exceeded only by the obliviousness
of its perpetrators.

It is a disrespect
too specific
to be an accident.
 
It is,
in other words,
exactly
what
I
have
come
to
expect
of
America.

Biography

Drew Anderson

Drew Anderson is a former science teacher turned teaching artist, having developed his own curriculum called "Spoof School" which uses the art of parody songwriting to get students of all ages more connected to (and thus more invested in) their learning. Drew's proud accomplishments include producing the award-winning two-man show From Gumbo to Mumbo along with his partner-in-rhyme Dwayne B! the Crochet Kingpin, helping to spread the Hip Hop Shakespeare movement along with his comrades in the Baltimore-based Fools and Madmen collective, and founding and co-hosting Spit Dat, the longest-running open mic in the District of Columbia.


This poem features as part of the Azania To DC Arts Exchange 2020, brought to you by Hear My Voice and Jonathan B Tucker and made possible through funding from the DC Commission on the Arts And Humanities and the National Arts Council

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