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Message Vi Ransel

(or The Sting)

The deal white Americans
made with their leaders
allowed them the luxury
of feeling racially superior.

But they didn't read the fine print.
The deal gave leaders the option
to get rid of American labor
by outsourcing production.

While they'd benefited from the methods
used to keep Black Americans down,
they never thought their leaders
would take it and turn it around.

They're learning too late
being white's not enough.
They've been conned out of America
and they set themselves up.

It was never about color.
It was just business.  Capitalist business.
But white Americans won't admit it
'til it's too late to fix it.



"It's not personal, it's just business."
Michael Corleone (The Godfather, Part I)



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Vi's works appear widely both in print and online. She conducts Poetry Workshops and gives readings in Central New York. Her latest chapbook is "Sine Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).
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