Academic journal article Making Connections

150 Year-Old Drum Taps

Academic journal article Making Connections

150 Year-Old Drum Taps

Article excerpt

As levees of the Red South bleed from the rushing Mississippi

And the Black River in South Carolina resembles Iced Tea

We know we cannot step in the same rivers twice

I stare at my office bookcase

Laced with critical theory, critical pedagogy, critical race studies

And critical whiteness

Drunk on desk copies the shelves sag

Under the weight of Academe

The irrepressible urge to other and deconstruct otherness

As a gloss, a veneer, a membrane of obfuscation

Becomes an academic strategy

Denial of difference serves as a mantra, like's states' rights

Denial is not just a river between two vistas, but a strategy of separation

The term Civil War is both a misnomer and a marker

The birth of a nation went with the wind, and left a placenta to rot in place

Now, as secessionist balls pepper the South, the trope of heritage serves as a napkin

Commemorations are OK, but do they have to play Dixie?

150 years later

Wood shelf of history section of bookstore in

Madras, Oregon reading

The War of Northern Aggression

150 years past

Stars and Bars license plate displayed behind the store counter in

Ann Arbor, Michigan staring

eyes of customers in the Midwest

150 years out

record stores sell Nazi holograms in

San Francisco, California teetering

Between calm bays and rough seas

150 years after The Civil War, we tap our heels like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz

As levees of the Red South bleed from the rushing Mississippi

And the Black River in South Carolina hides the scars of segregation

We know the rivers and cannot step in them again

150 years later we need to re-dredge old waterways and let new reeds emerge

We need to comb old wakes and currents and keep searching

For clean water, unstained

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