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I'm Sorry (Sikh Temple shooting response) // spoken word poetry

4y ago


A poem in response to the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings. Condolences and prayers to the families and community of those affected. Shot by Tommy Su (@snapitstudio) Written, edited, performed by jason chu (@JasonChuMusic) Lyrics: I'm Sorry. You might ask - why is a young East Asian Apologizing for the sins of a middle-aged Caucasian? I wasn't in Wisconsin as the guns blazed I didn't pull the trigger - I don't use my speech to hate BUT I HAVE sat back while they talk about the "facts" Interchangeably used "Muslim", "Hindu", "Sikh" and "terrorist acts" And my skin may be yellow, but that's pale enough For me to look past when they said "brown skin" equals "he might erupt" Deep down, we might care, but we're just glad it wasn't us I can fly under the radar - so I kept my mouth shut But silence is approval - and I didn't raise my voice So, in a way, I contributed to the violence by my choice And I wear this cross on my chest because I believe in love But apparently Christians care more about Chick-Fil-A than we do a massacre We raised hell to defend a CEO's comments Organized rallies, spent money, got indignant over the drama But I wonder if I'll see videos and famous pastors responding To the loss of six innocent lives in Wisconsin. So as a Chinese-American, I'm Sorry. I am not a racist, but I also haven't fought it When they tell jokes about turbans and suicide bombers But I get frustrated when they make Ching Chong jokes And no one else stands up for ME and MY folks And as a Christian, I'm Sorry. Sorry we fought over issues and forgot to make peace Sorry we said it's not OUR problem when YOU were crying in the streets Sorry that we say every person is a child of God But we mean: every person who acts, thinks, and worships like us. I've had chances to speak up and I've kept my mouth shut And then I wonder why YOU don't speak up when they're slandering US. So the next time I hear them talk about you I promise I'll speak up - it's the least that I can do